Dungeons and Dragons VS Dark Tower

Dungeons and Dragons VS Dark Tower

Dungeons and Dragons

Which was better for Milton Bradley’s The Dark Tower or Mattel’s Electronic Dungeons and Dragons?

I’m sincerely asking because I’ve never played either. Not for lack of trying, mind you. I was ten when the fantasy craze started in the early 1980s, and I got swept up in it. I tried to play Dungeons and Dragons like many suburban kids with asthma; it seemed like something I might enjoy. I purchased the starter Dungeons and Dragons kit from a used bookstore and fell fast asleep reading the first two pages. This happened repeatedly; heck, I should keep it at my bedside now.

A local friend was a DM and invited me to play Dungeons and Dragons one Sunday afternoon. I got killed off for being silly and never asked back, I was not hurt by that.

After that experience, I really wanted to see if these electronic games would be more my speed, but something else was eating all my money, the Atari 2600.

There I found the fantasy game that was truly my speed filled with dragons, bats and secret rooms.



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  • Muppet John on August 31, 2022

    We played Dark Tower with everyone who lived on our street at one time or another. Parents included! Some of my favorite summer memories are of get togethers at our house playing that game.

  • David Salchow on August 31, 2022

    “Return to the Dark Tower” is highly recommended. Unfortunately, I also didn’t play either of the original games. Like Brian, I got into the Atari 2600. I worked a paper route the entire summer to earn enough. I believe these would have been treasured gifts. I remember my “rich” cousins had both. $45 is about $138 today and that might have been too pricey for my parents.

  • Chuck Dill on September 1, 2022

    I received both games for Christmas that year, along with a ton of football stuff. My parents desperately wanted to introduce me to other interests besides super heroes. I played the Dungeons and Dragons one a couple of times, but couldn’t really get it to work. Dark Tower, however, was something I played over and over again with anyone that I could get to play with me. I really enjoyed that one.

  • Chris Cartusciello on September 2, 2022

    I actually still own both of these games. Always loved playing them but I haven’t taken them out for quite some time. I also just got the Return to Dark Tower but haven’t actually played them yet.

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