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Inspired by chess, but adding combat that YOU control, Archon was the original Battle Chess. You must try to outmaneuver your opponent using teams of fantasy creatures or monsters in this epic struggle of Light and Dark.
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010
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Belated Update News

June 27th, 2014

We recently updated Archon after years of not touching it, and some of you may be wondering what that was all about. The main thing was that we wanted to be able to track how people are playing the game, to see if they prefer Light or Dark, and which units kill what other units. We want to get this info to help us in designing other games and improving on Archon. We also added some maps and tweaked some graphics while we were in there.

Another update is in the works that will address some issues with the Conquest campaign and vertical sync.

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About the Game

Inspired by chess, but adding combat that YOU control, Archon was the original Battle Chess. You must try to outmaneuver your opponent using teams of fantasy creatures or monsters in this epic struggle of Light and Dark. On the chess board, when you challenge a piece, you are teleported into a Combat Arena where you fight in REAL-TIME until only the victor emerges to claim the square on the chess board. Conquer your opponent by defeating all of their pieces on the chess board or claim all the Power Squares for a quick victory! You can play Free-For-All mode, where it's everyone for themselves, or play using teams and gang up on your opponents pieces in battle (2 vs. 1.)

Archon:Classic can be played using USB controllers (the best way) or with keyboard and mouse. First developed in 1983, Archon quickly became a hit and instant classic because of it's unique combination of action and strategic gameplay. We've recreated it to play just like the original, but we've added enhancements for today's gamer. So grab some friends and experience the classic game that started the Action/Strategy genre.

Key features:

  • Up to 4 Player support...pure mayhem in battle!
  • Play in "Free-for-All" or "Teams" mode
  • USB controller support
  • Optimized to run even on on netbooks
  • 3 Different Boards (Modes) to play
  • 4 AI settings with 3 different personalities
  • Various spells to use
  • 18 pieces per team, plus others you can summon
  • Pieces gain experience and level up
  • Primary and Secondary abilities
  • Choose modern or classic icons
  • Fully Featured 1 Player Campaign called, "Conquest"
  • Conquest features 4 campaigns (over 60 quests)
  • Over 16 hours gameplay on Conquest alone!
  • Tracking and Statistics per game (fully featured)
  • Achievements and Leaderboards

System Requirements

    • OS: Win XP or later with .NET framework installed
    • Processor: x86-compatible 800 mhz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: At least 64MB memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
140 products in account
2 reviews
3.6 hrs on record
The remake of this classic game is almost excellent! The graphics are modern (ok it might not be top notch like in Dota2 but still it’s a great visuals to performance ratio).
We have many new features which introduces a little bit more complexity to the original gameplay in respect to the strategic and RPG element of it.
The new features include: campaign mode (actually 2 campaigns for light and 2 for dark), different layouts (boards), secondary abilities, different kind of magic squares, different difficulty levels and finally we have piece leveling up (up to third level).

My only complaint is about the multiplayer - it should really be implemented as some sort of LAN or steam server matchmaking and not a hotseat.
Anyway it’s definitely worth the $10!

8/10
Posted: March 27th, 2014
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
1,084 products in account
16 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
a remake of original Archon with
+ better graphics.
+ new layouts.
+ very similar gameplay.
+ singleplayer campaign.
+ multiplayer mode up to 4-players!
(it's possible for 2vs1 battle, should be possible too for 2vs2)

the problems are :
- the graphics are still not good compared to current games.
- the AIs are either too easy or too difficult.
- the (early?) campaign is just some repetitive battles.
- the multiplayer mode is only hot-seat. (no lan/internet)

if you were a fan of original Archon, have extra gamepads and
friends nearby to play with, maybe you can enjoy the game.
Posted: January 31st, 2014
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
608 products in account
134 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
Giving this a thumbs up because it's a damn classic and everyone should play it for a bit. On the other hand, it's aged pretty bad. Loved it as a kid decades ago, but nowadays it's just a bit too basic to hold my attention longer than a half hour or so.
Posted: February 7th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36 products in account
13 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
OK, first off, I loved the original computer game from the 80s as well as the sequel. This is just bad. This game has bad graphics, bad sound effects, and annoying music. Neither the campaign mode nor any of the added features like a 4-player variation make this game worth any amount. Also, only local multiplayer? All this game has going for it is nostalgia. Oh yeah, did i mention the hard crash to the Windows desktop midgame? I am glad I ONLY paid 99 cents for it. Stay away.
Posted: July 6th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
219 products in account
8 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
Kind of fun.
Basically you get a squarelike alternating chess-ish platform, where on you upon engaging an enemy, ends up on a flatground with rocks and battles your enemies using your arrows and attack keys.
So both point and click with some thinking, and some battle that require some skills.
But its still quite simple so its not that fun for long.
Posted: June 7th, 2014
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
320 products in account
35 reviews
18.3 hrs on record
A wonderful remake of the Atari 8 bit classic Archon. Graphics and sound are fine, but it's the great gameplay that makes this game so enjoyable.
The original Archon only had one game board and no campaigns. This game has many different game boards and some interesting and challenging campaigns. I've put a lot of hours into the campaigns and more than got my moneys worth.
Posted: December 30th, 2013
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