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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


Run the Gauntlet ZX Spectrum Team scoreboard
Run the Gauntlet ZX Spectrum Buggys ready
Run the Gauntlet ZX Spectrum Ready for Speedboats
Run the Gauntlet ZX Spectrum Jumping a hill

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Crash! Mar, 1989 90 out of 100 90
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1989 83 out of 100 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jun, 1989 677 out of 1000 68


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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.
Martin Smith (66852) added Run the Gauntlet (ZX Spectrum) on Feb 07, 2005
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