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Gauntlet - Arcade

Publisher:Atari  ?              No-Intro:N/A
Developer:Atari  ?              GoodName:N/A
Year:1985              TOSEC:N/A
Category:Maze              MAME:gauntlet
Controls:View              Commands:N/A
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Also on: Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, MSX 2, Nintendo Arcade Systems, Nintendo NES, Sega Master System, Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Series: Gauntlet II, Gauntlet Legends, Gauntlet Dark Legacy


In game image of Gauntlet on the Arcade.
In Game
Title screen of Gauntlet on the Arcade.
Title Screen
Printed Circuit Board for Gauntlet.
High Score Screen for Gauntlet.
High Score Screen
Arcade Cabinet for Gauntlet.
Arcade Cabinet Marquee for Gauntlet.
Arcade Control Panel for Gauntlet.
Control Panel
Advert for Gauntlet on the Arcade.
Game map for Gauntlet on the Arcade.
(Sinclair ZX Spectrum Version)

Gauntlet TV Commercial (Nintendo NES Version)

Gauntlet is a maze-based shoot-em-up for up to four players. Heavily influenced by classic fantasy conventions, players take on the role of either Thor the Warrior, Thyra the Valkyrie, Merlin the Wizard, or Questor the Elf, and must play cooperatively as they explore and fight their way through the enemy-packed mazes. Competitive play is encouraged as players must fight for the limited amount of food, treasure, magic potions and power-up items that litter the dungeons.

Each of Gauntlet's four characters possess different strengths and weaknesses: Thyra has great armour, Thor is best at hand-to-hand combat, Questor has the fastest speed, and Merlin has the best ability to use magic. The object of the game is simply to survive as long as possible while exploring Gauntlet's mazes in search of treasure, food, magic potions and ultimately, the exit that leads to the next dungeon.

The potions - shown as blue bottles - litter the levels offer either improved character abilities (such as 'speed' or 'extra shot power') or can be used as a 'smart bomb', destroying some or all of the on-screen monsters. Potions are also the only way to kill the game's 'Death' enemy that appears in many of the stages. Magic potions can be kept and used at the player's discretion by pressing 'Magic' button, although each potion can only be used once.

The first seven mazes are always the same, but from Level 8 onwards, players will find themselves on any one of over 100 different mazes. If a player survives long enough, the mazes will be repeated in a different order. How long a player lasts depends upon the player's 'health' level. Health continually depletes as time progresses and further health is lost by contact with various monsters or their projectiles. Health can be replenished by consuming the food found in the mazes or by inserting more credits. The many treasure chests that litter the levels can be plundered for points, and collecting treasure increases a player's score multiplier when two or more players are playing the game.

Game description from www.arcade-history.com

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