archon_logo1ReactGames let us know that they had submitted Archon Classic to the App Store. Archon Classic is an official licensed game based on the original Archon from 1983.

This version (1.0) plays really well, which we’re really excited about! The combat is fast and fun, the characters are more evenly matched and the Phoenix KICKS BUTT! The Easy setting is VERY easy so everyone can get used to the controls on the iPhone (if you’re not yet) and win a few battles fairly easily. The Hard setting is pretty challenging, even for the veteran player. There is a ranking system that works nicely and in subsequent versions, we’ll be able to upload to a server for global scores and global rankings…it keeps track of your total game time, fastest combat time, how many pieces you’re won/loss, etc. In combat, you can control the characters by using the Dpad (which works excellent) or the Accelerometer.

They've also posted this first gameplay video from the iPhone version. The video starts off with scenes from the original 1983 version and then later shows the iPhone gameplay:


If you haven't played Archon before, it plays like chess but the characters actually do battle to determine who wins each square.

  • Adams Immersive

    I love Archon! And Archon II: Adept!

    I think I'd rather have swipe controls than D-pad or accelerometer, but I'm looking forward to it regardless.

    I sure hope it has multiplayer--that's the real fun of Archon.

    (Just to be clear: it's not exactly like chess--the pieces don't move by the same rules and the board is 9x9, with some squares that change color to give a shifting advantage to one side or the other. The piece-moving tactics are not nearly as deep as chess--which is good for me: real chess strategy baffles me, but Archon I can grasp!)

  • Adams Immersive

    I love Archon! And Archon II: Adept!

    I think I'd rather have swipe controls than D-pad or accelerometer, but I'm looking forward to it regardless.

    I sure hope it has multiplayer--that's the real fun of Archon.

    (Just to be clear: it's not exactly like chess--the pieces don't move by the same rules and the board is 9x9, with some squares that change color to give a shifting advantage to one side or the other. The piece-moving tactics are not nearly as deep as chess--which is good for me: real chess strategy baffles me, but Archon I can grasp!)

  • Silverfist

    WANT.

    WANT WANT WANT.

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  • Silverfist

    WANT.

    WANT WANT WANT.

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  • Loner

    about freaking time

  • Loner

    about freaking time

  • Dark NRG

    I don't think I've searched more for a game daily as this one in the App store.
    Thanks TA for the update!!!

  • Dark NRG

    I don't think I've searched more for a game daily as this one in the App store.
    Thanks TA for the update!!!

  • iPhoneGamer

    I can't wait for this. I used to LOVE this game on the old Atari 800XL!

  • iPhoneGamer

    I can't wait for this. I used to LOVE this game on the old Atari 800XL!

  • Tower Defender

    Just knowing this game makes me feel old.

  • Tower Defender

    Just knowing this game makes me feel old.

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    I love the icon

  • http://www.mobstarentertainment.com mek

    I love the icon

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    I was hoping they'd keep the original graphics. Oh well.

    Still looks very well done, it just loses its 8 bit charm for me.

  • http://peterhirschberg.com Peter Hirschberg

    I was hoping they'd keep the original graphics. Oh well.

    Still looks very well done, it just loses its 8 bit charm for me.

  • jeff

    They do keep the original graphics. There are 2 game modes, one with the original gameplay and one with the new graphics.

  • jeff

    They do keep the original graphics. There are 2 game modes, one with the original gameplay and one with the new graphics.

  • DotComCTO

    YES! I'm old enough to have played Archon to death on my Atari 400. This will be an immediate purchase!

  • DotComCTO

    YES! I'm old enough to have played Archon to death on my Atari 400. This will be an immediate purchase!