Archon (NES)

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Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1989
Developer: Bullet-Proof Software
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Archon is a board-game-type simulation game. The game was originally developed by Free Fall Associates and published by Electronic Arts across multiple computer platforms, and adapted to the NES by Bullet-Proof Software. Consider Archon a Chess clone, with added features. The player uses different kinds of characters, instead of pawns, rooks, etc. the player can be knights, djiinis, golemns, and the dark side also has its unique characters as well. When a piece lands over another, you don't capture the piece right away, you instead get placed into a small room for combat. Whoever wins the battle gets the opponent's piece taken away.

The NES version was slated for a release in its native Japan, but was cancelled for unknown reasons.


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The title screen.

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The board.

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In combat with an Earth Elemental.

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The music is not all that great. It's not awful but it sounds like there wasn't much effort put into the music. Hiroshi Suzuki, main audio composer at BPS is responsible for the soundtrack. Along with his name is his alias, Goblin Sound. He would also go on to compose a few more soundtracks on the NES. Unfortunately, there are only 4 songs in the game. This game could have used an extra tune or two. The 'You Lose' theme is just the ending part of the title theme, and the other three songs are pretty repetitive and not long, so it will get to the player. The title theme was originally composed by Tommy Dunbar and converted from the slightly out-of-tune Atari 8-bit version.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Tommy DunbarHiroshi Suzuki 0:32
02 Board Hiroshi SuzukiHiroshi Suzuki 1:03
03 Combat Hiroshi SuzukiHiroshi Suzuki 1:01
04 You Lose Tommy DunbarHiroshi Suzuki 0:03



The game's credits can be seen upon completion of the game. Since Goblin Sound is credited, it is possible other sound composers were involved; most likely Hisashi Yotsumoto and Hiroshi Taguchi. The Japanese manuals for most BPS games (which share the same sound driver) credit its music driver to Kazuya Takahashi. Tommy Dunbar is only credited in the Apple II version for the title music, but has confirmed in an interview that he composed the Archon Theme.

Game Rip






Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.


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Archon - NES - Box - Front.jpg
Title: Archon
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-12-??
Publisher: Activision


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Archon II: Adept Platform - A8.png • Platform - C64.png • Platform - A2.png • Platform - AMI.png
Notable Songs Title - Archon
Notable Personnel Tommy Dunbar
Notable Companies Electronic Arts