Wednesday, October 28, 2015


This is an arcade masterpiece with a design that is simple, yet genius! A combination of dungeon crawler mixed in with a kill-em-all mentality for an unstoppable multiplayer experience which 1-4 gamers can enjoy hacking and slashing their way through its underground of hell. And going to hell is always best with friends!

Gauntlet offers you the opportunity to be one of four groovy heroes: a Warrior, Elf, Wizard, Valkyrie and each have their own characteristics for strength and battling the nasties. I personally go straight for the Warrior because he's bound to be the Samson of the group, and thankfully there is no Delilah. Each character needs to be fed, so don't be doing anything daft like shooting food which will have a serious effect on your health.

The object of Gauntlet is simple - kill and escape. Trapped in a 100-level creepy dungeon and everything lurking inside wants to eat you. So it's up to you (and any potential co-op players) to kill everything and find the exit in order to ultimately escape the hellish catacombs. Keys are littered everywhere which unlock access to restricted areas and you shall also note the booty which is conveniently left for you, collect them for extra points.

The monsters are some of the most varied I've ever seen, we have ghosts, demons, grunts, lobbers (I hate those!) and much more. They all have their own evil attributes and almost all born from a generator - so destroy those first to cease the onslaught of hatred against you. Finally, Death is here and he's almost impossible to kill so try to avoid him wherever possible. Which brings me to the magical potions you can discover also scattered about each level. By collecting these your chance of survival is greatly improved and will certainly help during an encounter with Mr Death. Hint: do not assume he is a single individual making a single appearance! Be wise and use only when needed.

Stop whatever you're doing and download this via Klaz' Hideaway (both hard drive and floppy versions) and it also supports faster Atari computers for even better framerates!! Gauntlet for the Atari ST is pure gaming gold. 10/10

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