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Archon is the ultimate battle between light and dark as you fight in the action-packed Combat Arena to claim each square. Be a Dragon, Goblin, Unicorn Phoenix or various other characters...each with their own unique ability. No combat is the same, so no outcome is the control the fight, so you control your destiny.

IGN - 7.5/10
"...if you played Archon during the Reagan Era, you will be pleasantly surprised...I am relieved to see such fidelity to the original game...Playing classic Archon versus a friend remains one of the greatest videogame experiences I've ever had."

"Archon is a game that really stands the test of time...and the spirit is most definitely preserved."

ALL ABOUT THE GAMES (4 out of 5 stars)
"Archon suits the iPhone / iPod touch so well that you'd think it was made for it...what they've done in Archon works superbly and captures the original...All in all, another game has successfully been brought back from near obscurity to reign supreme on the iPhone / iPod Touch. React Games have done an excellent job."

iPHONEAPPREVIEWS (4 out of 5 stars)
" players who have never heard of Archon should pick this up immediately as it’s as superb a game today as it was in 1983."

Archon is hailed as a perfect hybrid of strategy and fast-action combat. You take control of either the Light or Dark team, each with their unique line-up of creatures. Strategically move your pieces on the chess-like board to capture squares. If you move onto an enemy square however, real-time battle ensues in the Combat Arena! Dodge with your Dragon or weave with your Unicorn as the struggle of good vs evil rages piece by piece. The combat victor captures the square on the Strategy Board. You win a game by annihilating your opponent's team or claiming all 5 “Power Squares.”
With over 16 unique characters, no game is ever the same. Find your perfect strategy to claim to coveted “Archon” rank.

How to play:

Using the Strategy board, move your pieces around to either capture the Power Squares or position them to annihilate your opponent's team. Your Wizard or Sorceress can cast spells, so protect them at all costs!

Pay special attention to the color of square you're on...because that gives you a health boost when you go to the Combat Arena!

Your Rank will show at the end, depending on how well you do. ordinary game of chess.


Move pieces by Touch, Virtual D-pad or Accelerometer
Ranking system, shows you how well you did each game
18 pieces per team, plus ability to summon other characters
Each team has various spells they can cast
Various board configurations to play
Characters level up to gain new abilities
4 AI settings
Play as Light or Dark
Fully rendered 3d graphics
Original gameplay from the 1983 classic
Stats tracking (fastest time, wins/losses, rankings)
“Smart-Aim” feature in combat
6 different combat arenas
Custom soundtrack

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What's New in Version 1.9

New CONQUEST single player mode implemented!
Plus+ Leaderboards and Awards now implemented!
Combat controls overhauled and tweaked

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Customer Reviews

Great game!

I've had this game for a few days now, and I am really loving it. I actually stopped playing a game on my XBox 360 at one point to come back to this! I played the original Archon back in the day (and Archon 2 -- any plans to bring that one back?), so I bought this game partly out of nostalgia. The gameplay definitely holds up on the iPhone, though. I'm really enjoying the new Ascension map with its leveling system, too. It adds a new layer of play that seems like a natural outgrowth from the original. I'm less impressed with the Invictis map, though. The powerups make it too luck-based for my taste. And while I'm complaining, it seems to me that the golem on the Light side moves way too slowly to be useful on the Invictis map for some reason (I couldn't tell if all the creatures had been slowed to make room for speed powerups or if this was some sort of framerate issue). This might be okay if he had a huge amount of health, but I actually got pushed into a corner and killed by a banshee in just two shots. I don't think the golem should be able to be pushed around by anybody, much less a banshee (as this makes her a bit overpowered). Also, I remember the summoning power giving more options in the original game. Could you guys bring back the Juggernaut? Please? Overall, excellent work!

Appreciate this, the greatest of the "forgotten" games!!!

I'm so proud to be from a generation that hears the name "Archon" and thinks fondly back to the days when Electronic Arts elegantly packaged this work of genius. What a concept! Does it get any geekier than this? Highly unlikely. There's more goodness in the free version of this classic than a majority of the full versions you find in the App Store. But please do yourselves and the developers a favor and buy this game now. Don't put it off anymore. Even without the new update today, Archon would be cheap at ten times the price. You read that correctly. Think about it! It's like chess where your pieces have powers and abilities. Not only that, but the action combat sequences really make you earn that square.
It just begs the question--could Archon II: Adept be far behind? I hope not. I'd also like to see a new version of this gem come to the PC and Mac! Please say it'll happen and I can die happy.
One more thing--is there any way the old Commodore 64 version could be included as an unlockable feature? That would be a reason to buy an iPhone in and of itself. Thank you so much for bringing back one of my all-time favorite games. It shows class and sophistication like no other developer. Bless you.

yobill in charge

A worthy adaptation of the C64 classic for the iPhone. It's not exactly like the original, but the best aspects of the game are pretty much replicated here. Just like the original, the combat interface is a bit clunky, though the Knights/Trolls seem to fare better here than in the original, which is welcome. Moving around the board and casting spells is more difficult here than in the original, but this is likely something I will adjust to in time. Overall, I highly recommend for those who fondly remember playing this till 3AM on the Commod

yobill breaking into this dbag's comments- I am the master of Arch- Classic. Any of you chumps think you can take my top ranking away, bring it on. I smoke all y'all. yobill out.

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  • $1.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.9
  • Size: 10.6 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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