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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 Xbox 360 Yikes! Could use a magic potion to take care of all of those ghosts...
Gauntlet Xbox 360 The main menu
Gauntlet Xbox 360 Fighting ghosts on an easy level
Gauntlet Xbox 360 Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "圣铠传说" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Dungeons" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

Retro Gamer Feb, 2006 76 out of 100 76
TalkXbox Feb 12, 2006 75 out of 100 75
Gaming Target Jan 26, 2006 7.1 out of 10 71
GamesRadar Apr 01, 2006 7 out of 10 70 Jan 26, 2006 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Nov 23, 2005 6.7 out of 10 67
IGN Dec 01, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Game Chronicles Mar 04, 2006 6 out of 10 60
XBox Evolved Nov 17, 2005 4.9 out of 10 49
Wham! gaming Jan 25, 2006 3 out of 10 30


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  • 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.
  • Tony Porter and Kevin Bulmer - programmer and graphic artist of Spectrum, Amstrad, MSX and Master System conversions - had no support from Atari at coding level. No source code was presented until they had completed the games. They worked everything out by playing the arcade version which they had in the office and could play for free.

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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Kabushi (232609) added Gauntlet (Xbox 360) on Jul 05, 2006
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