Saturday, October 29, 2011

Dark Tower Lives!

I'm so excited! Back in 1981, Milton Bradley (now owned by Hasbro) released a board game called Dark Tower. I was 9 at the time, but around the time I was 10-11, I got this game for Christmas. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen! The board was circular and had 3-D plastic buildings that snapped into it, 3-D keys, flags, and even a miniature plastic dragon. That in itself was unusual for a mainstream board game at the time, but the kicker was the huge dark tower (get it?) in the center of the board. The tower was electronic and took care of movement, combat, exploration, you name it. Keep in mind, this was before the era of amazing computer games. This board game may has well have been from the future as far as I was concerned. I played it all the time.

I don't remember what happened to it, but at some point it disappeared. I suppose my parents either threw it out or sold it at some point. When I got back into board games a few years ago, I entertained the idea of buying a used copy of this game, but it is very hard to find. And when you do find it, it sells for $200-300. And I'm not even sure if the electronics would still work after all this time. And, in all honesty, the game may not be as fun as I remember and that's not something I wanted to come to terms with after forking over $300.

Then tonight I stumbled across a free online version of the game at the Well of Souls Dark Tower Fan Page. I'm off to try it out, and at least this way if it turns out not to be as fun as it was almost 30 years ago, it won't have cost me anything.

For those that are interested, here's a direct link to the Flash version at Well of Souls: Dark Tower Online Flash Version.

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