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|Publisher(s) of original games: Atari Games|
|Developer(s) of original games: Atari Games|
|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Original system(s): Arcade Boards|
|Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play, Team Player|
|Genre: Action, RPG (JP box says both; Sega of Japan master list only says Action)|
|Number of players: 1-4|
Gauntlet (ガントレット) is a 1985 arcade game by Atari Games. In 1993, subsidiary Tengen published an expanded remake on the Sega Mega Drive, calling it Gauntlet in Japan and Gauntlet IV elsewhere. This remake was developed by M2.
In the game's world, adventurers are people who go out to solve mysteries through adventure, turning the mysteries into legends. One mystery remains, called "The mystery protected by the old castle towers." These towers — representing the elements fire, earth, wind, and water — are enchanted with a curse which you, the adventurer willing to unravel the mystery, must break to enter the castle and find the rumored treasure inside.
shoots your weapon, which will go to the edge of the screen unless it hits something. will open the pause menu, which cycles between status, equipment, items, and password for continuing later with the D-pad. uses a magic potion, collected during the course of the game. Holding and pressing "inserts a coin", adding health to the current player and decreasing the global credit (coin) count (both of which are configurable in the Options screen).
Gauntlet IV was marketed as being the first Mega Drive game to support both Sega's Team Player and Electronic Arts' 4 Way Play peripherals. Tengen may have also been working on their own four-player add-on during the game's development.
Gauntlet IV contains the original up-to-four-players arcade mode as well as three new modes:
These new modes are accompanied by new music composed by Masaharu Iwata and Hitoshi Sakimoto.
Credits are split into two screens — the first screen (presumably) has the original arcade version credits:
The second screen has the Mega Drive conversion credits:
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| Based on|
|Mega Drive, AU|