Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Archon'

Rating:4 User: Matt_B

At first glance this game resembles a fantasy version of chess; you've got numerous pieces on a chequered board, a complex set of rules to govern movement and various spells which can be cast to add to the strategic element. However, when a piece is taken it launches into an arcade style combat sub-game neatly throwing out any attempts to easily categorize it.

As a one player game it's fun for a bit, at least once you've gotten good enough at the sub-game not to be beaten every time, but it begins to suffer when you get too good at it; when you're good enough to win nearly all the combat, the strategy element of the game stops mattering too much as you will still almost certainly win the game regardless.

However, as a two-player game between well matched opponents it's got a bit more staying power. The Spectrum conversion comes off a bit weak against the Atari 8-bit original though, so that's probably the one to hunt down if you want to see the game at its best.