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Dark Tower - MB, 1981

One push of a keyboard button transports you into a world of fire-spitting dragons, warrior heroes, exotic market places and undreamt of treasure! Dark Tower is an electronic fantasy adventure game first published by MB in 1981.

Dark Tower
Dark Tower, MB, 1981. (The box comes in 2 designs, which are very slightly different)

Dark Tower is a very rare game to find, as it was the subject of an intellectual property lawsuit and was removed from sale shortly after release. It is also especially hard to find copies in full working order, as the tower electronics were prone to breaking down after extended use. A fully complete and working copy of Dark Tower therefore sells for very high prices.

Game Details

Game: Dark Tower
Company: MB
Players: 1-4
Year: 1981

Game Play

The object of the game is to retrieve the Ancient Magic Sceptre by travelling through 3 foreign kingdoms and discovering 3 magic keys. On returning to your home kingdom, you must try to solve the Riddle of the Keys and storm the Dark Tower by defeating the Brigands within.

You plan your moves by pressing buttons on the central Dark Tower, which displays a wide range of different illuminated images and plays various sound effects. Your warrior pawn travels anti-clockwise from kingdom to kingdom around the circular gameboard.

Game Contents

A fully complete game will have the following contents.

1 plastic tower (game unit)
1 circular gameboard
1 plastic tower base
16 plastic buildings
4 plastic warrior pawns
1 plastic dragon pawn
12 plastic key pieces
5 plastic flags
42 plastic score pegs
4 cardboard score charts
4 plastic score chart trays
4 cardboard Pegasus tokens
1 label sheet
1 instruction booklet
1 spare light bulb and extractor