Gauntlet IV

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Gauntlet IV
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Tengen
Developer:
Licensor: Atari Games
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Atari Games
Developer(s) of original games: Atari Games
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play, Team Player
Genre: Action RPG[1], Action[2]

















Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥7,800 (8,034)7,800e[3] T-48123
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9554.95[4] T-48216
301067-0150
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-48216-50
301067-0170
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 120120[6] T-48216-50
301067-0170
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJSE0188
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[7][8] T-48216-50
301067-0170
Sega Mega Drive
AU

Gauntlet IV , released simply as Gauntlet (ガントレット) in Japan, is a 1993 Sega Mega Drive game published by Tengen and developed by M2. It serves as both, a port and a sequel to the 1985 arcade game Gauntlet by Atari Games, as it contains an Arcade Mode that faithfully reproduces the coin-op original, as well as three additional game modes, including an elaborate Quest Mode that features an actual storyline and implements RPG elements. The numbered title used for the versions released outside Japan was likely due to the existence of either, Gauntlet: The Third Encounter, an Atari Lynx game released in 1990, or Gauntlet III: The Final Quest, a European PC game released in 1991, both which were marketed as the third entry of the series, although neither were based on any arcade game (at the time Gauntlet II was the only arcade sequel to the original game).

It was the first game designed to support the Team Player, Sega's own 4-controller adapter for the Mega Drive, although it also supports the 4 Way Play.

Quest Mode Storyline

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.

Gameplay

B shoots your weapon, which will go to the edge of the screen unless it hits something. Start will open the pause menu, which cycles between status, equipment, items, and password for continuing later with the D-pad. C uses a magic potion, collected during the course of the game. Holding A and pressing Start "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[9].

Modes

Gauntlet IV contains the original up-to-four-players arcade mode as well as three new modes:

  • Quest Mode: where players fight through five towers full of Gauntlet gimmicks
  • Battle Mode: where two or more players compete to survive in either a Normal Battle, Equal Battle, or Password Battle
  • Record Mode: where players try to run through the original levels to see who can get through first

These new modes are accompanied by new music composed by Masaharu Iwata and Hitoshi Sakimoto.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Gauntlet IV Gauntlet IV
Japanese ガントレット Gauntlet

Production credits

Credits are split into two screens — the first screen (presumably) has the original arcade version credits:

  • Designer/Programmer: Ed Logg
  • Game Programmer: Bob Flanagan
  • Video Graphics: Sam Comstock, Susan G. McBride, Alan Murphy, Will Norble, Dave Pettigrew
  • Engineer: Pat McCarthy
  • Technician: Sae Oh, Cris Drobny
  • Sound Design: Hal Cannon, Earl Vickers
  • Cabinet Design: Ken Hata
  • Special Thanks To: Dave Theurer, Mike Albaugh, and many others


The second screen has the Mega Drive conversion credits:

  • Programmer: Tetsuya Abe
  • Graphic Converter: Masatoshi Kawasaki, Naoki Horii
  • Music Arrange & Compose: Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata
  • Test Player: Gorou Sumiyoshi
  • Adviser: Jun Amanai, Takahiro Takeda
  • Special Thanks to: Chris Ryu Tang, Kawachi, Kibu, Maruchika, and many others


Magazine articles

Main article: Gauntlet IV/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Gauntlet IV/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 №15, p40/41
83 №24, p58/59
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[10]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
73
[11]
Dengeki Mega Drive (JP) NTSC-J
81
[12]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
80
[13]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
60
[14]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
63
[15]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
76
[16]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
78
[17]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
74
[18]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
50
[19]
Joypad (FR) PAL
75
[20]
MAN!AC (DE)
80
[6]
Mega (UK) PAL
90
[21]
Mega Action (UK) PAL
88
[22]
Mega Force (FR)
82
[23]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
68
[24]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
94
[8]
Magazina Igrushek (RU)
30
[25]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
94
[26]
Player One (FR)
85
[27]
Sega Magazin (DE)
71
[28]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
73
[29]
Sega Force Mega (UK) PAL
78
[30]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
87
[31]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
78
[32]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
73
[33]
VideoGames Shopper (UK) PAL
79
[34]
Video Games (DE) PAL
83
[35]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
80
[36]
Sega Mega Drive
75
Based on
29 reviews

Gauntlet IV

Mega Drive, JP
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Gauntlet4 md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (cardboard)
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Cover
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Colour manual)
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Mega Drive, EU (Black & white manual)

Mega Drive, PT
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Cover
Mega Drive, AU

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f9d60510
MD5 5e8ec4c047ef4af15027e93b5358858f
SHA-1 d28e22207121f0e2980dd409b4fb24f9fb8967ae
1MB 1993-09 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 3bf46dce
MD5 840f9f6fd4f22686b89cfd9a9ade105a
SHA-1 26c26ee2bb9571d51537d9328a5fd2a91b4e9dc1
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f9872055
MD5 9aad96cc5364d2289f470b75c59907a5
SHA-1 30208982dd1f50634943d894e7458a556127f8e4
1MB 1993-09 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
Page

References

  1. File:Gauntlet4 MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. Beep! MegaDrive, "April 1994" (JP; 1994-03-08), page 139
  4. 4.0 4.1 GamePro, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 76
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 33
  6. 6.0 6.1 MAN!AC, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-10), page 50
  7. Sega Force Mega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-14), page 46
  8. 8.0 8.1 MegaTech, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-20), page 76
  9. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "November 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 6
  10. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 85
  11. Beep! MegaDrive, "October 1993" (JP; 1993-09-08), page 23
  12. Dengeki Mega Drive, "August 1993" (JP; 1993-07-08), page 37
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 46
  14. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 54
  15. Famitsu, "1993-09-24" (JP; 1993-09-10), page 1
  16. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 10: September 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 14
  17. GamePro, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 74
  18. GamesMaster, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-21), page 48
  19. Hippon Super, "October 1993" (JP; 1993-09-03), page 42
  20. Joypad, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 76
  21. Mega, "October 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 32
  22. Mega Action, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-04), page 22
  23. Mega Force, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-11-10), page 126
  24. Mega Fun, "11/93" (DE; 1993-10-20), page 73
  25. Magazina Igrushek, "4/1995" (RU; 1995-xx-xx), page 58
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-09-28), page 50
  27. Player One, "Janvier 1994" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 100
  28. Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 26
  29. Sega Power, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-07), page 74
  30. Sega Force Mega, "November 1993" (UK; 1993-10-14), page 44
  31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  32. Sonic the Comic, "December 11th 1993" (UK; 1993-12-11), page 12
  33. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 15
  34. VideoGames Shopper, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 40
  35. Video Games, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-22), page 100
  36. VideoGames, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 82
Gauntlet IV

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