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Encyclopedia > Gauntlet (arcade game)
Gauntlet
Image:Gauntlet game flyer.png
Developer(s) Atari Games
Publisher(s) Atari Games, U.S. Gold
Designer(s) Ed Logg
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date 1985, 1988, 1993
Genre(s) Hack and slash
Mode(s) Up to 4 players simultaneously
Rating(s) OFLC: G
Input methods Joystick, 2 buttons
Cabinet Custom upright
Display Raster, standard resolution (Used: 336 x 240)

Gauntlet is a 1985 arcade game by Atari Games. Gauntlet is a fantasy-themed hack and slash arcade game which can be played by one to four players simultaneously, unique for arcade games of its day. Released during the emergence of popularity of role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, the game was a sensation, being the one of the first true dungeon crawl arcade games. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Atari Games was an American producer of arcade games, and originally part of Atari Inc. ... This article is about a video game company. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Ed Logg was a co-developer of the video game Asteroids, with Lyle Rains. ... In computing, a platform describes some sort of framework, either in hardware or software, which allows software to run. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... 1985 1985 in games 1984 in video gaming 1986 in video gaming Notable events of 1985 in video gaming. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Further information: Game classification Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay interaction. ... HACK/slash is the name of a graphic novel from Devils Due Publishing. ... A video game content rating system is a system used for the classification of video games into suitability-related groups. ... The Office of Film and Literature Classification is a statutory censorship and classification body which provides day to day administrative support for the Classification Board which classified films, video games and publications in Australia, and the Classification Review Board which reviews films, computer games and publications when a valid application... For other uses, see Joystick (disambiguation). ... Imagine the smiley face in the top left corner as an RGB bitmap image. ... 1985 1985 in games 1984 in video gaming 1986 in video gaming Notable events of 1985 in video gaming. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Atari Games was an American producer of arcade games, and originally part of Atari Inc. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... HACK/slash is the name of a graphic novel from Devils Due Publishing. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... This article is about the role-playing game. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

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Controversy on origins

Controversy came after the release of this game in the arcade and its subsequent port to the Nintendo NES system. Ed Logg, the creator of Asteroids and Centipede is credited for Original Game Design of Gauntlet in the arcade version, as well as the 1987 NES release version. After its release, John Palevich threatened a lawsuit, asserting that the original concept for the game was from Dandy (later Dandy Dungeon), a game for the Atari 800 computer written by Palevich in 1983. The conflict was settled without any suit being filed, with Atari Games doing business as Tengen allegedly awarding Palevich a Gauntlet game machine.[1] Logg is taken off this credit in versions subsequent to the 1987 NES release. While he is credited as "special thanks" through 1986, his name is entirely removed from credits on later releases.[2] Logg currently claims no involvement in any of the Gauntlet series.[3] The game Dandy which was the basis for the threatened lawsuit was later reworked by Atari and re-published for the Atari 2600, Atari 7800 and Atari XE as Dark Chambers in 1988[4], subsequent to the release of Gauntlet II in 1987. For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... “NES” redirects here. ... Ed Logg was a co-developer of the video game Asteroids, with Lyle Rains. ... Asteroids is a vector-based video arcade game released in 1979 by Atari Inc. ... Centipede is a vertically-oriented shoot em up arcade game produced by Atari in 1980. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... “NES” redirects here. ... Dandy, or Dandy Dungeon in some versions, is a dungeon crawl computer game for the Atari 8-bit computers. ... Atari built a series of 8-bit home computers based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU, starting in 1979. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Atari Games was an American producer of arcade games, and originally part of Atari Inc. ... Tengen was a video game publisher and developer that was created after the video game crash of 1983-1984 by Atari Games. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, is the video game console credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. ... The Atari 7800 is a video game console released by Atari in June 1986 (a test market release occurred two years earlier). ... An Atari 800XL, one of the most popular machines in the series. ... Dandy, or Dandy Dungeon in some versions, is a dungeon crawl computer game for the Atari 8-bit computers. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... For the TV show, see Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet II. Gauntlet II is the 1986 sequel to the game Gauntlet which was released the previous year. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


Gameplay

Gameplay of Gauntlet.
Gameplay of Gauntlet.

A player may control either Thor the Warrior, Merlin the Wizard, Thyra the Valkyrie or Questor the Elf. The hero being controlled is dictated by the player's position on the cabinet. (There is only one of each hero.) Each hero has a unique specialty/advantage: The Warrior is strongest in hand-to-hand combat, the Wizard has the strongest magic, the Valkyrie has the greatest armour and the Elf is the fastest in movement. Image File history File links Screenshot from the game Gauntlet (arcade game) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Image File history File links Screenshot from the game Gauntlet (arcade game) This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... For other uses, see Thor (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Warrior (disambiguation). ... Merlin dictating his poems, as illustrated in a French book from the 13th century For other uses, see Merlin (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Valkyries Vigil, by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Robert Hughes. ... Read psychedelic section for amazing info! on the experiments of real elves good for school projects This article is about the small mythical creature, for the 2003 film, see Elf (film). ...


Players must cooperate to traverse the perils of a dungeon via a top-down view. The game has no actual goal. The only way to stop playing is to either die, or wait for the health timer to go down to zero. The NES version does, however, have an end (after 100 levels). The dungeons of Blarney Castle. ...


The players traverse the dungeon levels controlling their assigned heroes, attacking monsters and collecting treasure, food, and potions. The monsters of the first Gauntlet game included ghosts, grunts, demons, lobbers, sorcerers, and thieves. Each kind of monster was generated in specific houses spread in each level. A special enemy, "Death", was able to drain the life force of the four heroes. The players must cooperate by sharing food and luring monsters into places where they can be engaged and slaughtered more conveniently. The heroes continuously lose health during gameplay, regardless of what they are doing — even if they are just standing still. Heroes lose even more health when attacked by monsters. Besides finding food in the dungeon, players can add health by depositing more coins. Hence, Gauntlet was notorious for being a money gobbler when it first appeared, since players desperately shoved in handfuls of coins in order to avoid being ejected from the game and sometimes waiting hours in line in order to play again. This article is about the legendary creature. ... A Western depiction of Death as a skeleton carrying a scythe. ...


One of the game's features was the narrator's voice. He would frequently make statements repeating the game's rules, including: "Shots do not hurt other players (yet)," "Remember, don't shoot food!" and "Warrior needs food badly!" Occasionally, the narrator would encourage (or mock) the players in the thick of battle by saying, "I've not seen such bravery!" or "Let's see you get out of here!" A memorable statement of the game occurred when a player's "life force" points fell below 200: "Your life force is running out" or "Valkyrie...is about to die!" Some of the game's statements are humorously ambiguous due to limited memory, such as "You are full of bombs and/or keys." The Narrator is the entity within a story that tells the story to the reader. ...


Due to the fact that Gauntlet was designed for up to four players, the cabinet is wider than other standard uprights. Each player had a joystick and two buttons, one for "Fire" (to attack) and one for "Magic". The Magic button also started the game. After Gauntlet's release, other games started using this design, so it was a popular conversion target for newer games after it had its run. For other uses, see Joystick (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ...


Impact

The historic influence of Gauntlet can be seen in later dungeon crawler games such as Cadash, Dungeon Explorer, Dark Seal, and Diablo. Though by no means was Gauntlet the only influence on these games, it clearly left a mark on them. For Atari ST and Amiga, a direct Gauntlet clone called Garrison was produced. Cadash is a hybrid RPG/platform arcade game, released by Taito in 1989. ... Dungeon Explorer is an action/role-playing game released for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1989. ... Diablo is a dark fantasy-themed hack and slash action role-playing game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on January 2, 1997. ... The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... This article is about the family of home computers. ...


Gauntlet also has a place in pop culture (specifically '80s video gaming culture). Quotes from the voiceover announcer such as "Wizard needs food badly!", "Valkyrie shot the potion!" and "Elf shot the food!" are some lines from the game that became popular with video arcade patrons and later with nostalgic Internet users, similar to all your base are belong to us or the dog from Duck Hunt. Because of this popularity and the designers' nostalgia for the older games, such lines have been included in the more modern Gauntlet sequels. Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... arcade, see Arcade. ... The phrase is a piece of subtitled dialogue from the introduction to Zero Wing. ... This is about the video game. ...


The line "Elf needs food badly!" was named the third best game line ever in the January 2002 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly. Electronic Gaming Monthly (often abbreviated to EGM) is an American video game magazine. ...


When playing as a Wizard role or Elf race in NetHack, if the player becomes weak from hunger, the game displays the message, "Wizard needs food, badly!" or "Elf needs food, badly!" respectively. This article is about the role-playing game. ...


Cheats

There are many cheats for Gauntlet. While this article doesn't provide an exhaustive list, one example is if the player's character remains inactive for about 28 health ticks (exact amount differs across the various Atari revisions), all the doors in the level disappear.


Another example is that if the character remains inactive for around 188 health ticks, all the walls will turn into exits. This particular trick was intentionally put in place because when playing with multiple players, it was sometimes possible to become permanently stuck.


Ports

Gauntlet on the NES
Gauntlet on the NES
Gauntlet on the ZX Spectrum
Gauntlet on the ZX Spectrum

Due to its phenomenal success in the arcades, Gauntlet was ported to several home systems of the day. These platforms include DOS, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, NES, Atari Lynx, Amiga, Sega Master System, Mega Drive/Genesis (as Gauntlet 4), Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum, among others. More recently, an emulated version of Gauntlet was included in Midway Arcade Treasures; a compilation of arcade games available for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles and Windows. For some machines, only Gauntlet II was converted, since it was considered to be more advanced than the first game in series. In 1990, even the original Game Boy received a version of Gauntlet II. 16-bit conversions (Amiga, Atari ST & Mega Drive/Genesis) had similar sound and graphics as the original game. Image File history File links screenshot Nintendo Entertainment System Gauntlet by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... Image File history File links screenshot Nintendo Entertainment System Gauntlet by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... “NES” redirects here. ... Image File history File links Gauntlet_Spectrum. ... Image File history File links Gauntlet_Spectrum. ... The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... arcade, see Arcade. ... This article is about the family of closely related operating systems for the IBM PC compatible platform. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... Atari built a series of 8-bit home computers based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU, starting in 1979. ... “NES” redirects here. ... The Lynx was a handheld game console released by Atari in 1989. ... This article is about the family of home computers. ... The Sega Master System ) or SMS for short (1986 - 2000), is an 8-bit cartridge-based video game console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... C-64 redirects here. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... Midway Arcade Treasures is a collection of 24 arcade games developed by Digital Eclipse and released by Midway for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. A second collection, Midway Arcade Treasures 2, was released for the same consoles in October 2004 and a third console compilation, Midway Arcade Treasures... The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... PS2 redirects here. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... Windows redirects here. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ...


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Gauntlet was recently released for the Game Boy Advance on one of DSI Games two packs, alongside Rampart. In addition, Gauntlet and Gauntlet II are among the emulated games that can be found in Midway Arcade Treasures 1 and 2, respectively, for various modern console systems. “GBA” redirects here. ... Rampart is an arcade game, released in 1990 by Atari Games, combining the shoot-em-up and puzzle genres. ... This article is about emulation in computer science. ... Midway Arcade Treasures is a collection of 24 arcade games developed by Digital Eclipse and released by Midway for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. A second collection, Midway Arcade Treasures 2, was released for the same consoles in October 2004 and a third console compilation, Midway Arcade Treasures... Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is the second collection of classic arcade games published by Midway for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. ...


Gauntlet is available for download over Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade service as of the launch of the Xbox 360. It was released at the same time on the original Xbox's Xbox Live Arcade service. Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) is an online service operated by Microsoft that is used to distribute video games to Xbox and Xbox 360 owners and from late 2007 to Games for Windows - Live users [1]. The service was first launched in late 2004 and offers games from about US$5... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ...


Gauntlet II is available for download over Playstation 3's Playstation Store service. The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... PlayStation Store (PS Store) is Sonys PlayStation Network online shopping service provided for use with either its PlayStation 3 video game console or a Personal Computer. ...


Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons

Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons
Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons

Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons is an expansion pack for the original ports of Gauntlet with 512 new levels and required the original program. It was released in 1987 by the British company U.S. Gold in the UK and Europe, and Mindscape in the USA. It was released for Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. [5] It was developed by Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd. This article is about a video game company. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Mindscape is an international software publishing company, previously part of The Learning Company. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... C-64 redirects here. ... The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... Gremlin Interactive was a British software house based in Sheffield and working mostly on the personal computer and Amiga market. ...


Many of its levels were entries in a competition throughout Europe in which only ten winners were awarded prizes, "A Gauntlet T-Shirt and a copy of the program for their computers."[6] The contest was announced in the instructions of many of the ported games: "In early 1987, U.S. Gold will release an expansion cassette for Gauntlet containing hundreds of new levels and treasure rooms. You can have the chance to have your own maze included on this tape!"[7] The levels are presented randomly and its artwork is the side panel artwork of the arcade cabinet with only the main characters shown. The enemies were removed from the image and replaced with a pink background.


Different games with the single title Gauntlet

  • Main article: Gauntlet (NES)

The NES version was a departure from the arcade, keeping only the basic game formula and cast of characters. 100 entirely new levels were constructed for this version, which added a definite quest; the goal was to retrieve the "Sacred Orb" located in the 100th level, which could only be accessed by collecting portions of a password hidden in certain "clue rooms" scattered throughout the first 99 levels. Power-up attributes that granted extra shot power and faster speed could be carried over from level to level, and a password system allowed the player to save their character's progress. The NES Gauntlet was one of only three Tengen cartridges to be released as officially-licensed Nintendo cartridges (the others being Pac-Man and RBI Baseball); it was later re-released as an unlicensed game following Tengen's split from Nintendo. A password is a form of secret authentication data that is used to control access to a resource. ... Tengen was a video game publisher and developer that was created after the video game crash of 1983-1984 by Atari Games. ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ... RBI Baseball (Run Batted In Baseball) is a baseball video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. ...


The Sega Genesis version, which was titled Gauntlet in Japan and released in North America and Europe as Gauntlet IV, features a totally original soundtrack and three new game modes in addition to an Arcade Mode which is a port of the original game: North American redirects here. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

  • Quest Mode - A story mode where the player must defeat the four towers and solve the mystery of the ancient castle; weapons can be bought with collected gold from merchants in the main hub area, where one can also choose which tower to take on next. The player can gain experience points to increase their character's stats and passwords can be used to continue.
  • Battle Mode - Where multiple players fight against each other to the death. Maps can include teleporters/monsters/items etc. Players who go into exits are eliminated from the round.
  • Record Mode - A single-player variation of the Arcade Mode with some variations such as using passwords to continue. The player's character cannot die in this mode, although points will be subtracted for every 500 health points lost.

References

  1. ^ Dark Chambers, ATARI PROTOS.com, <http://www.atariprotos.com/7800/software/darkchambers/darkchambers.htm>. Retrieved on 11 September 2007 
  2. ^ Gauntlet Credits, Moby Games, <http://www.mobygames.com/game/gauntlet/credits>. Retrieved on 11 September 2007 
  3. ^ Tetris Forever, ', <http://www.atarihq.com/tsr/special/el/el.html>. Retrieved on 11 September 2007 
  4. ^ Vendel, Curt. The Atari 65XEM (AMY Sound Processor). Retrieved on 2007-06-05.
  5. ^ Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons at MobyGames
  6. ^ Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons instructions.
  7. ^ Original Gauntlet cassette tape version instructions released by U.S. Gold.

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External links

MobyGames is a website devoted to cataloging computer and video games, both past and present. ... The Killer List of Videogames (otherwise known simply as KLOV, pronounced Kay-El-Oh-Vee) is a website devoted to cataloging arcade games past and present. ... World of Spectrum is a website devoted to cataloging and archiving material for the ZX Spectrum home computer pupular in the 1980s. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... For the TV show, see Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet II. Gauntlet II is the 1986 sequel to the game Gauntlet which was released the previous year. ... Gauntlet is a 1985 arcade game by Atari Games. ... Gauntlet Legends is an arcade game released in 1998 by Atari Games. ... Gauntlet Dark Legacy, released in arcades in 1999 and in 2001 for Playstation 2 and the following year for Game Boy Advance, GameCube and Xbox, is an expansion of the previous title in the series, Gauntlet Legends. ...

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