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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 DOS Starting a new game (EGA)
Gauntlet Amstrad CPC Uh oh, I'm surrounded!
Gauntlet Amstrad CPC Fighting some grunts in this maze...
Gauntlet Xbox 360 Yikes! Could use a magic potion to take care of all of those ghosts...

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Alternate Titles

  • "圣铠传说" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Dungeons" -- Working title

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User Reviews

One of the most addictive games ever, and a downright excellent arcade conversion. DOS Tomer Gabel (4646)
OH YES! The Arcade classic comes to the C-64 Personal Computer! Commodore 64 XplOrOrOr (16)

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Feb, 1987 92 out of 100 92
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC 1987 84 out of 100 84
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 23, 2005 6.7 out of 10 67
Video Games SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 66 out of 100 66
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Mar 04, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Retro Archives Amstrad CPC Oct 13, 2017 12 out of 20 60
airgamer J2ME Feb 05, 2005 56 out of 100 56
Retro Archives Apple II Oct 13, 2017 4 out of 20 20
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari ST Apr, 1988 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

Development

Atari arcade programmer Ed Logg wanted to do a Dungeons&Dragons arcade game because his son was a D&D fan. Logg didn't know how to take D&D into an arcade game format, until he was inspired by the game Dandy on Atari 800.

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

  • Commodore Format
    • March 1991 (Issue 6) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • 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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