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Game #4040
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Dark Tower    View all Top Dogs in this genreCollection: 3U Games
Strategy   Tabletop strategy

Rating: 7.33 (30 votes)

Dark Tower box cover

Dark Tower screenshot
Dark Tower is an excellent Java remake of a classic 1981 board game from Milton Bradley of the same name. You should definitely hunt down the original board game if you love innovative toys, because it has many interesting "gimmicks," including neat 3D plastic landmarks and an electronic, touchpad-equipped plastic tower that arbitrates the results of battles, the distribution of artifacts, and other game events. It can display small images, numeric readouts, and even plays groovy sound effects.

This freeware computer version lacks the "coolness" of the original board game, but it is the next best thing especially if you can't round up enough people to play the board game with. As in the original board game, 2-4 players race the others around the circular board in a quest: each player tries to locate a key in each of the foreign countries, then return to his or her own country and proceed to the inner part of the board and attack the Tower itself. The players can apply Curses and place obstacles to slow each other down, but they never enter combat against each other. All battles are fought against the monstrous "Brigands" which are computer-controlled.

Dark Tower is a fun, action-packed fantasy strategy game that has inspired many board games. If you enjoy the likes of Avalon Hill's Wizard's Quest or HeroQuest, you will enjoy this early classic as well. The computer version is very faithful to the original, and offers competent computer AI so that you can play solo. Recommended to every fan of fantasy strategy games.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Michael Bommer
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2002
Software Copyright: Michael Bommer
Theme: Fantasy
System Requirements: Java 2 Runtime Library
Where to get it:
Related Links: The Dark Tower Page
If you like this game, try: Wizard's Quest, Quest for the Rings, The, Hero Quest

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