Battle Chess meets Tekken 😉 This is not your typical chess game. For starters you don’t have the chess pieces, and taking over someone is not as easy as moving onto their square with your piece and lifting them off the board. Oh no siree!
This is the ultimate chess game. When you see someone’s nice little guy standing there on a white square, you go in for the kill. But lo and behold, up loads the 1 on 1 combat screen – now we see who wins 😉
There are other factors to this game that have to be considered when playing. Such as if you are a white player and you go to fight, then fighting on a white square is better. As this is your colour and you have an advantage because of that. Just like chess the different pieces have different strengths and weaknesses. Its not as simple as ‘Haha, you suck, you put your big important one in the way of my tiny little pawn, now I 0wn j00!’ as there is the battle scene, and your tiny little piece would have no show. So, its up to you to chose the right player to take over another one.
This game has a great human vs. human side. So you can take on your best friend who is 100x smarter than you at anything strategic, and just kick the living crap out of them! They were always too busy playing normal chess to bother with any of the beat-em up games, so that’s where it pays to bum around on PCs all the time. It’s not too hard to beat the PC either.
The graphics are a bit crappy and only in CGA. And the PC speaker has never been much fun. But it’s an old game and you get what you expect, and this was ok for a 1984 game.
An addictive game, and a lot of fun. Brings together using your brain, and using your fighting skills. If you like this you should have a look at Archon Ultra which was the newer version and can be found on this site.
- MobyGames: Archon
Read all about it on MobyGames.
- Wikipedia: Archon
Read all about it on Wikipedia.
- Archon: Evolution
This is the new and improved Archon game. It's being made in close contact with the original Archon team. Taken from the site:
"Archon: Evolution is an enhanced remake of the classic computer game "Archon", from Free Fall Associates and Electronic Arts. New features include a brand new game engine, updated audio and visuals, an all new interface, tweaked computer AI and most importantly Netplay!"
- Designed by: Free Fall Associates
- Published by: Electronic Arts
Size: 23kb (1 mins on 56k dial-up)