The problem I have with this poll is there are a lot of "hit" titles missing, at least from my American perspective, and quite a few of my favorites are missing. There two there that I could choose as my favorites, but ONLY from the list provided, and only one of those would make my top 3 of 1985, Rescue on Fractalus (second). My all-time favorite Atari 8-bit game, which is from 1985 is Alternate Reality: The City. My third choice would be, if it were listed, is The Eidelon and fourth Ballblazer and fifth Koronis Rift, all from Lucasfilm, all released for the 8-bits, at least in America, in 1985. Not that there aren't other favorites of mine on the list above, but not in my top 3 or 5, or even 10. So I have to refrain from voting as there is only one game there, in my top 3 from 1985.
I assume this is a list of the only "hits" there were for the 8-bit in England? The ones I mentioned were all hits in the U.S., and bigger hits than most of what you listed, except for Rescue on Fractalus and Dropzone. But wasn't Elektra Glide an English Hit? It was in the U.S., and Spy vs. Spy II, The Great American Cross-Country Road Race, Mercenary, Zorro. All hits in the states in 1985 that aren't listed, did you guys not get these games in the U.K.? Or maybe later? Or maybe they weren't hits over there? Maybe because they weren't tape releases so they didn't sell enough in the U.K. for that reason? Since in the U.S. by that time we had all moved on to disk drives, and these were only disk releases, in the U.S. as well as U.K.?
Create another rival poll, fella - go for it - I just went for 10 which had proved popular in Page 6 that year in the UK which also represented some of the US talent we had available (software voting is always going to be problematic as we could go on forever, as you point out, with other titles which could easily run into 20-30 options...) It aint easy this pollstering lark.
I think I'm the only, or one of the very few, Yanks here, so if these games weren't as popular in the U.K. or unreleased there until later, or disk only or whatever, I don't think it's worth another poll. It's obviously a U.K. hits poll, based off a U.K. only magazine for reference, so I'll just refrain.