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Archon: the Light and the Dark

Archon: The Light and the Dark is an abandoned DOS fantasy blend of strategy and action game, developed by Free Fall Associates and published for DOS by Electronic Arts in 1984. Archon and its sequels are a unique mix of chess-like turn-based strategy and arcade action games. Take chess and add the fact that every time two pieces land on the same space, they must fight in an arena-like screen, spice it up with a pinch of fantasy flavor and that's it.
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Trouble running this game? Check out the F.A.Q.

Main executable file (run this to play the game): archon/archon.com

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Input: joystick, keyboard

Distributed on: 5,25 floppy disk

Also published for: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Macintosh, NES, ZX Spectrum

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  • Christopher Salem - 14/08/2018 23:48
    I've found this game more challenging when played on the NES than the PC, as the AI in the NES version moves swifter, and the D-pad not as precise as a keyboard. Still, this is one game that if you've enjoyed it on one platform, you'll want to own it for your other platforms. A third way to win not mentioned in the manual, is to reduce your opponent to one creature, and then imprison that creature if it can be intimidated off a power point (power points are proof against magic). It is possible, though extremely rare, to stalemate a game.
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