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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.


Gauntlet Atari 8-bit Lot's of corridors to get lost in
Gauntlet Atari 8-bit An aweful lot of ghosts wait behind that door
Gauntlet Macintosh Title screen (mono)
Gauntlet Arcade Red monsters

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

One of the most addictive games ever, and a downright excellent arcade conversion. DOS Tomer Gabel (4365)
OH YES! The Arcade classic comes to the C-64 Personal Computer! Commodore 64 XplOrOrOr (16)

The Press Says

The Atari Times Arcade Oct 16, 2003 95 out of 100 95
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Feb, 1987 94 out of 100 94
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Jun, 2005 8 out of 10 80
TalkXbox Xbox 360 Feb 12, 2006 75 out of 100 75
Video Games SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 66 out of 100 66
Raze SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 64 out of 100 64
airgamer J2ME Feb 05, 2005 56 out of 100 56
XBox Evolved Xbox 360 Nov 17, 2005 4.9 out of 10 49
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Xbox 360 Mar 14, 2006 4 out of 10 40
Wham! gaming Xbox 360 Jan 25, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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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.


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).


  • Commodore Format
    • March 1991 (Issue 6) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • 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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