Archon Classic Hits PC

React! Games has announced the arrival of a revived classic that's sure to give some older gamers a special tingly feeling in their nostalgia bones: Archon Classic, to be exact.

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React! Games has announced the arrival of a revived classic that's sure to give some older gamers a special tingly feeling in their nostalgia bones: Archon Classic, to be exact.

The original Archon, released way back in 1983, was basically a strategy game twist on chess played with unique units, and real-time combat. Each time a unit was moved to a tile occupied by an enemy, the battlefield would expand into an arena where the units would battle it out. More powerful units would retain an advantage on the battlefield, but unlike chess, the attacker's victory was not guaranteed.

React! Games' HD remake of Archon features "more boards, a totally revamped AI, which even includes 3 different personalities you can play against - each with 4 levels of difficulty." Archon Classic also supports up to four players via team or free-for-all modes, and both classic and modern icons. (The original Archon was one of the first multiplayer games I remember playing, though the only way to do that was to share a keyboard and bump elbows, back in the day.)

Archon Classic is already available for purchase on Direct2Drive for $9.99, with a Steam release following "shortly thereafter." The Direct2Drive release will feature extra "boards," and the upcoming Steam release will include Achievements and Leaderboards. To celebrate the PC version's release, the iPhone version is currently $0.99 in the iTunes Music Store. The game can also be purchased from its official site for $9.99, Impulse ($14.99), and GamersGate ($9.95).

From The Chatty
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    October 22, 2010 6:24 PM

    I think your memories are a little off. The best and first version of Archon was for the Atari 8-bit computers and it used joysticks. The PC got a poor port.

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      October 22, 2010 6:27 PM

      ^^ this right here..C64 for me.


      I played this a few months back, it is pretty so-so.

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      October 22, 2010 6:28 PM

      C64 had the best version, by a mile, back in the day. :)

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        October 22, 2010 9:11 PM

        Heh, yeah.

        Not that I played any other versions, but I played a ton on the C-64.

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        October 23, 2010 3:27 AM

        The Amiga version had better graphics. The game play was about the same. I think. Used the joystick at least. :)

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      October 22, 2010 7:12 PM

      C64 version was the best.

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      October 22, 2010 7:23 PM

      I played the "PC Booter" version on an IBM 286 - same release year as the C64 version - in '84.

      http://www.mobygames.com/search/quick?q=Archon&x=0&y=0

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        October 22, 2010 7:27 PM

        But you're right about the Atari 8-Bit version being first. My bad.

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      October 23, 2010 12:33 PM

      Also was a C64 player. Loved this game as a kid. Steam version will be mine!

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      October 24, 2010 12:59 PM

      C64 against Atari XL/XE - let the conflict rise again! To the arms!

      But yeah, Atari version was the best for me, as I never played Archon on any other platform...

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