Commodore 64 Version

React! Games announced yesterday that they will be delivering Archon to the iPhone in the second quarter of 2009. Yes... that Archon.

React! Games managed to wrangle a license deal with Free Fall Games who created the original Archon game in 1983. It was a huge hit at the time and found itself ported to the Commodore 64, Apple II, Macintosh, IBM PC and many more platforms.

The gameplay of Archon resembles Chess, but with a few notable differences:

While the board is similar to a chessboard and the various pieces are similarly designed to have various offsetting abilities, when one piece attempts to take another the removal of the targeted piece is not automatic. Instead, the two pieces are placed into a full-screen 'combat arena' and must battle (action-style, with the players running the pieces) to determine who takes the square.

Chad Lee, founder of React! Games, says of the iPhone version, “We’re very excited for this platform, it’s ease of development and user base. Initial tests confirm that the touchscreen and accelerometer will be a fun and interesting experience for everyone.”

Other features confirmed for the iPhone version include:

  • Multi-player Wi-fi
  • Worldwide leaderboard
  • 3 AI Settings
  • an additional surprise game mode for 1 player only

Only the following promotional shot was provided at this early stage. Stay tuned. Ongoing information about the game should be available at ArchonClassic.com.

For those unfamiliar, a video of the Commodore 64 version is available here.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I played Archon on my Apple IIe for 45 mins last night!

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    I played Archon on my Apple IIe for 45 mins last night!

  • Adams Immersive

    A great game--I've played it for many hours on Amiga. Multiplayer especially!

    Archon II: Adept was equally fun.

  • Adams Immersive

    A great game--I've played it for many hours on Amiga. Multiplayer especially!

    Archon II: Adept was equally fun.

  • http://www.appleotaku.com Apple Otaku

    I remember playing this on my Apple II+. I also had an Apple IIGS but I don't remember if it was fully compatible with this game.

  • http://www.appleotaku.com Apple Otaku

    I remember playing this on my Apple II+. I also had an Apple IIGS but I don't remember if it was fully compatible with this game.

  • Jesse

    Sweetness... so any chance of someone picking up a M.U.L.E. port??

  • Jesse

    Sweetness... so any chance of someone picking up a M.U.L.E. port??

  • arn
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  • Shroud

    Ahh great one of my very favorite games of all times. I will be sure to pick this one up when it is released. Awesome news.

  • Shroud

    Ahh great one of my very favorite games of all times. I will be sure to pick this one up when it is released. Awesome news.

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    I want to see BATTLE CHESS on my iphone !
    that would be so awesome:)
    and an enhanced port of dungeon master too :)

    A lot of good old games could to wonder to the iPhone

  • http://www.1112game.com alexandre leboucher

    I want to see BATTLE CHESS on my iphone !
    that would be so awesome:)
    and an enhanced port of dungeon master too :)

    A lot of good old games could to wonder to the iPhone

  • hkiphone

    My god, I thought I would never see the day where I can play this game again!
    I used to play this so much as a tiny kid on the Atari 800XL!

    I'm also hoping this signals the conversion of Archon II and M.U.L.E. too!!!! :D

  • hkiphone

    My god, I thought I would never see the day where I can play this game again!
    I used to play this so much as a tiny kid on the Atari 800XL!

    I'm also hoping this signals the conversion of Archon II and M.U.L.E. too!!!! :D

  • mek

    how are they going to do the live action fighting, that will make or break this game port

  • mek

    how are they going to do the live action fighting, that will make or break this game port

  • Peter

    OH ... YES!!
    YES
    YES!

    :D

  • Peter

    OH ... YES!!
    YES
    YES!

    :D

  • John

    I have been lurking, never thought I would have any reason to post ---

    ARCHON FTW!!!!

    remember playing this on my Tandy 1000sx

  • John

    I have been lurking, never thought I would have any reason to post ---

    ARCHON FTW!!!!

    remember playing this on my Tandy 1000sx

  • richmlow

    This is excellent news and I'm really looking forward to seeing Archon on the iPhone!

    There are so many cool games of yesteryear which would be great on the iPhone. I would imagine that a company which specialized in porting the great classics to the iPhone would do VERY well, financially speaking.

  • richmlow

    This is excellent news and I'm really looking forward to seeing Archon on the iPhone!

    There are so many cool games of yesteryear which would be great on the iPhone. I would imagine that a company which specialized in porting the great classics to the iPhone would do VERY well, financially speaking.

  • mrkgoo

    I loved Archon and have been wishing it was remade for modern times on home consoles. This is just as good!

  • mrkgoo

    I loved Archon and have been wishing it was remade for modern times on home consoles. This is just as good!

  • Klatuu

    Please give us M.U.L.E. !!!!

  • Klatuu

    Please give us M.U.L.E. !!!!

  • Joe

    Loved this on C64, cant wait until it hits iphone.

  • Joe

    Loved this on C64, cant wait until it hits iphone.

  • Paul

    Paradroid!!!

  • Paul

    Paradroid!!!

  • GW

    Yes! Archon II and M.U.L.E. also please!

  • GW

    Yes! Archon II and M.U.L.E. also please!

  • ZeroCorpse

    Loved Archon! It was a great game. I can't imagine it will be easy to get the controls in this. Good luck to them!

    Other C=64 classics should find their way to the App Store. I'd especially love an updated version of Mail Order Monsters with online play, as well as a two-player online version of The Castles of Dr. Creep.

    The original Castle Wolfenstein might be fun, too.

  • ZeroCorpse

    Loved Archon! It was a great game. I can't imagine it will be easy to get the controls in this. Good luck to them!

    Other C=64 classics should find their way to the App Store. I'd especially love an updated version of Mail Order Monsters with online play, as well as a two-player online version of The Castles of Dr. Creep.

    The original Castle Wolfenstein might be fun, too.

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