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DOS - 1988

Also available on: Mac - Amstrad CPC - Apple II - Apple IIgs - Atari 8-bit - Atari ST - Commodore 64 - MSX - SEGA Master System

Alt names 圣铠传说, Dungeons
Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Fantasy
Publisher Mindscape, Inc.
Developer Atari Games Corporation
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.70
4.91 / 5 - 34 votes

Description of Gauntlet

MobyGames entry says it all about one of the most celebrated arcade games of all time:

Gauntlet, the original arcade smash hit, is fighting game where you choose a character a let rip into the hordes of enemies that assault you on you way to the end of the level. It featured a choice of four characters to play with, each with different weapons. Thor the Warrior, with his bludgeoning battle axe. Thyra the Valkyrie, with her close range sword. Questor the Elf, with his long range bow. And Merlin the Wizard with his magical bolts.

You (and another player) must make your way through 100 levels of mayhem and magic. Ghosts, goblins and even the life draining Death are your enemies. They stream out of generators. Destroy the generators first before tackling the rest. Find keys to help you progress to the exit. Battle your way past ghosts, ghouls and a wide variety of evil monsters using magic and potions, as you desperately try to escape before your health runs out.

Look for scattered magic potions. These act like smart bombs and clear the screen of all enemies. Beware of poison though. Treasure is abundant throughout the levels and adds to your score. [This download] is a faithful conversion of the classic multi-player arcade hit. Both graphics and sound here are delightful and once you get into this game, many, many hours can be lost!

Definitely one of the best multiplayer games ever made, and a great action/RPG combination that is a must-have for ever arcade fan's collection. Highly recommended!

Review By HOTUD

Gauntlet has an addon available: Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons, don't miss it!

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Comments and reviews

Crossman 2023-01-14 -1 point DOS version

Meh, I don't see the attraction, it's just an endless array of monsters coming at you from all directions. I never got into it when it came out and I still don't get what all the hoopla is all about LMAO

larry 2021-05-23 0 point

"rpg elements" should be added to "theme" section.

Mr Vampire 2019-02-07 1 point Commodore 64 version

Played this to death with friends (and solo). 512 dungeons, saw them all! In two player you can resurrect so long as the other player is alive.

Bones 2018-08-27 0 point

I played the game in the 80s

Ardiana 2017-06-25 1 point

Me too. It was a top down pixelated arcade game for at least two player. There as an archer dude that was blue, he had many hundreds of ammunition. You could dig through the "ground " tiles and the screen was scrolling as you walked through. It's not any of the Gauntlet versions and Amiga folks I've talked to don't know it.

Oldmankidd 2017-04-14 0 point

I remember playing this on the Amstrad, I remember that if you held down all keys on the keyboard as it was booting up - you would get a different coloured screen at the start - cant remember what that did - maybe more lives.

Lastly if you could never find the exit - just wait - all the walls turn into exits. Possible to skip through the game doing this.

Wolfman_11 2017-03-23 1 point Commodore 64 version

I had to put a fan on my 1541 disk drive to keep it from overheating while binge playing Gauntlet!

Kyle 2016-09-29 -2 points

the c64 version was far better. Trust me

LRGPNS 2015-10-03 0 point

To respond to a comment from years ago, a game similar to Gauntlet but with darker tones might be Mageslayer, or possibly Alien Breed if it wasn't necessarily a fantasy game.

miguejd 2015-08-27 4 points DOS version

Go to "DOSBox 0.74 Options" or "dosbox.config", then find the expression "machine=svga_s3" and replace by "machine=ega".

Derp 2015-01-07 4 points DOS version

Starting the game with dosbox works fine, but after picking a character the screen goes black and does nothing anymore. Like it's failing to load the levels etc.

Anyone got this to work?

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-21 4 points DOS version

All together now:


4D 2011-12-19 0 point DOS version

Dudes.. i've played a game similiar to Gauntlet, but I cant find... it had darker tones

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