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Archon: The Light and the Dark

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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4.0
Amstrad CPC
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4.0
PC-88
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4.0

User Reviews

Another C64 classic Commodore 64 Jeremy Howe (8)
Play Chess With Chun-Li PC Booter Yeah Right (57)
A great alternative to chess for those strategically-impared. PC Booter Trixter (8734)
Very original and highly addictive action/strategy game. Commodore 64 Tom White (39)
Great Game, Wrong Machine PC Booter Tony Van (2688)
A true classic. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4380)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 4 4.0
Amstrad CPC 2 4.0
Apple II 2 3.7
Atari 8-bit 7 4.3
Commodore 64 22 4.0
FM-7 1 4.0
iPad Awaiting 1 votes...
iPhone Awaiting 1 votes...
Macintosh 1 4.0
NES 8 2.6
PC-88 1 4.0
PC Booter 38 3.8
ZX Spectrum 4 3.4
Combined MobyScore 90 3.8


The Press Says

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100
Atari 8-bitThe Video Game Critic
Another strategic element is a dynamic game board with spaces that slowly alternate between light and dark shades, giving the respective side an advantage for short periods of time. Archon is won by wiping out the other army or by occupying five strategic "power point" squares. The game is designed for two players, but the computer is a worthy opponent, boasting some remarkable AI for 1983. Just when you think you have the upper hand, he'll cast a strategic spell and knock you back on your heels. Archon is a genuine classic - one of the greatest video games ever conceived.
100
NESThe Video Game Critic
The characters move much like chess pieces, but when two land on the same spot, a battle is initiated! The two warriors are then transported to a wide-open battlefield for a fight to the death! The warriors move at different speeds, and each has its own weapon, ranging from swords and clubs to arrows and fireballs. The "king" on each side also has a set of spells, including teleport, time shift, summon elemental, and resurrect. Yes, Archon is as fun as it sounds. The characters are small but cleverly animated, and well-orchestrated music scores contributes to the fun.
93
NESGame Freaks 365
Archon is without a doubt one of the best strategy games on the NES, if not the best I've played. It's highly imaginative, has a wonderful atmosphere, great challenge, fun with another player or alone, there is simply very little I can find at fault with this game other than the ending. Archon has something to offer for the casual or hardcore NES fan, it's a title that simply must be played. This is one that deserves a lot more attention and needs to become nostalgia to future generations!
90
AmigaTilt
Superbe reprise sur Amiga d'un classique qui n'a pas pris une ride depuis sa première sortie, il y a quatre ans. Il offre un parfait dosage entre action et stratégie.
90
Atari 8-bitThe Atari Times
This is one well thought out game, either against the intimidating computer, or, if you're lucky enough, against another player. Although all sixteen icons have different strengths and powers, the gameplay is such that a lowly sword wielding Knight can defeat the all powerful lightning bolt hurdling, spell casting Sorceress, if the conditions are just right. Hopefully though, after getting your goblet handed to you enough times by the computer early on, you'll have learned enough not to ever be in this position ;)
83
NESNES Archives
Play the computer a few times to get the hang of the controls and then find someone that you can play with. Trust me, you will have a good time.
76
AmigaASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Viele der heutigen Computerfreaks sind 1984 noch mit einer Trommel um den Weihnachtsbaum gelaufen, ohne zu wissen, was ihnen entging. Die, die das Programm besaßen, kamen kaum vorn Bildschirm los, und das hatte seinen Grund, denn ARCHON ist auch von heutigen Standards aus betrachtet noch eines der fesselndsten Games, die es je gab.
76
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Viele der heutigen Computerfreaks sind 1984 noch mit einer Trommel um den Weihnachtsbaum gelaufen, ohne zu wissen, was ihnen entging. Die, die das Programm besaßen, kamen kaum vorn Bildschirm los, und das hatte seinen Grund, denn ARCHON ist auch von heutigen Standards aus betrachtet noch eines der fesselndsten Games, die es je gab.
70
Commodore 64All Game Guide
Archon is a great blend of tactical strategy, chess, and all-out action. Even when you can beat the AI with your eyes shut, it's still a fun game.
67
Atari 8-bitMicro 7
Une sorte d'échiquier où s'affronte les forces de la lumière et celles des ténèbres. Avec une idée géniale ! Si deux pièces briguent la même case, elles vont d'abord en découdre sur le terrain. Certaines joutes sont à mourir de rire.
50
ZX SpectrumYour Spectrum
A strategy game and an arcade game in one package can't be bad (who says? Ed). The computer plays a decent game, and I haven't yet come close to beating it. Still, it's got me hooked, so I'll crack on.
40
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
There is a world of difference between the intellectual precision of chess and the imaginative power of good fantasy games. All the more peculiar, then, that veteran fantasy game designers Paul Reiche and Jon Freeman should have combined the two to produce Archon. The game is played out on a chequered board with 81 squares. The opposing armies remind one instantly of chess, with pawn-like knights and goblins, and stronger, more mobile pieces on the back row.