More than 29300 old games to download for free!


DOS - 1989

Also available on: Amiga - Atari ST

Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States
Genre Puzzle
Theme Generated Levels, Real-Time, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher Fanfare, Logotron Ltd
Developer Astral Software
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Supported on current version
5 / 5 - 5 votes

Description of Archipelagos

Definitely among the most unique action/puzzle hybrids ever created, Archipelagos is a fun cross between chess, Populous, and a good measure of its own idiosyncracies.

The goal is to destroy the 2001: Space Odyssey-style Obelisk in order to free the power that cleansed all of human race in Ancient times. The Obelisks are destroyed by absorbing the energy from the stones that provide power for the Obelisks. But since the stones are far apart, you will need to build vast land bridges to them before you can absorb their energy.

Higher levels are not only much more difficult because of bigger maps and more devious placements of stones, but also because you will face many more dangerous enemies. The Necromancer, for example, can turn the piece of land you're standing on into sand, causing you to sink helplessly and lose the game. The more devious Eggs of Blood, once hatched, will spread poisoned blood until it consumes the entire island. If you make it past 25 islands, you will confront the dreaded Lost Souls, who will tirelessly hunt you down to claim you as one of their own. Each level (i.e. island) is timed, so you must plan your move quickly, while deftly avoiding the menacing arboreal trees.

With 9,999 islands to conquer, Archipelagos becomes very repetitive towards the end, and there is not enough gameplay variety to keep things interesting. Worth a try for all puzzle fans for its uniqueness, although it won't keep anyone hooked for long-term play. If you are looking for a unique puzzle game that does manage to be interesting for hundreds of levels on end, play Sentinel Returns instead.

Review By HOTUD

External links

Comments and reviews

MarkTheMorose 2019-07-13 0 point Amiga version

I had the Amiga version, which was actually given away free on the coverdisk in an edition of Amiga Format magazine. An interesting, absorbing game, somewhat similar to The Sentinel, I understand.

Karter 2011-09-21 0 point DOS version

Get this one! Quick!

Marcus 2010-11-04 1 point DOS version

This is another rediculously addictive strategy game similar to Sentinel.
A must have.

Write a comment

Share your gamer memories, help others to run the game or comment anything you'd like. If you have trouble to run Archipelagos, read the abandonware guide first!


Download Archipelagos

We may have multiple downloads for few games when different versions are available. Also, we try to upload manuals and extra documentation when possible. If you have additional files to contribute or have the game in another language, please contact us!

DOS Version

Amiga ROM

Atari ST ROM

Similar games

Fellow retro gamers also downloaded these games:

Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the Princess abandonware
Hi-Res Adventure #2: The Wizard and the PrincessDOS, C64, Atari 8-bit, Apple II, FM-7, PC-881982
Lemmings Revolution abandonware
Lemmings RevolutionWin2000
Captain Gather abandonware
Captain GatherAtari 8-bit1992
Oh No! More Lemmings abandonware
Oh No! More LemmingsDOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Acorn 32-bit1991
Lemmings 2: The Tribes abandonware
Lemmings 2: The TribesDOS, Genesis, Amiga, Atari ST, Acorn 32-bit, FM Towns1993
Atomino abandonware
AtominoDOS, Mac, C64, Amiga, Atari ST1990

Ad Consent Terms About Contact FAQ Useful links Contribute Taking screenshots How to play

MyAbandonware utopiaweb