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Archon: The Light and the Dark

DOS - 1984

Also available on: Commodore 64 - Amiga - Amstrad CPC - Atari 8-bit - Apple II - PC-88

Year 1984
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action, Strategy
Theme Real-Time, Turn-based
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Free Fall Associates
Perspective Top-Down
4.47 / 5 - 36 votes

Description of Archon: The Light and the Dark

Introduction from the manual: "Archon is a contest of action and strategy between opposing forces wrought from myth and legend. The Light Side and the Dark Side are equal in force, balanced in strength. Though they are not identical, their goals are the same. Each side exists to conquer, by eliminating all of the opposing pieces or controlling the five power points."

Archon is a great classic I loved back then on the C64. The game is an amazingly original blend of chess, fantasy strategy, puzzle, and even a bit of action. Hard to describe-- but must be played to be believe. Similar to The Sentinel, Archon is one of the rarest of all classics: addictive gameplay that truly stands the test of time.

Graphics and controls are poor on the PC version, though (CGA only), and so I really suggest trying to get hold of the original Atari or C64 release, or take a look at the updated Archon Ultra released years after this one (although unfortunately the true sequel, Archon II, was never released for the PC). A must-have!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

The Green Ninja 2020-09-19 0 point

Archon 2, was even better. If you really like battling on the Elemental Planes.

MYMOON 2020-03-28 0 point Commodore 64 version

Great chess-ish action game. Must have.

Blam 2019-05-31 1 point

Agree with Billy. Such a great game, and it held on a single 5 1/4 floppy disk. I remember trying to win without losing a single knight. Did it once or twice...

Mr Vampire 2019-02-04 0 point Commodore 64 version

Great chess style game with arcade style battling when pieces clash. Different pieces have different attack styles. I did much prefer the sequel though.

Gerd K. 2017-06-13 0 point

Like chess with action.

JHORAI 2017-05-21 -1 point


Kyle 2017-02-20 1 point

This game was inspired by Star Wars Episode 4 and the board game Chewy and Artoo Played

StrandedCat 2016-04-19 -2 points Amstrad CPC version

Did anyone now how to run this game with WinAPE ?

jhenry922 2014-06-29 1 point DOS version

found my old artwork for this from my C64 days

Billy 2014-05-19 1 point DOS version

The ULTIMATE CHESS type board game. I grew up with this on my Apple //e computer and it's NOT TO BE MISSED!

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived 2014-04-28 1 point DOS version

Great game, and in some ways a precursor to Battle Chess

MadMadDude 2014-03-18 -1 point DOS version

Let's see if this works!!!

NES Joe 2013-11-09 0 point DOS version

I used to play this for hours at my friend's house on the NES. I miss the good old days.

guest 2012-10-03 1 point DOS version

Review of Archon for DOS:

Khabir 2009-05-01 1 point DOS version

This is a cool chess-like game where pieces/characters/fighters have special skills and attack each other in animation when they fight. I spent hours on this on my Commodore 64.

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