Counter Monkey – Childe Spoony to the Dark Tower Came

The Spoony One | Aug 12 2013 | more notation(s) | 

He who does not watch this video has forgotten the face of his father.

Guest starring Orson Welles.

  • cursedbythedicegods

    Yes!! New Counter monkey! Been curious about this one ever since I saw the box in the foreground of the D+D Maze game vid.

    • Christopher Smith

      Hell yeah! I played Talisman with my friends at it’s awesome.

  • Ustramage

    I have it. GOD DAMN do I love to play it

    • Ustramage

      And yes it works perfectly. Been bugging my friends to play it with me but can’t get them too. Maybe after they watch this vid they will FINIALY

  • Jdenn

    Spoony I would fly to where you live to play this game with you

    • Jdenn

      But there is an android version of this called Droid tower

      • Ustramage

        Just downloaded it. AWSOME!!

  • GunsmithKitten

    The famous Dark Tower, one of the legendary early examples of awesomely over-produced boardgames. My cousin had one, but the damn thing never worked even then, so we never bothered with it, and by that time, we’d found this other gem called Crossbows and Catapults (the ORIGINAL one, not the glossier re-release). Cool to finally see how the game actually plays out after all that time.

  • sbkMulletMan

    Rather fitting that this game would be titled “Dark Tower”. As far as this game is concerned, “The World Has Moved On”. Don’t ask me silly questions, I don’t play silly games, heh.

    Really is fortunate that you got this relic working for us to see. Just getting revenge on that bastard dragon probably made the whole thing worth it! You stole his treasure in the last game, he stole it right back in this one, only this time, he could be killed! Not so tough without your invisibility, are you, Elliot?

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an irresistible urge to listen to “Velcro Fly”…

  • Holly Smith

    Awesome Counter Monkey! There’s been a serious lack of board game reviews. James Rolfe’s are okay, but they’re more played for laughs than actual gameplay. Hope you do a lot more of these. I know you’ve probably got tons more old board games to show us.

    And I squeed a bit when I saw the Burton figure I made for you in the video.

  • Rothide

    Good news everyone! There is a FLASH version of the game available to play for free online, no multi-player though.

  • Daniel Tilson

    woodelydoodelydoo means low food

  • Marcus Quinn

    Great video!

    For those wanting to try out Dark Tower without hunting down a physical copy, here’s a pretty decent Flash version:

    • Unholy Fire Dragon

      Nice! Thanks for the link. :-)

    • Cthulhu07

      Cool. Will definitely give it a try. :D

    • strifesong

      Either this game is bullshit or I have the worst luck ever. With the exception of ONE time in about 12 or so fights, my army has gotten its ass kicked by brigands. That and I seem to get hit with a plague every other turn.

    • Maria White

      I have no idea what I am doing. *clicks randomly*

      Actually my first run was the best run, as the very first ruin I went to I got the sword. But I still got zero points.


    ‘Is it a stockbroker?

    Is it a churchwarden?

    Is it a quantity surveyor?


  • StCerberusEngel

    Not quite, the Black Hole is about FMV board games. These are dungeon crawling and adventure games that have an RPG style to them.

  • doresh

    Mmh, it seems the combat system is not equal for your troops and your enemies: You lose troops in absolute values (usually 1 in combat and 2 for the dragon and similar events), but the enemies always seem have their numbers cut in half (rounded down) if they lose a combat round.
    Anyways, it still looks awesome :D !

  • Joshua Jimenez

    so THAT’s what Tandem looks like… huh.
    You know, I made a Bard Character named Tandem for my Soul Calibur 3 game, although he forgot his pants before fights to irritate people ;)

    • Christopher Smith

      Tandem may look different in Spoony’s head though, considering that D&D minis have fairly limited options when it comes to appearance.

    • Amesang

      You should have made him in “SoulCalibur IV.” Then he could lose his pants during a battle.

  • MrRuse

    This video is interesting and all, but I just cannot get over the little Oreo and Burton figures on top of the box. They’re great~

    But what’s with the crutches in the corner to the right? Is everything alright with you and Miles?

    • StCerberusEngel

      Probably from when Spoony had an operation on his foot some years back.


    Seems pretty fun really, and the tower idea is pretty great for a game in the early 80’s.

    Hope you do another, even if the higher difficulties will probably be filled with grief it will probably flow much faster.

  • PeaTearGryfin

    Its a shame this game is as rare as it is. This looks like a really interesting experience. Its incredible to think that something like this came out in the 80s when this would still be considered unique today. I do have to say, as interesting as the game is, it is nothing without having an 16 bit Kefka sitting on top of the tower.

  • riodragon

    I find it funny how Milton Bradley could make an awesome board game like this, and later make something as dull, unsophisticated, and with such horrible rules as The Legend of Zelda board game, based on the video game of the same name. Yes, it exists, my cousin has it, I played it, and it sucks. Can you believe that the original game, despite being made for multiple players, had only one game piece? Everyone just took turns playing the same Link, and it was very luck-based whether you’d end the game with the most hearts, which is what decided the winner. Part of my game design classes in art college I worked with a group of guys to make an improved variant on it based on the Four Swords games.

  • Christopher Smith

    You can’t just come up with new war stories concerning the best/worst/weirdest/funniest games of your youth since that’s in the past and I get the feeling that Spoony’s told all of them already. CM shifted into this more review-oriented style ages ago. It should be crystal clear by now.

    • Psychopath

      Implying he’s ran out of stories, which he hasn’t.

      • StCerberusEngel

        That’s not an unpublished episode. I’ve seen that one. It was put up on the site. I don’t think he’s changing the format of the show. This is just something he did to shake things up.

        • Christopher Smith

          Well, this style of talking about different game systems has been going on for a while this year with all the Shadowrun, Call of Cthulhu, Cyberpunk 2020 etc reviews, along with reviewing dice and RPG-related board games. Now, I don’t have a problem with this change of pace but it seems that there are people who think they can just demand stories when it happens to suit them. How about we leave the creative decisions to Spoony? Just a thought.

        • Psychopath

          If it was published then that means you can tell me the name of it.

          • Gregory Bogosian

            I think that the episode that StCerberusEngel is referring to is “Laundry Day In The Tower of High Sorcery.”

  • The Janitor

    Dude! For 1981, that’s one of the best (electronic) boardgames I’ve seen!

  • Zachrid

    I must say, I really would enjoy seeing Spoony play this games with other people. The last two videos like they are now, feel like a lot of wasted potential and weren’t able to hold my interest for longer then 10 minutes, before I started to skip through them…. so it is back to “Beer and Boardgames” for me.

  • Commander BB Shockwave

    Gotta be honest… never played the Duck Tales game. Loved the cartoon, watched it a lot as kid. Though not really for Scrooge himself, I enjoyed the guest stars and minor characters more.

    And – I will get a lot of flak for this – ‘Scrooge’ was such a lazy name for him! I mean, they just took that from Christmas Carol -“Rich grumpy old duck? Let’s call him Scrooge!” – I much prefer the name he was called by in the Hungarian and other European dubs: Uncle Dagobert. :)

    • doresh

      I’m fine with both – though thanks to me usually hanging around in the English-speaking internet, having almost every Disney comic character have a completely different name in every country* gets confusing very fast XD

      (Donald Duck is still called that in Germany, and Mickey’s name has ben “Germanized”. All the others? Well, it’s like with the episode names of the German dub of the original Star Trek series: There’s no way you can guess its original name from the German one.)

  • kamrom dechu

    Hey um… this is gonna sound really stupid but I cant think of a better place to ask about it. This video made me recall a board game from my youth; i don’t think it could’ve been earlier than 1990.

    All I really remember is a complicated, dark fortress-like structure, with special colored tile pieces. I think they were elemental (earth, fire, etc) but I can’t be certain. The structure wasnt a tower; it was a bit tall but it was longer like a wall. This is starting to bother me because i can’t remember anything else about it.

    Cant even enjoy spoony’s video because I cant stop thinking about it! >_< so…Long shot I know but.. if that sounds familiar to anyone, *please* tell me! Even if it only bears some small resemblance to what I said, that might be helpful. All I can say for sure is it was not Dark Tower. And it definitely had an external structure, that was dark and castle like.

    • Maleficent Kitty

      Hmm. With the limited details you give, the only game I can think of with “colored tile pieces” that represent “elements” may be from Shadowlord!, a space/fantasy game from early 1980’s by Parker Brothers. I can’t remember what the game was like anymore, but I do remember it had a poop load of games pieces and some really cool artwork.

  • pharaoh025

    “What does Boodly-doodly-doodly mean?”. I laughed out loud at that, so hard!! This looks like a great game, very engaging! Too bad it’s so difficult to get a hold of these days… looks like a lot of fun in a party!

  • Mark Reddman

    Ahh… the days before LED’s and neodynium magnets (for more efficient, smaller, and longer lasting motors)

  • Muthsarah

    I had Dark Tower growing up. It was used, got it in the early 90s, worked just fine, had all the bits too. It was indeed fun, really unique, even though it got pretty samey and predictable. But then it broke. And then it was thrown out. And now I’m feeling worse than ever about it, as I wish that I still had it. Just to look at it. We didn’t have this kind of nostalgia back then. Maybe we were happier for it.

  • Remus

    280 Australian dollars is 254.83 USD as of 9:07 PM Eastern Standard Time August 13.

  • jnywest

    I was starting to get into the game… you should do a few more videos and have miles or a few other friends come over and play. :)

  • ORCACommander

    conversion of 280 ausi dollars to usd. uses current exchange rates

  • stephanie lamm

    I enjoyed this very much – though I am a bit sad that I will probably stand a better chance of getting a wrong number call from Christopher Walken than obtain this game :) I agree – I would love to see you get Miles and Company together to play through. In the meantime, have a great time with April, have a safe trip to and from, and we’ll be on our best behavior until you get back ….but then all bet are off!

  • Doleth

    It took me way too long before noticing the Oreo and Burton miniature on top of the box.

  • Rémi Maloney

    The Tower is the Dark Fortress!! The Brigands are the Slayers!!!

  • Rémi Maloney

    Greatest comeback ever: Spoony gets the dragon on his VERY LAST MOVE before moving to the Tower

  • coyoterys

    Thank you for playing this. It really took me back to my childhood, which spent many hours playing it! If you do record another session I’d like to see you play with your brother or friends.

    Man, I miss this game.

  • Garmrspor

    What’s the symbol on the shirt? I keep forgetting. Always makes me think of Mumm-Ra, but I’m also fairly certain that’s not it.

    • Cthulhu07

      It’s Thulsa Doom’s symbol from Conan the Barbarian…

      • Garmrspor

        Thank you!

  • Il Principe

    Great, now I know an excellent board game that, in all likelihood, I will never be able to play. But I have to say, it rocks!

  • illidan4ever

    Man, once he said, “you’e fighting a big fuck off tower” it clicked and I started laughing. “Who the fuck built that thing?!”

  • Mitchell Bandes

    Pics of receipts or it didn’t happen.

    • 小百合 狐

      I don’t care if you believe me or not, but he did sell it on e-bay a while back. It would be hilarious if that’s how Spoony acquired it and we just watched it in the video.. but alas I don’t remember the player figure in my father’s copy having the feet broke off. This sort of thing happens at thrift stores all the time.

  • Klaus der Maus

    I have a flashlight (with an A!) that uses D-cell batteries.

    It does 1d8 bludgeoning damage and causes blinded for 1d4 rounds (DC14 vs Ref to save).

    • Tab

      Shouldn’t it be Fortitude?

  • Mitchell Bandes

    It doesn’t seem to include the Pegasus.

  • Sriseru

    Wait, you get the soldiers back when you killed the dragon? What, did the dragon force the soldiers to ride on its back as it flew around the world or something?

    • Disthron

      No, it has a big sack tied around it’s waist. XD

  • MFlorian

    They didn’t. It’s a coincidence.

  • suddendamage

    I would love to see spoony try to play Omega Virus now.

  • Disthron

    For anyone who is interested there is a flash version of the game (link bellow). Not sure if it’s percentage chances are accurat, and it’s only 1 player as far as I can tell, but it’s still pretty fun.

  • imagoth2004

    My old friend had this. We played it all the time. It broke down like crazy fuck, but it was so much fun.

  • Patrick Scruggs

    I grew up with one of these in the house (dad still has it in working order) so this was very nostalgic for me.

  • Maklak

    I think this one and the invisible dungeon should be classified under “board game reviews”, not “counter monkey”, which is about amusing stories from game sessions.

  • CalBears12

    Just a dude sitting in a chair, stroking his dog, playing a board game by himself.

  • ForteDS

    I want that Spoon of Destiny. It’s breakfast and I got to eat. It will go well with my Fork of Truth and Knife of Infinity.

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