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Gauntlet

MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
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3.6
Xbox 360
58
3.5
Apple IIgs
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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 Arcade Purple mage
Gauntlet Atari 8-bit Some different kinds of floor tiles hold surprises if you dare to walk on them
Gauntlet DOS Title screen (EGA)
Gauntlet Apple II Found some food; better grab it before more ghosts arrive on the scene...

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 (4388)
OH YES! The Arcade classic comes to the C-64 Personal Computer! Commodore 64 XplOrOrOr (16)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Master System Jan, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Mobile Game Faqs J2ME Nov 08, 2004 88 out of 100 88
ATARImagazin Atari ST Jun, 1987 2 out of 6 80
TalkXbox Xbox 360 Feb 12, 2006 75 out of 100 75
4Players.de Xbox 360 Jan 26, 2006 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 23, 2005 6.7 out of 10 67
IGN Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 Feb 19, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
XBox Evolved Xbox 360 Nov 17, 2005 4.9 out of 10 49
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Apr 02, 2005 F 0

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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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