A good example for how desparately we Atari fans were looking for the big C64 hits that sparsely made it to the Atari 800. This conversion is really really bad as many half-assed conversions of popular game titles were for the Atari. The controls are lazy, the collision detection is a bad joke and even the title graphics are poor regarding color. But the biggest downside is undoubtedly the load time from cassette, that's 37 mins (!) until you have control of your character. But hey: It's Gauntlet and so it sold well. A must have for any collector for putting it in the shelf and playing the light years better spin-off Storm afterwards.
I remember this being a huge hit in the arcades and being enthralled watching people play it, pumping in more coins to keep on going, so a home version seemed promising thanks to it's multiplayer capabilities. Unfortunately, this was a thorn in my side because I could only play with my brother and he and I could never agree on anything other than the time and even then it would be with reservations, so you need not guess the screaming matches the pair of us had trying to play this as he would try and do his own thing whilst screaming at me demanding to know why I was doing what I was doing and vice versa. It got so bad, our Mum banned us from playing it!
Troy McClure - 02/08/2012
The copyright date is based on the arcade release. The actual UK Atari 8bit release was most likely in 1987 - there is a review in AtariUser 26 (June 1987) and there was also a preview earlier that year.
I used to play this with my brother a lot, but I think I liked it more than me. For some reason it just got tedious a little too quickly.
Hard to support a game that was a rip off of an earlier game Dandy (and they didn't pay the original concept designer). Still a good game but doesn't hold its own over the years like its sibling games for Atari (e.g., Spare Change).
This has a 1985 copyright date and came out in the US either that year or the next.
Andrew Bernstein - 20/09/2006
Gauntled for the XL/XE was probably the only game actually funded by the European label US Gold for the venerable Atari platform. Sure, the development was done by Gremlin Graphics but the financing was on the publishing side of things as it was an 'expensive' franchise to produce (in comparison, Gremlin only produced non franchise games like Trailblazer or Footballer Of The Year). The same kind of publisher / development house collaboration took place again with the terrific Star Wars conversion done by Zeppelin Games on the behalf of Domark.
a great game in its time, predecessor to dungeon master. Another one I used to play great double games with my sister for hours and hours.
|Other versions with the same title:
Mindscape, US Gold.
Many thanks to Bernhard for the tape image!