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Archon Ultra

Moby ID: 1086
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Archon Ultra is a complete remake of Archon.

The game features a completely rewritten game engine, new graphics and sound as well as digital music (a la MOD files), along with a new style of game board and an additional "special weapon" for each figure. It also adds multiplayer game (modem as well as hot seat).

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Design
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Modem Support
Sound Support
Music
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Critics

Average score: 67% (based on 11 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 13 ratings with 2 reviews)

A good remake...

The Good
A good remake of the old classic. Nice VGA graphics on the board. Cool music.

The Bad
The graphics in the battlesequences looks a little bit cheap, especially compared with the look of the rest of the game.

The Bottom Line
Fun Battle Chess kind of game, but it feels more like a shareware game than a fullprice game from SSI who otherwise release these pompous strategy war games.

DOS · by Carl-J. Johansson (36) · 2000

One of my favorite games got updated!

The Good
Well, let me set one thing straight: this game is written by Toys for Bob. As such, I would not have made any bad comments even if I had any (and I don't). Archon Ultra is a great, amazing, perfect game, which retains the original Archon's addictive gameplay while adding amazing graphics, excellent sound, great music and fantastic gameplay.
This game rocks..

The Bad
Nopes, not a thing. Archon Ultra is perfect.

The Bottom Line
Only game I can say with a straight face is better than Archon Ultra is the classic and underrated Dark Legions... too bad this game won't work on newer computers.

DOS · by Tomer Gabel (4538) · 2000

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Bugs

Archon Ultra is obviously based largely on code from Star Control 2 as it also suffers from some of the same bugs (sound hanging under Windows as well as color corruption with newer VGA cards). Unfortunately, the bugfixes that apply to Star Control 2 do not apply to Archon Ultra.

They also didn't test their sound library, DSMI, with Gravis Ultrasound cards, which require different handling. On a machine with a GUS, the sound is very slow during idle time.

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Related Sites +

  • Archon: Evolution
    "Archon: Evolution" is a Windows based enhanced rewrite of the all time classic Archon (of which Archon Ultra is a reworking).

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Game added by Tomer Gabel.

Additional contributors: Leigh Bowers, Patrick Bregger.

Game added March 19, 2000. Last modified January 19, 2024.