The Dark Tower, by Milton Bradley, first arrived in 1981 as board game that featured impressive technology for the time period. The gameplay centered around an electronic tower that lit up, played music, and facilitated the fantasy adventure game through a small computer in the black plastic tower piece itself. Restoration Games has taken on the challenge of making this old game new again in their latest board game Kickstarter project called Return to Dark Tower.
Return to Dark Tower will be a cooperative game where heroes who go on quests, battle enemies, and test their mettle against The Dark Tower. The new version offers streamlined rules and advanced strategy elements where players are required to make difficult choices about when to advance their objective, build resources, fight threats, or level up. This game was designed by Rob Daviau and Isaac Childres along with Noah Cohen, Brian Neff, and Justin D. Jacobson, and it supports one to four players, ages 10 and up, and plays in 100 to 120 minutes.
The Return to Dark Tower Kickstarter offers a retailer reward level that allows stores to pledge $50.00 to the campaign to set a pre-order for a minimum of four copies of the game that will be delivered prior to the official street date. As of the publication of this article, the Return to Dark Tower Kickstarter is fully funded and has raised $1,624,060 with 9,691 backers ($167.58 per backer), with 19 days to go.
Recently, Restoration Games and Mondo announced more Unmatched sets (see "Mondo and Restoration Games Reveal New 'Unmatched' Games").