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Were there any games with multiple protagonists before LSL3?

I know that was quite a surprise the first time I got to the 2nd half of the game to see that I'd be playing as Patti. Who'd have every thought that in a series called "Leisure Suit Larry," you'd ever play as someone who isn't Leisure Suit Larry?
Maniac Mansion came before LSL3 and has multiple protagonists.
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01kipper: Maniac Mansion came before LSL3 and has multiple protagonists.
So possibly the first graphical adventure game then?

Multiple characters were already possible in Bruce Lee (1984) on C64/Amstrad CPC and others. It had a 2 player option.

I wonder if someone finds an even older game.
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m_kiewitz: Multiple characters were already possible in Bruce Lee (1984) on C64/Amstrad CPC and others. It had a 2 player option.

I wonder if someone finds an even older game.
Oh man, I remember Bruce Lee, loved that game BITD :) ... Hmmmmm, now you've got me thinking (I'm far from an expert on early computer games though). I think the question will largely boil down to what the definition is of "multiple protagonists".

I believe the OP meant games where one single player can control multiple protagonists, not two player games where the different players have different characters (in which case there is Spacewar! (1961/1962)).

I recall [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combat_(1977_video_game)]Combat[/url] for the Atari 2600 (1977) where you can control different vehicles, but think those would qualify as separate games rather than multiple protagonists.

A bit of research pulled up (1971), a text game where you can control different players on your team. There is also [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon_(video_game)]Dungeon (1975) where you control each character in your party separately. (I'm unfamiliar with these two games personally so I'm not sure how far the "multiple protagonists" definition applies).

This is getting rather interesting, I wonder if I should repost it on the main/general forum?
Post edited February 22, 2017 by 01kipper