Tommy's Towers (DOS)

Tommy's Towers DOS This is the first screen of the game. 
It is very similar to other Tommy's shareware games

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Tommy's Towers is a single player, shareware game that is a combination of chess and wargaming.

The basic idea is that here on earth we play chess on an 8x8 board with sixteen pieces on each side. Tommy is an alien and where he comes from the game is played on a 20x50 board with three hundred pieces on each side, this apparently is a more realistic battle simulation.

As with chess there are rules governing the movement of each piece, what each piece may take and how it is taken. Alien pieces are used in addition to traditional earth pieces, the full set comprising pawns, shields, kings, towers, bishops, queens, jacks, dukes, earls, knights archers, princes, princesses, canon, red queens, red knights, and wizards. Towers are the most powerful pieces on the board, hence the name of the game, they have an unlimited range of movement and can capture any other piece.
There are also bridges, pits and hills, these are 'passive pieces' and while they affect the actions of other pieces, a bridge can only be crossed in the direction it is laid and a canon cannot shoot through a hill, they themselves do not capture other pieces.

As with most of Tommy's games it uses character graphics and is entirely keyboard controlled. It has basic sound effects and command line switches to start the game with sound turned off and to force either a colour or monochrome display. In addition game files can be saved, edited, and there's a backstep/undo function

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Tommy's Towers DOS There's a very short introduction sequence which starts and ends with the single word TOWERS spelled vertically in the centre of the screen
Tommy's Towers DOS There is a command line option to play a monochrome game, this is what such a game looks like
Tommy's Towers DOS The first of many in-game documentation screens
Tommy's Towers DOS A game in progress.

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Unusually Tommy's Toys offered a prize for completing the game. The game documentation explains it thus:

FETPAGOTT AWARD:
ARE YOU THE FIRST EARTHLING TO PLAY A (COMPLETE) GAME OF TOMMY'S TOWERS? IF SO, SEND US THE GAME ON A 5.25 INCH OR 3.5 INCH DISK AND WE'LL SEND YOU A NICE PRIZE. MY HOW SLOW HUMAN EVOLUTION IS.
piltdown_man (118246) added Tommy's Towers (DOS) on Jan 21, 2015