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Archon Classic PC only £0.69 save 90% at Steam

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Anyone old enough to remember 8 Bit Computer games needs no introduction to the classic game Archon, first forging its gaming excellence on the Atari 400/800/XL and Commodore 64, then ported to just about every other 8 bit computer.

This game gets excellent reviews as a reboot of such a wonderful cult classic, and is on special offer for just 69p until June 30th.

If you are unsure of spending such a pitiful amount, there is always the demo to try.

Inspired by chess, but adding combat that YOU control, Archon was the original Battle Chess. You must try to outmaneuver your opponent using teams of fantasy creatures or monsters in this epic struggle of Light and Dark.

But don't let that put you off, I never learned chess and I loved the original.
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Inspired by chess, but adding combat that YOU control, Archon was the original Battle Chess. You must try to outmaneuver your opponent using teams of fantasy creatures or monsters in this epic struggle of Light and Dark. On the chess board, when you challenge a piece, you are teleported into a Combat Arena where you fight in REAL-TIME until only the victor emerges to claim the square on the chess board. Conquer your opponent by defeating all of their pieces on the chess board or claim all the Power Squares for a quick victory! You can play Free-For-All mode, where it's everyone for themselves, or play using teams and gang up on your opponents pieces in battle (2 vs. 1.)

http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/65400/ss_b57b963c48969ff09c66c33e74db532697eb6f9f.1920x1080.jpg?t=1294436862

Archon:Classic can be played using USB controllers (the best way) or with keyboard and mouse. First developed in 1983, Archon quickly became a hit and instant classic because of it's unique combination of action and strategic gameplay. We've recreated it to play just like the original, but we've added enhancements for today's gamer. So grab some friends and experience the classic game that started the Action/Strategy genre.

Key features:
Up to 4 Player support...pure mayhem in battle!
Play in "Free-for-All" or "Teams" mode
USB controller support
Optimized to run even on on netbooks
3 Different Boards (Modes) to play
4 AI settings with 3 different personalities
Various spells to use
18 pieces per team, plus others you can summon
Pieces gain experience and level up
Primary and Secondary abilities
Choose modern or classic icons
Fully Featured 1 Player Campaign called, "Conquest"
Conquest features 4 campaigns (over 60 quests)
Over 16 hours gameplay on Conquest alone!
Tracking and Statistics per game (fully featured)
Achievements and Leaderboards
System Requirements
OS: Win XP or later with .NET framework installed
Processor: x86-compatible 800 mhz
Memory: 512 MB
Graphics: At least 64MB memory
Hard Drive: 250 MB

Edited By: cicobuff on Jun 24, 2014 22:07
1 Like #2
Oh my goodness! I remember this! Heat added! Might use this to get my little boy into Chess...
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http://www.c64-wiki.com/images/1/16/Archon_Animation.gif

http://venuspatrol.com/oimages/archon.jpg

Edited By: cicobuff on Jun 24, 2014 22:44
2 Likes #4
That brings back memories. (showing my age ..)
http://atari.vjetnam.cz/big/a/archon.gif
3 Likes #5
djfluff
That brings back memories. (showing my age ..)
http://atari.vjetnam.cz/big/a/archon.gif

Yeah, but at least one thing, anyone that can remember 80s gaming really is lucky, we got to witness first hand the progression (if you can call it that) of gaming first hand, and have a broader knowledge of gaming than kids of today, imagine 14 year olds that's earliest memory is the Playstation 2.
2 Likes #6
I remember typing in a game from a magazine before I could play it .. 8D
#7
How about Archon 2? IIRC it got very samey in that you got stuck in a tic-tac-toe type stalemate...

Bought this anyways 'cos I never played the original (though heard a lot about it) when it was on C64/128...
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Absolutely loved the classic game on my pc :) Always had great satisfaction taking out the queen with a mere goblin
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TesseractOrion
How about Archon 2? IIRC it got very samey in that you got stuck in a tic-tac-toe type stalemate...

Bought this anyways 'cos I never played the original (though heard a lot about it) when it was on C64/128...

I never understood Archon 2! You could get to a point in Archon whereby you have one remaining character each and not wanting to attack your opposition during light/dark time shifts, but usually games are long resolved by winning all 5 power point squares rather than a battle to the death of all opposition characters.
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jsty3105
Absolutely loved the classic game on my pc :) Always had great satisfaction taking out the queen with a mere goblin

Archon MS-DOS, no wonder back then the C64 ruled far superior for gaming.
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cicobuff
jsty3105
Absolutely loved the classic game on my pc :) Always had great satisfaction taking out the queen with a mere goblin

Archon MS-DOS, no wonder back then the C64 ruled far superior for gaming.

OMG Who the hell thought Cyan & Magenta (and light blue & grey) was a good idea!? CGA graphics IIRC? Wow yeah even C64, if not the ZX Spectrum (even with colour clash) was easier on the eyes than this LOL. How on earth did the PC overtake Atari ST, Amiga, Archimedes et al in gaming? Well through sheer numbers of course but oh what might have (should have) been... :(
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TesseractOrion
cicobuff
jsty3105
Absolutely loved the classic game on my pc :) Always had great satisfaction taking out the queen with a mere goblin

Archon MS-DOS, no wonder back then the C64 ruled far superior for gaming.

OMG Who the hell thought Cyan & Magenta (and light blue & grey) was a good idea!? CGA graphics IIRC? Wow yeah even C64, if not the ZX Spectrum (even with colour clash) was easier on the eyes than this LOL. How on earth did the PC overtake Atari ST, Amiga, Archimedes et al in gaming? Well through sheer numbers of course but oh what might have (should have) been... :(

It happened when 3D gaming started really, from the early days of Wolfenstein, onwards to Doom, Heretic, Quake etc. Atari had all but finished with the Falcon, Commodore was on their last legs with the Amiga 1200 and did not have the Akiko chip the failed Amiga CD32 games console had which helped push its 3D capability. Already with Commodore on its last legs and going bankrupt it was the last roll of the dice.
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TesseractOrion
cicobuff
jsty3105
Absolutely loved the classic game on my pc :) Always had great satisfaction taking out the queen with a mere goblin

Archon MS-DOS, no wonder back then the C64 ruled far superior for gaming.

OMG Who the hell thought Cyan & Magenta (and light blue & grey) was a good idea!? CGA graphics IIRC? Wow yeah even C64, if not the ZX Spectrum (even with colour clash) was easier on the eyes than this LOL. How on earth did the PC overtake Atari ST, Amiga, Archimedes et al in gaming? Well through sheer numbers of course but oh what might have (should have) been... :(
cicobuff
jsty3105
Absolutely loved the classic game on my pc :) Always had great satisfaction taking out the queen with a mere goblin

Archon MS-DOS, no wonder back then the C64 ruled far superior for gaming.
Yeah, PC gamers in the early days had a rough deal until Prince of Persia started the trend of showing off graphic cards with a game. Being able to cope with CGA (and playing loads of text-based games) was probably the primary reason why I spent my entire gaming life focused on gameplay and experiences rather than graphics ;)

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