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Archon Ultra

DOS - 1994

Year 1994
Platform DOS
Released in Germany, United States
Genre Action, Strategy
Theme Arcade, Board / Party Game
Publisher Softgold Computerspiele GmbH, Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developer Free Fall Associates
Perspectives Fixed / Flip-screen, Diagonal-down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
4.57 / 5 - 56 votes

Description of Archon Ultra

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Archon Ultra is a significantly enhanced version of the original classic Archon by Electronic Arts.

In it, two-players battle each other in a game that resembles chess in visual appearance, but with many RPG-style features and requirement of reflexes thrown in. The gameplay itself, like Archon, is similar to chess in many ways. A board with alternating black and white squares is set up in which each side (light and dark) takes turns moving a single character. Each character has a certain amount of squares to which it can transport, and some characters can fly over others instead of being forced to walk around them.

Unlike chess, the characters found in the light and dark sides are completely separate from each other. The players on the light side represent "good" creatures (eg Phoenix, Djinni, "good and noble" Wizard) while the dark side is composed of evil beings (eg Dragon, Shapeshifter, Goblin, and of course the "evil and deceitful" Sorceress). When a character from one side lands on a square occupied by a character from the opposing side, they both will enter a large arena and fight. An interesting variation (which was present in the original Archon) is that some of the colors on the game board will change color slowly, alternating between white and black as the game progresses. If a battle is fought on a black piece, a dark and fire-pervaded landscape will serve as the arena, and the evil character will be automatically granted extra hit points. If a conflict ensues on a white piece, a peaceful and serene forest will be the battleground, where the good character will enjoy the same advantage.

In addition to more gameplay options than the original and excellent VGA graphics, Archon Ultra also offers modem pla, which is very smooth even at 2400 baud. It is a shame that SSI did not convert Archon II to PC version and include it with Archon Ultra, but that's a minor point considering all the significant enhancements in this version.

While Archon Ultra is more of an evolution rather than a revolution that its predecessor was, it manages to retain all of the elements that made Archon a masterpiece, and improve on them. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Curious Sofa 2022-07-14 2 points

Fantastic, wonderful game. Bought it brand new back in the day, still love it. Why no file available? It says as req by the IP owner, but it's not for sale anywhere. Please release, I would happily pay for this terrific, classic game!

Uze 2022-04-13 1 point

Yea I'm old.. thanks for this ;)

love abandonware 2021-09-28 1 point

Love this game, is it possible to get a rip of the music files in the game? They are wonderful to listen to. The artwork of the game both music and portraits of the characters is terrific all around.

MillenialsSuk 2017-08-03 3 points

That's the problem with twits like Amon.

They think nothing existed before 1990.

goldragon 2015-11-13 1 point

Im 72yo and if i remember the original was written by a canadian group around long before mortal combat loved and still do the game. Thanks Abandonware.

FireStorm 2015-08-24 0 point

Excellent! I am amazed that this is here. I had so much fun with this in my younger years. I had this on my Atari 800XL, and although I still have the 5 1/4 floppy disk to it, it does me no good since the floppy drive to the old Atari bit the dust from massive overuse in my college years (yes, many, many moons ago). I have been looking for a Rom for the Atari emulator, but this is better... thanks!

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

The original Archon was around YEARS BEFORE MK Deception. Not saying MK Deception is bad, but this was around long before that. The original Archon also inspire the Battle Chess games which were also around long before MK Deception.

Tsak 2014-04-10 -3 points DOS version

stealing the idea of fighting chess pieces? dude just check the number of fighting chess games?

Rellik 2013-11-04 1 point DOS version

Best game of fighting chess EVER!!!

FlyInTheOintment 2013-06-22 0 point DOS version

Not only was the original (Archon) around before Mortal Combat Deception, but this one beat it by a decade. So, who ripped off whom?

Lordmarcus 2013-03-30 0 point DOS version

Amon...I'll play along with your trolling. Unless they developed time travel, Archon (1983) was around way before Mortal Combat: Deception (2004).

PotsNFlotsam 2012-08-01 3 points DOS version

Amon I really hope you're trolling :D Otherwise you are a moron.

Amon 2012-07-10 -20 points DOS version

Not to mention it is a rip-off of Mortal Kombat Deception, they stole the idea of fighting chess pieces. How could they get away with such a thing?

Amon 2012-07-10 -7 points DOS version

This game makes no sense, why would two dragons play chess when they could just beat the shit out of each other? 2/10 game, it sucks.

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