Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Run the Gauntlet

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Description

Competitors in this ITV television game show had to show their prowess on a range of vehicles including Buggys, Speedboats, Quad Bikes, Jetskis and Inflatables. Players of this licensed version must do the same, on horizontally and vertically scrolling levels on land and water. Many levels include enemy droids as well as inbuilt hazards, all of which must be avoided. The main unique event is The Hill, an assault course which takes place on foot.

Up to three human players can take turns to contest the various events. The exact sequence of events is randomized each time, which makes the loading from cassette potentially slow and frustrating

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Run the Gauntlet ZX Spectrum Jumping a hill
Run the Gauntlet ZX Spectrum Smile for the camera
Run the Gauntlet Commodore 64 The next segment of this event
Run the Gauntlet Atari ST Event information

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The Press Says

CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1989 69 out of 100 69
Power Play Commodore 64 May, 1989 65 out of 100 65
Amiga Computing Amiga Aug, 1989 43 out of 100 43

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Trivia

Amiga version

The Amiga version had a sample of the show's presenter Martin Shaw's introduction, promising "some real action sports" followed by a big belly laugh. Amiga Power magazine suggested that the chortle was worth at least £7, but the game wasn't worth the other 99p of the price at that time.

Cancelled Konix port

A port was in development for the never released British Konix console.
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