One of the best games ever made for the Mac Plus, Archon will not run properly on almost any other hardware. (Thankfully, it's fully compatible with vanilla Mini vMac when booted from this disk image.) At fault is its use of the alternate screen buffer, a feature discontinued on subsequent models, to achieve extremely fast graphics — an eminently forgivable choice, since furious split-second action is a huge part of the game's appeal. Combined with brutal copy protection, this was enough to doom Archon to cult fandom... until the discovery of this cracked copy, in a box of software donated to the Garden by a 1980s Apple alumnus. (Huge props to NOMAD for his efforts and to Randy Paulson for preserving them!)
Rated 5 out of 5 mice by MacUser.
I performed many tasks while at EA, but the most fun was doing the ports of Archon to the Apple II and Macintosh.
btw, the Mac version broke ALL the rules all the way down to page-flipping the video and jamming on the mouse hardware for extra speed.
It's copy-protected, which I strongly opposed because I knew it would break on future Macintosh models.
- Jim Nitchals (RIP), in three separate comments
Stickler's note: The pre-cracked Archon had a generic app icon and a different splash layout (which is preserved as the startup screen on this disk image.)
At the behest of Electronic Arts, the links to this game have been removed. Forum Post regarding EACompatibility