Restoration Games is turning their attention to another ‘Holy Grail’ game of the 80’s
Way back in 1981, Milton Bradley released an incredibly experimental board game – Dark Tower.
On the surface, it may look like fairly standard fantasy fare. Search the four realms for three keys to unlock the Dark Tower. Explore the board, fight monsters, buy items from the market – yep nothing really out of the ordinary these days.
But in 1981, the Dark Tower itself was the app that kept tabs on what was happening and directed play. It had a small keypad that allowed players to input their moves, and the tower made various sounds or lit up various panels to show what was happening.
And the best bit (well, for some) – Orson Welles himself did the ad!
While Dark Tower was released over 30 years ago, there are still a lot of people that go to amazing lengths to have a copy in their collection – working or not! This is very similar to another game released in the 80’s I have talked about on the site before – Fireball Island.
I have loved almost everything Restoration Games has released. The only game I am not going out of my way to play is a game called Indulgence. It is by all accounts a fine game, but I was never a fan on the of the DragonMaster (well, original for what I played), so the restoration did not hold a lot of interest for me.
That’s one game though. Stop Thief! took another innovative design from the 80’s and made a beautiful deduction game with solo, cooperative and competitive game modes. Downforce (which I got to play again last night actually) made racing games fun again, and I am looking forward to the new tracks and powers this year. Even Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar lured me in, and I am looking forward to that appearing in the mail later this year!
And then during Gen Con, the following video was let lose on the world.
Restoration Games track record and nostalgia have once again combined to get me excited about an old game that by today’s standards is primitive and ‘not fun’. And with Gloomhaven designer Isaac Childers working with Rob Daviau and the Restoration Games team, Return to Dark Tower should become something special indeed!
But there will be a wait. A long wait. According to statements made during Gen Con 2018, Return to Dark Tower won’t be on Kickstarter until 2020 sometime – and that’s all going well.
Until then, I will just have to track down a copy of Dinosaur Tea Party to keep my Restoration Games release anticipation in check 🙂
Until next time,