Gauntlet, Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 conversion of Atari‘s classic arcade game, Gauntlet, was handled by Gremlin Graphics and was published by US Gold in 1987. It plays fast and is furious fun – just like the original – and looks good; even if the graphics are a little on the chunky side.

Players can choose between four different characters (Thor the Warrior, Questor the Elf, Chyra the Valkyrie, and Merlin the Wizard), each with their own strength and weaknesses, and must fight their way through 100 increasingly difficult mazes. As the game progresses, more difficult monsters start appearing out of ‘generators’ and swarm the player(s) while trying to kill them. Keys must be collected to open locked gates, food and drink can be collected to top up your ever-decreasing energy levels, and potions can be used to kill otherwise indestructible vampires. Later levels see the introduction of warp tiles, switches that remove certain walls (unleashing hoards of monsters onto you), and other new features. The introductory screen before each level tells you what’s new.

The C64 version of Gauntlet is arguably the best 8-bit version available and is still good to play nowadays, for one or two players. It’s stood the test of time well.

More: Gauntlet on Wikipedia

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