Made by: Atari Games, U.S. Gold
Country of origin: USA
Category: Video Games
Gauntlet was a classic arcade game. The version shown in the photos is the ZX Spectrum home computer version, but it is the arcade version that I think of when I think of Gauntlet. It was a cool stand up cabinet, allowing up to 4 players to play as the roles of the Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie or Elf. It was one of those games that was so much better as multi-player. The screen wouldn’t scroll if one of your comrades was too far behind. So it was so frustrating, and often hilarious, when one person got stuck in a maze and couldn’t find the way out to allow the other players to advance.
Sound was also a big part of this game. Not just the music and sound of the Exit, but the voices which were still pretty ground-breaking at the time. “Warrior needs food badly”. “Warrior is about to die”. And I can still remember the fear when you see Death and desperately try to avoid his outstretched hand. A classic game.