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Gauntlet (Commodore 64)

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Description

Gauntlet is an action game where players choose characters and fight their way through hordes of enemies that assault them on the way to the end of the level. One or two players must make their way through 100 levels of mayhem and magic.

The game features a choice of four characters to play with, each with different weapons. Thor the Warrior has a bludgeoning battle axe, Thyra the Valkyrie has a close range sword, Questor the Elf has his long range bow, and Merlin the Wizard has magical bolts.

Ghosts, goblins and even the life-draining Death are among the enemies. Enemies stream out of generators, so destroy these before tackling the rest.

Keys are needed to open the many doors within the levels, and in some situations a door will contain only bonus items, not a progressive route. Scattered magic potions act like smart bombs and clear the screen of all enemies. Beware of poison though, this reduces the character's energy level. Treasure is abundant throughout the levels and adds to the player's score.

Screenshots

Gauntlet Commodore 64 Gameplay on the 8th level
Gauntlet Commodore 64 Destroy the generators to stop enemies from appearing
Gauntlet Commodore 64 Found a key, but surrounded by ghosts!
Gauntlet Commodore 64 Choose a character

Alternate Titles

  • "圣铠传说" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)

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User Reviews

OH YES! The Arcade classic comes to the C-64 Personal Computer! XplOrOrOr (16) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

The Press Says

64'er Feb, 1987 13 out of 15 87
Happy Computer 1986 84 out of 100 84
Pixel-Heroes.de Jun, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Tilt Apr, 1987 15 out of 20 75
All Game Guide 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Gauntlet appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

DOS version

The DOS version uses a tweaked 256x200 pixel graphics mode and some other graphics trickery in EGA. Many VGA (and later) cards do not support this properly causing the game to hang after the character selection screen. DOSBox (starting at version 0.73) includes proper EGA emulation that allow this game to run when configured with the "machine=ega" option.

PCjr

There is an interesting note in the documentation for PCjr users:
Note to Pcjr users: If you wish to run the program in 16-color mode, the line DEVICE=PCJRMEM.COM present in the config.sys file on your boot disk must be changed to read DEVICE=PCJRMEM.COM /C instead.
This gives a clue as to how to get other Tandy 1000 graphic-mode games running on a PCjr (ironic, since the Tandy is a clone of the PCjr).

Awards

  • Game Informer
    • August 2001(Issue #100) - #64 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and Steven Don

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PCGamer77 (3028) added Gauntlet (Commodore 64) on Apr 05, 2003
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