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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 Uh oh, I'm trapped in a corner...
Gauntlet Amstrad CPC Whoa, lots of ghosts to fight...
Gauntlet Apple II A lot of ghosts behind that door! I could use a magic potion...
Gauntlet Arcade Third level

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Alternate Titles

  • "圣铠传说" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Dungeons" -- Working title

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User Reviews

One of the most addictive games ever, and a downright excellent arcade conversion. DOS Tomer Gabel (4642)
OH YES! The Arcade classic comes to the C-64 Personal Computer! Commodore 64 XplOrOrOr (16)

Critic Reviews

Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Jan, 1987 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Jan, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jan, 1987 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SEGA Master System Oct, 1990 859 out of 1000 86
Retro Gamer Xbox 360 Feb, 2006 76 out of 100 76
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Oct, 1988 72 out of 100 72
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 23, 2005 6.7 out of 10 67
IGN Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Xbox 360 Mar 14, 2006 4 out of 10 40


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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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