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The Apple I was one of the first personal computers developed by Apple Computer, Inc. (now known as Apple Inc.). It was designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, with the help of Steve Jobs, in 1976. The Apple I was a simple, single-board computer that featured a MOS 6502 CPU, 4 KB of memory (expandable to 8 KB), and a built-in keyboard interface. It did not include a monitor, keyboard or power supply, these were provided separately and the user had to assemble the computer. The Apple I was designed to be a hobbyist computer, it was not intended for mass production and it was sold as a kit that users could assemble themselves. The Apple I was sold by the company at a price of $666.66. The Apple I had a relatively small library of software available, most of the software that was available for the Apple I was written by hobbyists and enthusiasts. The Apple I was not a commercial success, it was criticized for its high price, lack of popular games, and its late release, which came at a time when the market was already dominated by more advanced computers like the Commodore PET and the Atari 800. The Apple I is now considered a collector's item and is highly sought after by enthusiasts and retro computing enthusiasts. It is known for its historical significance, as it was one of the first personal computers and it was the first product developed and sold by Apple. The Apple I had a relatively small library of games available, most of the software that was available for the Apple I was written by hobbyists and enthusiasts. Some examples of games for the Apple I include: Star Trek: A text-based game that simulates the Star Trek universe. Hunt the Wumpus: A text-based game where players navigate a cave system and hunt a mythical creature called the Wumpus. Lunar Lander: A text-based game where players attempt to land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon. The Oregon Trail: A text-based game where players simulate a journey on the Oregon Trail. These games were relatively basic compared to games for other computers of the time, but they were still popular among Apple I users. Due to the limited release of the computer and the small library of games and software, Apple I games are relatively scarce and hard to find. It's worth noting that, the Apple I was not designed for gaming and its main purpose was for hobbyist and educational uses. The games that were available for the Apple I were primarily text-based and simple in nature.