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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 Three races
Run the Gauntlet Amstrad CPC Pick your team.
Run the Gauntlet Amstrad CPC Loading screen.
Run the Gauntlet Amstrad CPC Supercats.

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The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum May, 1989 83 out of 100 83
CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 May, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1989 69 out of 100 69
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jun, 1989 677 out of 1000 68
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.
Contributed to by piltdown_man (71722) and Martin Smith (63160)