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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.


Gauntlet SEGA Master System You're dead.
Gauntlet SEGA Master System The future starts looking bleak...
Gauntlet SEGA Master System Title screen
Gauntlet SEGA Master System It's rather quiet for the moment.

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the SEGA Master System release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Mean Machines Oct, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Joystick (French) Apr, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Play Time May, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Sega Does Apr 03, 2017 B 75
Retro Archives Oct 13, 2017 13.5 out of 20 68
Video Games Mar, 1991 66 out of 100 66
Power Play Feb, 1991 63 out of 100 63
Games-X Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1990 6.2 out of 12 52


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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.


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).


  • 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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Terok Nor (26757) added Gauntlet (SEGA Master System) on Aug 24, 2004
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