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Title: New commercial Archon remake/sequel thing
Post by: fluffy_banana on October 14, 2009, 08:27:11 am
Some of you may be interested to note a new Archon game for the PC (http://www.archonclassic.com/) is coming soon. Unfortunately, not by TFB, but it appears to be adding quite a bit of new stuff (4 players? Power-ups? Why, I never ...) as well new graphics (with a mode to switch to the original graphics).

An iPhone version has possibly already been released? I couldn't tell, but if anyone's played that, thoughts?


Title: Re: New commercial Archon remake/sequel thing
Post by: Angelfish on October 14, 2009, 10:47:05 am
It seems to be a completely true to the original remake, with updated graphics. Apparently they also used the original source code.
I never played the original Archon though, even though I owned a C64. Was it some kind of chess game with different rules for when pieces meet?


Title: Re: New commercial Archon remake/sequel thing
Post by: Megagun on October 14, 2009, 02:29:16 pm
Heh, looks like this is the offspring of Archon: Evolution, a project that literally dropped off the face of the Internet a few years ago (and which was quite buggy at the time)...

As for the original (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archon:_The_Light_and_the_Dark); it was partially inspired by that game Chewie and C3PO were playing aboard the Millenium Falcon in Star Wars IV: like chess, and when two pieces meet, they fight in an arena to decide who is the victor of a fight.


Title: Re: New commercial Archon remake/sequel thing
Post by: fluffy_banana on October 14, 2009, 08:25:36 pm
Quote from: Angelfish
Was it some kind of chess game with different rules for when pieces meet?

Basically, although beyond the arcade-like battle element there was also some interesting strategic rules -- the squares cycled between different patterns of light and dark (favouring the correspondingly coloured player in the battle arena), which was rather novel, plus the wizard unit had spells to cast on the main board like 'teleport' or 'summon elemental.'

If you like SC melee, you'll probably like Archon as well -- you can definitely see how the one informed the other.


Title: Re: New commercial Archon remake/sequel thing
Post by: Shiver on October 14, 2009, 08:52:27 pm
I might just buy this when it's out. Always wanted to try Archon, but not enough to deal with an ancient interface.


Title: Re: New commercial Archon remake/sequel thing
Post by: RTyp06 on October 14, 2009, 11:18:34 pm
Thanx fluffy. This is awesome news! I loved Archon and the sequel Archon Adpet back in the day. The original put PR III on the gaming map imo. Internet play will be a welcome addition as well. I'm curious how exactly 4 player will work though. Seems two or three players could team up against one.


Title: Re: New commercial Archon remake/sequel thing
Post by: Dragon on October 15, 2009, 10:09:35 pm
Random history stuff: Archcon Classic began life as Archon Evolution (http://archon.curvenet.co.uk/), a comerical remake which was then released free but unfinished.  You can find version 0.7 here (http://games.softpedia.com/get/Freeware-Games/Archon-Evolution.shtml) if you're interested.  I think that was one of the last free versions released.  All that works is the two player option but it still looks pretty similar.