In NetHack you can sacrifice sufficiently fresh corpses at altars for various benefits. Are there any earlier games where such sacrifices are a general game mechanic? Going by the TV Tropes page on Offerings to the Gods NetHack, circa 1987, seems to be the earliest.

There's only so many games before then. Pre-1980 has about 50, and TVTropes knows about 500 between 1980 and 1987.

(By "general game mechanic" I mean "excluding altar sacrifices which are done only to solve a puzzle and/or advance the plot".)

  • Maybe say that there's only ~50 games before the 1980s (tvtropes.org/Main/EarlyVideoGames) and there's only so many games before. Whoops, I added it. Delete it if you want.
    – Malady
    Commented Dec 24, 2022 at 18:24


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