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Dark Tower

(Milton Bradley - 1981)

Dark Tower board game.
Dark Tower was an innovative hybrid of a role playing game and board game using a fusion of computerized electronic parts in a traditional board game setting. It was released by Milton Bradley in 1981. This game capitalized on both the D&D role playing craze and the video game explosion in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Dark Tower screen display animation.The object of the game was to navigate a circular playing board through four kingdoms, collecting gold, warriors and three magical keys needed to storm the Dark Tower and defeat the brigands that held the tower to attain victory. The action was guided by the electronic Dark Tower in the middle of the board... It dictated all of the events leading up to you storming the tower. The outcome of every battle was determined randomly by the computer in the tower.
As you travel through the four kingdoms, you can visit the buildings in each land to obtain more gear, food, gold and warriors to prepare for the ultimate battle at the end of the game. But beware the dragon that can swoop down at random to take some of your gold and warriors. But that's not all... other players can curse you causing the loss of gold and your all important warriors as well. So be the first to claim all three magical keys, solve the puzzle at the end of the game, and battle the brigands to obtain victory before the other players do.
Dark Tower control panel.The control keyboard on the tower is used to input your moves into the computer so that actions can be determined and random events can be shown in the windows of the tower. An interesting fact is that you actually don't need any other pieces except the tower to play a game, as the entire scope of gameplay is dictated by the tower itself.
The game is so rare because of litigation. The court found that Milton Bradley misappropriated the trade secrets of Alan Coleman and Roger Burten who had invented the concept in 1970 and tried to sell the idea to Milton Bradley in February of 1980. After Milton Bradley rejected their idea, they went on to release the Dark Tower game in 1981. Damages totaling almost 3/4 of a million dollars were awarded to Coleman and Burten. So the Dark Tower was only on the market for less than a year.
Dark Tower reminds me a lot of the Voice of the Mummy board game. I personally loved this game as a kid and wished that more hybrids like it would be released, but few ever were, such as Mattel's Dungeons & Dragons Computer Labyrinth game. it was a fun time to grow up.

Specifications for the Dark Tower Game

Basic specifications for the Dark Tower board game are listed below.
Model:
4149
Release date:
1981
Original Price:
US $24.95
Number of Players:
1-4
Suggested Age Range:
10 - Adult
Board Dimensions:
24" Diameter(610mm)
Box Dimensions:
19-3/4"L(502mm) x 12-1/2"W(318mm) x 7"D(178mm)
Batteries:
D cell (2x)

My Dark Tower Collection

These are the Milton Bradley Dark Tower board game items that I currently have in my personal vintage gaming collection. I am always open to sell or trade any of my duplicates. I am also looking for other Dark Tower items for my collection... see my wish list below.
Boxed Working Milton Bradley Dark Tower Game (x1)
Flag - Dark Tower (x1)
Flag - Arisilon (x1)
Flag - Brynthia (x1)
Flag - Durnin (x1)
Flag - Zenon (x1)
Score Chart (x4)

Dark Tower Items Wanted

I will buy your Dark Tower items. I will pay cash or trade you for the items listed below or anything you do not see in my personal collection listed above. CONTACT ME
Boxed Working Milton Bradley Dark Tower Game
Boxed Not Working Milton Bradley Dark Tower Game
Working/Non Working Tower Game Unit
Game Box
Warrior Pawns
Dragon Pawn
Key Pieces
Flags
Score Charts
Pegasus Tokens
Gameboard
Buildings
Instruction Manual
Bulb Replacement Kit

Dark Tower Items For Sale or Trade

These are the Dark Tower board game items that I currently have for sale/trade from my personal vintage gaming collection. CONTACT ME
Flag - Dark Tower (x1)
Flag - Arisilon (x1)
Flag - Brynthia (x1)
Flag - Durnin (x1)
Flag - Zenon (x1)
Score Chart (x4)

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mommynaynay | Sep 25, 2014 8:45am
I am 47 years old and have this game from my 16th birthday!!!!. It was given to me by a very dear friend after she found it at a flea market. I think she paid like 10 bucks. It is in excellent condition with every piece including spare bulbs and even the original warranty! The box is a little beat up but overall this is a fantastic piece of history from my childhood one I would never part with for any amount of money. My 12 yr old son and 8 yr old daughter love this game as well and we play it as a family on family game night :-)
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