As Raph Koster noted in December, there are good things afoot for fans of Electronic Arts’ classic C64/8-bit computer chess-like board/strategy game Archon, with a resurgence planned for PC, consoles (likely Xbox Live Arcade), and now, React! Games has announced, a new version planned for the iPhone.
React says the game won’t be a simple port of the original computer version, but will include wifi multiplayer, worldwide leaderboards, selectable AI difficulty, and “an additional surprise game mode” for its single player game, and hints at further accelerometer functionality.
The dev hasn’t shown off any full-screen mockups of the iPhone game in action apart from a title screen (the above image is from a 2003 PC mockup, and from the developer’s blog, it appears work has only really been underway since the start of the new year), but the site’s gallery shows some promising work done in converting all of its game-piece characters into full 3D.
Now, if anyone else is willing to snatch up long-forgotten classic EA designs, no matter what anyone says, I do think a console/portable/iPhone re-up of Dani Bunten’s landmark multiplayer game M.U.L.E., particularly one using Niklas Jansson’s ridiculously well done concept art, would be an instant contender for game of the year.
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