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Gauntlet SMS title screen.png
Publisher: U.S. Gold
System(s): Sega Master System
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
£24.99[1] 25006-50
Sega Master System
?F 25006-50
Sega Master System
DM ? 25006-50
Sega Master System
?Ptas 25006-50
Sega Master System
$? ?
Sega Master System
R$? 023130

Gauntlet is a 1985 arcade game developed by Atari Games. A port to the Sega Master System developed by Tiertex Design Studios and published by U.S. Gold was released in 1990 in Europe only. The arcade game allowed up to four players, but like many home conversions the Sega Master System version only allows up to two players.

Tengen announced a Sega Mega Drive version for release in 1992, going so far as to create prototypes its own four-player adapters, set to be included with the game[2]. Instead they jumped to Gauntlet IV, making it compatible with both Sega's Team Player and Electronic Arts' 4 Way Play accessories.


Gauntlet combines arcade-style gameplay with the theme and dungeon-crawling action of pen and paper role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons. The players fight their way through many floors of an enormous dungeon, both cooperating to kill enemies and competing to collect gold and upgrades.

Players can choose from among four characters (Thor the Warrior, Thyra the Valkyrie, Merlin the Wizard or Questor the Elf). Each has their own unique visual appearance and various strengths and weaknesses (for example, Merlin excels at magic but his hand-to-hand attacks are weak).



The game's huge success in the arcades led to a large number of home ports and various sequels, but the series didn't return to Sega systems until the Sega Mega Drive-exclusive Gauntlet IV in 1993; unlike the first game, Gauntlet IV was released in the US and Japan as well as Europe.

Magazine articles

Main article: Gauntlet/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SegaPower UK 13.pdf

Print advert in

Sega Power (UK) #13: "December 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #109: "December 1990" (1990-11-16)[3]

  • Sega Power (UK) #14: "January 1991" (199x-xx-xx)[4]

  • Raze (UK) #3: "January 1991" (1990-11-29)[5]

ConsolesPlus FR 001.pdf

Print advert in

Consoles + (FR) #1: "Septembre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:

  • Joystick (FR) #20: "Octobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[6]

CVG UK 119.pdf

Print advert in

Computer & Video Games (UK) #119: "October 1991" (1991-09-15)

CVG UK 121.pdf

Print advert in

Computer & Video Games (UK) #121: "December 1991" (1991-11-15)

Gamers DE 1992-01.pdf

Print advert in

Gamers (DE) #1/92: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

K IT 25.pdf

IT print advert in

K (IT) #25: "Febbraio 1991" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №37, p87[1]
96 №2, p14/15
90 №4, p97[7]
92 №110, p120/121[8]
60 №0, p17[9]
88 №1, p86[10]
79 №15, p107[11]
80 №2/37
92 №1, p58-60[12]
78 №8, p39[13]
64 №3, p39[14]
87 №12, p12/13
80 №23, p56
83 №3, p19[15]
80 Sega Pro
77 №17, p88
Sega Master System
Based on
16 reviews

Master System, EU
Gauntlet-SMS-EU cover.jpg
Gauntlet SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, AU

Master System, BR
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Gauntlet SMS BR Cart.jpg