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A port of the arcade game, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is the follow-up to Gauntlet: Legends and another installment in the long-running Gauntlet series of hack-and-slash action games. As with all the Gauntlet games, you play a medieval fantasy character who, along with allies if you have them, fights his or her way through hordes of evil creatures on the never ending quest for more gold and perhaps even an eventual goal.

This version contains the characters and levels from Gauntlet: Legends, plus the new characters and levels from the Dark Legacy arcade game, with a few extra levels thrown in.

There are eight characters to initially choose from: the mighty Warrior, the deadly Valkyrie, the quick-footed Archer, the powerful Wizard, the spellcasting Sorceress, the stalwart Knight, the valiant Dwarf, and the chaotic Jester. Although there are similarities between characters from the two games, each character looks and plays differently. In addition, there are eight alternative-modes for these characters to unlock, plus dozens of secret characters to obtain. With a multi-tap, up to four players can play, with rules governing how much they can hurt each other. Unlike the original Gauntlets, the levels you'll face take place in various terrain from forests to mountains to volcanic plains. Many of the monsters are familiar to old fans of the series, but there are some new blood among the ranks of evil, including some rather large foes.

Unlike the early Gauntlet arcade games, the camera angle varies from location to location, from bird's eye to nearly ground level. The lands, creatures, and heroes are all rendered in 3D. While the graphics have been upgraded, the game play is very similar. You basically run around levels, hacking at what seems like unlimited armies of monsters, searching for gold, keys, and health-giving well as a way out of the level. Bosses and other scripted events slow down the repetitious nature of the originals.

While levels can be gained and characters saved, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is an action game with some RPG trappings and should not be confused with the more true types from that genre.


Gauntlet: Dark Legacy GameCube in the tower, where you can choose a level to conquer
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy GameCube opening sequence
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy GameCube a map of the current level
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy GameCube beginning a level

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Alternate Titles

  • "ガントレット ダークレガシー" -- Japanese Spelling.

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Game Chronicles Xbox May 18, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 May 05, 2001 8.2 out of 10 82
GameZone PlayStation 2 May 16, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gamezilla PlayStation 2 Nov 08, 2001 79 out of 100 79
GameZone GameCube Mar 19, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Sep, 2002 59 out of 100 59
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Apr, 2002 55 out of 100 55
IGN GameCube Mar 11, 2002 5 out of 10 50
Gamekult PlayStation 2 Aug 02, 2001 5 out of 10 50
IGN Xbox Apr 23, 2002 4.9 out of 10 49


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