Archon: The Light and the Dark
DOS - 1984
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!
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Comments and reviews
Ethan 2021-01-21 0 point Commodore 64 version
I played this for hours! What a blast from the past!
The Green Ninja 2020-09-19 0 point
Archon 2, was even better. If you really like battling on the Elemental Planes.
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.
Kyle 2017-02-20 2 points
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 ?
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
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
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- Year: 1983
- Publisher: Ariolasoft UK, Atari Corporation, Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Developer: Free Fall Associates
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