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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 (9125)
Very original and highly addictive action/strategy game. Commodore 64 Tom White (48)
Great Game, Wrong Machine PC Booter Tony Van (2855)
A true classic. PC Booter Tomer Gabel (4646)

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Critic Reviews

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Apple IIMicro 7 (Nov, 1984)
Peut-être le jeu de l'année ! La richesse des combinaisons d'un jeu d'échecs avec la rapidité d'action d'un « Space Invaders ». Avec en prime la qualité d'animation graphique et sonore d'Electronic Arts. Indispensable !
Commodore 64Your 64 (May, 1985)
But, here's a warning - this game is difficult. After a few games, you do get the hang of the thing, and, with a bit of strategy, you can even beat the arcade-type "hand-to-hand" fights! Archon is also highly addictive!
Atari 8-bitThe Video Game Critic (Jan 12, 2004)
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.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Apr 22, 2001)
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.
NESGame Freaks 365 (2005)
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!
AmigaTilt (Feb, 1988)
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.
Atari 8-bitThe Atari Times (May 09, 2001)
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 ;)
ZX SpectrumCrash! (Jul, 1985)
Archon really is the kind of game you will come back to play. Complaints, well only two, the graphics could have been better and for that matter the so could the sound. The second complaint relates to the movement of icons, once a piece has been selected it must be moved - not even chess is that strict, but then chess was never this good.
NESNES Archives (Jul 20, 2007)
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.
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.
Commodore 64ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (Jul, 1988)
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.
Commodore 64All Game Guide (1998)
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.
Atari 8-bitMicro 7 (Jan, 1984)
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.
It’s a unique and enjoyable board game concept, if lacking in options that would allow more replayability.
AmigaPopular Computing Weekly (Jul 10, 1985)
We all had a great time with this one (mainly as the forces of dark laying heavily into the good guys, it has to be said) but there were few obvious enhancements. A nice loading screen with some music had been added, but the graphics and sound were much the same as they were on the Atari and Commodore 64. But what could you possibly do to improve one of the all time greats? As a conversion, this is as faithful as they come.
58 (Jan, 2011)
Also, the Wizard and the Sorceress are way overpowered. I suppose they’re comparable to the Queen in chess, but at least the Queen has to wait for her lackeys to move out of her way before she can wreck havoc. These magicians can cast spells from the first move of the game, if you so choose. As do most games, Archon excels with a second-player. Playing against the computer is decent for a time, but you’ll either get so good, you’ll clobber the CPU time and time again or you’ll just be frustrated with how good the computer is at battling and quit. Archon‘s a unique one, and I’ll give it points for that, but it couldn’t hold me.
ZX SpectrumYour Spectrum (Jul, 1985)
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.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User (Jun, 1985)
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.
Atari 8-bitComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Oct, 1983)
In conclusion: this is a very good game, with lots of care put into its development. I recommend it highly and would only hesitate to recommend it to those who love only purely strategic games. If you're turned off by most arcade type games because you like to think a little, this hybrid may be for you. I play it frequently and do not find it predictable at all. The people at Electronic Arts are breaking a little new ground here by putting together some old and new ideas in a way worthy of your computer, and I hope they continue to manipulate electrons in such a delightful manner
AmigaHappy Computer (Nov, 1985)
Grafik, Animation und Sound wurden der Leistungsfähigkeit des Amiga angepaßt und der gesamte Spielablauf ist schneller geworden. Für Spieler, die auf den Amiga umsteigen und „Archon“ schon haben, lohnt sich der Kauf der neuen Version aber kaum, da sich die spielerischen Unterschiede sehr in Grenzen halten.