Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game

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Dungeons and Dragons Computer Fantasy Game box.png
Publisher(s) Mattel
Platform(s) Handheld
Release 1981

The Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game is a handheld electronic game released by Mattel in 1981.[1]

Release[edit]

The game was released in the fall of 1981.[2] Mattel reported that it sold out its entire production of the game two months before Christmas.[3]

Display[edit]

The game unit is a standalone package that features an LCD screen, described as "state-of-the-art" for its time, and is powered by two watch batteries.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay is similar to Hunt The Wumpus, in that the player moves through a maze, must beware of bats and pits, and must find an arrow and shoot it at the dragon without entering its lair directly.[5]

Reception[edit]

Electronic Games in 1983 wrote that Dungeons & Dragons "is sure to win your heart". The magazine liked the gameplay and sound effects, and concluded that it "is an exciting and novel approach to the famous fantasy game".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mattel's Dungeons and Dragons". Hand Held Museum. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  2. ^ Stewart Alsop II (1982-02-01). "TSR Hobbies Mixes Fact and Fantasy". 
  3. ^ "Why Tsr Hobbies Is So Profitable". Inc. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  4. ^ Hall, Kevin (2008-03-18). "The 13 best electronic versions of Dungeons & Dragons". Dvice. Archived from the original on 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  5. ^ Mattel Electronic Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game. Mattel. 1981. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Worley, Joyce (June 1983). "Stand Alone Scene". Electronic Games. p. 102. Retrieved 7 January 2015.