Archon is one of my all time favorites on the C64. This remake re-creates the original perfectly, while adding a lot of new content and game modes. There are three big problems though:
1) the original Archon is 31 years old (as of 2014). While the core mechanics have aged very well we have to admit that much water has passed under the bridge since. There are thousands of better games, more deep, more strategic, more multiplayer, more everything that appeared on the market in the last 30 years. So if you want to play it to feed your nostalgia or to experience a game of the past, fine. But compared with many recent titles this isn't obviously the best game that your money can buy, not by a long shot.
2) The most fun part of Archon was to play with your friends that were in the same room. That was the way of playing multiplayer games back then. Playing solo or online detract immensely from the experience rendering the game almost "useless"
3) The graphics are bad. There's no art direction, the characters are soulless pre-rendered sprites of the worst type , completely out of context and with ugly animations. Textures, colors, backgrounds, fonts are put together with no taste at all. It looks very amateurish (even if the game as a whole it's not) and this is a pity since a remake with outstanding artistic qualities could have been a great game. A game that could have made us completely forget the two points above.
In its current form the game is just "decent". I would not recommend it at full price, but if you are an old school gamer try to buy it on sale, mostly for collection purpose.
Despite all the above I don't feel like giving Archon a bad review, just remember to get it at low price.