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Gauntlet

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For the Sega Mega Drive version, see Gauntlet IV.

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Gauntlet
System(s): Sega Master System
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Developer:
Licensor: Tengen
Genre: Action































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




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Gauntlet is an overhead dungeon crawler released for the arcades by Atari Games in 1985. A Sega Master System version was released exclusively in Europe in 1990, published by U.S. Gold and developed by Tiertex Design Studios. Unlike the later Sega Mega Drive version released by Tengen (see Gauntlet IV), the Master System version only supports up to two players due to the lack of any multiplayer adapter for the system.

Gameplay

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).

History

Legacy

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

Master System Mega Drive advert SE.jpg

SE advert

SegaPower UK 13.pdf

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

K IT 25.pdf

PDF
Print advert in K (IT) #25: "Febbraio 1991" (199x-xx-xx)

ATU GL 1991-07-17 Gauntlet.jpg

Print advert in Atuagagdliutit (GL) #1991-07-17 (1991-07-17)

ConsolesPlus FR 001.pdf

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

CVG UK 119.pdf

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

CVG UK 121.pdf

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

Gamers DE 1992-01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Gamers (DE) #1992-01: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 [1]
96 №2, p14/15
90 [7]
92 [8]
90 [9]
60 [10]
88 [11]
79 [12]
80 №37
92 [13]
78 [14]
64 [15]
87 [16]
80 [17]
83 [18]
80 Sega Pro
77 №17, p88
Sega Master System
82
Based on
17 reviews

Master System, EU
Gauntlet-SMS-EU cover.jpg
Cover
Gauntlet SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
GauntletSMSEUManual.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

Master System, BR
Gauntlet SMS BR Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGauntlet SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
Gauntlet SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, SE (Rental)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 D9190956
MD5 FDD401983EB42200F9FEC672374597AF
SHA-1 4E583CE9B95E20ECDDC6C1DAC9941C28A3E80808
128kB Cartridge (EU)

References