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Release year: 1988 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by TENGEN

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Gauntlet was developed by TENGEN and was released in NES in 1988. You can play with a buddy in co-op mode and you can choose which character type you want to play, each with strengths and weaknesses.

It’s not actually a true port of the hit arcade game. The basic gameplay remains the same but the NES version introduced new bosses, level-ups, and storylines. Is it a worthy port of a very popular arcade game or is it just another failure?

Gauntlet is basically an RPG so it’s mandatory for you to choose your character before you can play. Each hero has its own pros and cons. There’s the powerful and lumbering warrior, the speedy and agile elf, the all-around-warrior Valkyrie, and the weak wizard or magic-user. You level up the character by collecting treasures along the way. This is a lengthy and difficult game that you might not be able to finish in one sitting so NES added a password feature.

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Gauntlet Cover (NES)

Because of the NES’ graphics limitations at that time, there were sacrifices made when it was ported from the arcade release to the gaming console. Unfortunately, these sacrifices were what made the original game fun to play with. Gauntlet for NES was left with mediocre backgrounds and indistinct characters. But that doesn’t mean it has become unplayable. On the contrary, the game has smooth animation and sprite flickering is almost non-existent.

Music and sound effects on Gauntlet range from very little to none. Whatever was retained was mediocre at the very best. Even for NES standards, sound was very poor. It’s a far cry from its arcade counterpart. The arcade version was filled with impressive background music and crystal clear sound effects that you can hear each attack and grunt from all characters, both hero or foe. Sadly, those were non-existent in the NES port of the game.

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There are arcade games that are better left alone. This game is one of them. It’s an example of NES’ poor processing capabilities. There’s nothing in this game worth remembering except that it had a great arcade version.

Gauntlet game has been ported to Arcade (original), Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Apple Macintosh, Commodore 64, MSX, Master System, NES (this version), Genesis, ZX Spectrum, MS-DOS.

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