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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the NES release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.7
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 5.0
Overall User Score (10 votes) 2.9

Critic Reviews

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The 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.
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!
NES 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.
60 (Nov 02, 2020)
The NES version of Archon is a solid port, improving on the original computer version’s visuals but little else. With more modes or options Archon could have been great. But as is it is not a title you will return to over and over. Especially as the PC original has been remade numerous times, and for free.
It’s a unique and enjoyable board game concept, if lacking in options that would allow more replayability.
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.