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Archon: The Light and the Dark

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This game works with: Mini vMac

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.)

Version: Unknown

At the behest of Electronic Arts, the links to this game have been removed. Forum Post regarding EA

Architecture: 68k


themacmeister's picture
by themacmeister - 2010, June 18 - 4:34am

EA are just without souls - they will be first against the wall when the revolution comes (and it is coming!)

by SHiNShU - 2010, June 17 - 4:04pm

where did the download go? how are you gonna post up a game and not have a download? its not truly archived then. i know EA wont give out the download on their website! and is this game unable to run on an imac?

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2010, April 21 - 1:09pm

Hackers of Archon, a further challenge awaits you on the Game Grid:

End of line.

Gael_FR's picture
by Gael_FR - 2010, April 20 - 7:23pm

I have just uploaded the scanned manual (including the Quick Reference Card), and the shots of the box and the disk. Enjoy !
And thank you to Winterlast for providing the game !

macbot's picture
by macbot - 2010, April 19 - 4:35am

Dreams do come true!