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Gauntlet

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox 360
58
3.5
SEGA Master System
78
3.9
Macintosh
...
4.0

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)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amstrad CPC 9 3.9
Apple II 7 4.0
Apple IIgs 4 3.6
Arcade 4 3.6
Atari 8-bit 8 4.0
Atari ST 10 3.8
Commodore 64 15 3.8
DOS 21 3.5
J2ME 5 4.2
Macintosh 3 4.0
MSX 6 4.0
SEGA Master System 11 3.9
Xbox 360 8 3.5
ZX Spectrum 8 4.0
Combined MobyScore 119 3.8


The Press Says

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100
Amstrad CPCComputer Gamer
Compared to Dandy, this is whole orders of magnitude better, there is no comparison. The 512 levels of this game (and they are all good levels) in one load, are so much better than the Dandy 15 levels in three loads. With Gauntlet on the shelves, I can't imagine anyone wanting to buy any of the clones.
94
ZX SpectrumComputer Gamer
Compared to the state-of-the-art in Spectrum games, this has got to be the best thing to hit Spectrums since Torus managed to turn out a decent version of Elite. Lets hope that the team of US Gold producing and Gremlin Graphics programming produce more in the future, because Gauntlet is excellent.
94
Atari STGénération 4
Les graphismes sont d'enfer et d'une finesse rare. Les bruitages sont super. Que demander de plus. Gauntlet est le meilleur jeu d'arcade sur ST.
92
SEGA Master SystemComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Having been cloned, ripped off and generally done to death, the Gauntlet formula emerges here as fresh as the first day the coin-op appeared. The bright colourful graphics and really great sound - including sampled speech, I might add - make the whole game just as playable now as it ever was. The main thing that puts this head and shoulders above practically every other Master System game available is the speed - it's got to rank as one of the fastest games around! The sprites hare around the screen with no flicker at all, which goes to show what can be done if enough care and attention is taken with Sega games. If you're a fan of the genre, or just want a brilliant game for your Master System, you could do no wrong with this. More, US Gold, please!
92
SEGA Master SystemMean Machines
Gauntlet has appeared on virtually every home computer system on Earth, and I'm glad to see that the Sega version tops the lot for sheer playability. The game is played at a tremendous speed, and each dungeon is packed with literally hundreds of vile and gruesome creatures all out to get you - as you can imagine, it's action all the way! As well as being very playable, the graphics and sound are also excellent. The sprites are small, but they're superbly detailed, and the backdrops are very polished, giving the game a true arcade look. With 100 different levels the challenge you, Gauntlet won't lost its appeal in a hurry. If you've got a Sega, do yourself a favour and plug this into it.
88
J2MEMobile Game Faqs
Gauntlet is a classic. It was good then, it's still good now. It may look a bit dated, but the gameplay and difficulty are just as good even now.
87
Commodore 6464'er
Sieht man von den kleinen Fehlern ab, ist Gauntlet eine sehr gut gelungene Spielhallen-Umsetzung, bei der der Spielwitz des Originals weitestgehend erhalten blieb. Schade, daß es nicht mehr Umsetzungen dieser Qualität gibt.
84
Amstrad CPCHappy Computer
Action-Spiele gibt es viele, aber die wenigsten sind so gut wie die sorgfältige Umsetzung des Gauntlet-Automaten. Man kann dem Programm zwar ankreiden, daß es fast etwas zu leicht ist, aber ich finde es ganz angenehm, mal ein weniger schweres Spiel in die Finger zu bekommen.
84
Commodore 64Happy Computer
Gauntlet gehört zu den Spielen, die auf den ersten Blick nicht besonders toll aussehen, aber wehe, man fängt zu spielen an! Vor allem zu zweit kämpft man sich dann mit Freude durch die immerhin 512 Dungeons. [...] Action-Spiele gibt es viele, aber die wenigsten sind so gut wie die sorgfältige Umsetzung des Gauntlet-Automaten. Mann kann dem Programm zwar ankreiden, daß es fast etwas zu leicht ist, aber ich finde es ganz angenehm, mal ein weniger schweres Spiel in die Finger zu bekommen. (Page 23)
80
Commodore 64Pixel-Heroes.de
Gauntlet ist für mich ein echter Klassiker. Dies aber nur als Multiplayer-Spiel. Für Einzelspieler ist es zu schwer und macht nur halb so viel Laune. Deshalb gibt es nicht mehr als acht Punkte.
80
Atari STATARImagazin
Da man beim Spielstart mit viel Energie ausgestattet wird und zudem zahlreiche Auffrischungen erhalten kann, ist es bei "Gauntlet" möglich, auch ohne Übung längere Zeit zu spielen. Beim ersten Versuch kam ich bereits in den neunten Level und hatte viel Spaß dabei. Wer gerne solch knifflige Aufgaben löst, sollte sich "Gauntlet" unbedingt einmal ansehen.
79
SEGA Master SystemJoystick (French)
Une toute petite dernière chose avant de se quitter, tout comme dans Indiana Jones, Durant le jeu, il n'y a pas de musique, seuls quelques bruitages et digits sonores (un élément encore bien rare sur Master System) viendront égayer l'atmosphère un peu sinistre de Gauntlet, qui reste tout de même un excellent divertissement.
75
Commodore 64Tilt
Dans un labyrinthe infesté de fantômes, un ou deux chevaliers partent à l'aventure. Un thème classique mais ici, il est très bien traité. La version Commodore 64 est excellente (voir test sur Amstrad dans Tilt 39, page 43). Le jeu est difficile, l'animation très précise. La vue aérienne des tableaux aide à la vision du terrain.
75
Xbox 360TalkXbox
Whether you’re a young RPG lover who wants to see where it all began, or an elder who wants to relive their glory days, you need to immediately dish out five bones and give Gauntlet a whirl. It doesn’t reek with glossy presentation, overkill violence, or profanity, yet it’s perhaps the most risqué game you’ll ever play. It’s hard to describe, so for contrast, it’s similar to Brisk Iced-Tea – raw and delicious.
72
DOSThe Games Machine (UK)
Gauntlet could have been improved by including varied background colours and properly defined walls - the mazes are dull in comparison to the lively sprites. PC sound, as always, consists of a few bleeps and warbling effects. However, it seems that Gauntlet is Gauntlet no matter what machine it appears on.
71
Xbox 360Gaming Target
Gauntlet debuted back in 1985 in the arcades and it provided a quarter-popping experience that many still remember to this day. Of course, there have been many reiterations on the formula released over the years, but the original still holds up even after all this time. With the release of Gauntlet for the Xbox 360’s Live Arcade service, the game receives a facelift in the form of slightly sharpened graphics and Xbox Live multiplayer. Are these changes enough to warrant checking it out? For five bucks, you bet it’s worth a download.
70
Xbox 3604Players.de
Was soll man zu Gauntlet großartig sagen? Es ist ein Meilenstein der Videospielgeschichte, der via Xbox Live Arcade originalgetreu wiederbelebt wurde, aber einfach nicht mehr denselben Reiz wie vor zwanzig Jahren versprüht. Während zeitlose Klassiker wie Tetris auch heute noch süchtig machen, wirkt Gauntlet trotz wahlweise aufpolierter Optik nicht nur technisch, sondern auch spielerisch reichlich angestaubt. In geselliger Runde sorgt das simple Monstermetzeln zwar nach wie vor eine zeitlang für Gaudi, aber auf Dauer ist es einfach zu primitiv und abwechslungsarm, um längerfristig zu fesseln. Nostalgikern wird‘s egal sein. Für weniger als fünf Euro werden aber auch jüngere Hack‘n‘Slay-Fans einen Download nicht bereuen, denn zwischendurch ist eine Team-Partie Gauntlet allemal eine Zeitreise wert - dank Online-Modus auch dann, wenn gerade keine Freunde zur Hand sind.
70
Xbox 360Games Radar
We're sure a good amount of you Xbox 360 owners don't remember the days of wallet-murdering arcade games. The claustrophobic dungeon crawler Gauntlet was the worst kind - one quarter wouldn't cut it. As you ran through overhead, labyrinthine passageways packed with monsters, you were constantly losing health. To keep it up, you had to find scarce items like food, or keep pumping Washington's skull into the arcade cabinet.
67
Xbox 360GameSpot
When the four-player dungeon shoot-'em-up Gauntlet became an instant classic in pizza parlors and video arcades across the nation, no one could have possibly imagined that we'd still be playing it 20 years later. Of course, you're not likely to see an original Gauntlet machine these days, but the game has been refurbished and made playable online through the Xbox Live Arcade service. So for the price of a couple of slices of pizza, you could be playing Gauntlet with high-definition graphics and with other nostalgic fans all over the world.
66
SEGA Master SystemVideo Games
Spielerisch sorgt Gauntlet nicht zuletzt wegen der netten Grafik und des guten Sounds für gepflegte Unterhaltung. Spaß macht‘s vor allem dann, wenn man zu zweit auf Punktehatz geht. Alleine wird das Monster verhauen auf Dauer etwas eintönig.
63
SEGA Master SystemPower Play
Technisch macht die Gauntlet-Version auf dem Master System gar keine schlechte Figur. Prächtige Farben, hübsche Sprites und eine gelungene Adaption des Original-Automatensounds sprechen eigentlich für Gauntlet. Leider ist das Programm spielerisch auf dem Stand vor vier Jahren stehengeblieben. Während andere Gauntlet-Fassungen mit neuen Spielelementen aufwarten (z.B. die amerikanische NES-Fassung) wurde dies leider beim Master System versäumt. Die Folge: Schon nach kurzer Zeit stellen sich die ersten Ermüdungserscheinungen ein, und das Modul verschwindet im Regal.
60
Xbox 360Video Game Talk
While the game is on the cheap end of the Xbox Live Arcade cost spectrum, it has a short single player life and the online portion is only average at best due to poor players. Fanatics of the old arcade classic won't be disappointed, but the average Xbox Live user may feel cheated as the game pales in comparison to the quality of a game like Geometry Wars. Be wary of the difference in quality before purchasing Gauntlet, but it is worth a few hours of fun if you are looking for a classic 2D shooter.
60
Xbox 360Game Chronicles
I don’t care if you are fourteen or forty, if you call yourself a gamer then you have at least heard of the legendary Gauntlet, and most of you have probably played at least one incarnation of this classic RPG in the past 20 years.
60
Xbox 360IGN
How I miss the old days of eagerly dropping my one or two precious quarters into the Gaunlet arcade machines that populated the sweaty ice rinks of my youth. If more than one person happened to be at the machine, the experience was exponentially better, at least until someone inevitably ran out of change. Now, the title of the past that's spawned many mediocre sequels is back on Xbox Live and a few things have changed for the better.
59
Xbox 360Lawrence
Considering the amount of quality titles on Xbox Live Arcade (and the huge success of Street Fighter II), I think it’s only appropriate for Lawrence.com to start covering them. From this point forward, we’ll include reviews of new XBLA games in a kind of “mini-review” format. All of the grading criteria will be omitted except for the Overall score (after all, I’d feel odd scoring UNO’s graphics).
56
J2MEairgamer
Das pure Metzeln ohne jeglichen Tief- gang ist für heutige Maßstäbe nicht mehr ausreichend. Das Spielprinzip ist veraltet und allenfalls für Kenner des Originals oder Nostalgiker interessant. Alle anderen, die Spaß am Monster metzeln haben, sollten besser zu Nightmare Creatures greifen.
50
Commodore 64All Game Guide
Gauntlet is, of course, a better arcade game. Even if you enjoyed it in the arcade you may be hard pressed to have fun with the Commodore 64 version.
49
Xbox 360XBox Evolved
When Gauntlet hit the arcades in 1985 it was an addictive experience that showed how well multiplayer could work, using a sort of action role-playing type format. Since then, many other versions of the game have hit the arcade but they were never to far from the original that which they spawned. Basically, in the game you can be a elf, or a knight, or some other character and you travel through maze areas, fighting off hordes upon hordes of monsters that come your way. It is pretty effective, and all you need to know how to do is move, and press A to fire magic at them. Even neater is you can play the game with people online, and not just people in your living room. Each of the characters to choose from have certain attributes that make them better or worse at a task, so you have a bit more variety.
40
Xbox 360Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Excluding blind nostalgia, the tremendous variety of Live Arcade games sends Gauntlet to the bottom of the quality list. Four-player Xbox Live play is fun in short bursts, but wears thin when the basic, simplistic, and cheap gameplay shows through. It's hardly worth the effort anymore.
30
Xbox 360Wham! gaming
Ugh….this game may hold some retro appeal for a very few certain fans, but it just doesn’t hold up like the other arcade games do years later on the 360.
30
Xbox 360Wham! gaming
Ugh….this game may hold some retro appeal for a very few certain fans, but it just doesn’t hold up like the other arcade games do years later on the 360.
0
Atari 8-bitThe Video Game Critic
This couldn't hold a candle to the frenetic dungeon-shooting action of the original game. Your projectiles move remarkably slowly, making it impossible to keep the hordes of pixilated demons at bay. And then you have the putrid audio track. Calling the sound effects sparse would be an understatement. If not for some mono-tones and static, you'd being playing in complete silence. The arcade version of Gauntlet may have been a demanding game, but I find it hard to believe that this was the best the XE could do with it. Mindscape had a lot of balls to release this garbage. I'm sure it completely disgusted many gamers back in the day.