The classic Gauntlet 4-player co-op action gameplay returns in a completely new experience! Battle the endless hordes of foes as you and your friends fight for treasure and glory via both local and online co-op multiplayer. Invade the Darkness!
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

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“Arrrowhead has beautifully restored Gauntlet to its former glory.”
4.5/5 – Hardcore Gamer

“Gauntlet is the perfect party game. It brings people together while tearing them apart.”
8/10 – Shacknews

“Arrowhead hits its mark”
8/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

The classic Gauntlet 4-player co-op action gameplay returns in a completely new experience! Play as one of four distinct heroes in an intense monster filled dungeon brawler with a combination of both uniquely built and randomly generated levels to explore. Battle the endless hordes of foes as you and your friends fight for treasure and glory via both local and online co-op multiplayer. Invade the Darkness!

New Gauntlet Experience
Classic dungeon crawling action is melded with innovative new features for the ultimate Gauntlet challenge.

Online and Couch Co-op Multiplayer
Explore on your own if you dare or play with friends in 4-player same-screen and online co-op. Your friends can become foes as you compete to see who can claim the most kills and the most gold.

Four Classic Characters
Gauntlet’s four classic characters: Warrior, Valkyrie, Elf, and Wizard return but with more distinctive play styles and their own unique skills.

Discover New Powers
Players can scour the dungeons for gold and loot to unlock mystical Relics that grant the holder deadly new abilities. But beware – if used incorrectly they can be detrimental to your party’s health!

How Will You Die?
Fiendish traps, monstrous hordes, epic bosses and even your own friends will cause you to die in confounding and extraordinary ways.

Accolades:
  • “An idealized reboot of the series – immediately familiar yet totally fresh.” – Digital Trends
  • “You haven’t needed food this badly since the 1980’s” – Gamespot
  • “Just the way fans would want it” - Destructoid
  • "Fans of the classic 80s game have nothing to worry about." - PrimaGames
  • "This classic quarter-muncher consumed a lot of my own money during summers as a kid, so it's nice to see the fantasy gameplay live on this latest incarnation." - Fortune
  • "With its simple, streamlined controls and the compatibility with SteamOS, 'Gauntlet' is clearly nostalgic for the living room-centric gaming of the early 90s. And it succeeds." - Tom's Guide

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800 / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB NVIDIA 460 / AMD Radeon 5870
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
103.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
I love this game, though I was a bit disappointed in a few things, sadly. Lets start on the negative first.
The world variety is lacking in this one, I don't mean to say that this game should be something like Dark Legacy, but that is what compensated for the previous game lacked. The only theme here is caves, mines, and Hell... it kinda starts to all blend in together, caves, caves, caves, lots of caves. Something that kinda baffles me is how Colosseum has ice spawners, poison spawners, yet no ice worlds or jungle levels?
The boss battles didn't feel as grand and epic though, the bosses having invuln frames felt like they're there to drag out the battle, not increase difficulty, don't get me wrong, I like a challenging monster to fight, but know the difference between challenging and tedious.
Oh also, its Gauntlet, find someone to play with cos this can be played single player, but this is a multiplayer game, always has been, always will!

The positive!
The heroes are different! Anyone who knows the previous Gauntlet games would take note of this first! Though I adore Dark Legacy with a passion <3 something that was troublesome was that all the classes were the same, they all just start with different stats though, that isn't the case in this game! The warrior is all about throwing his weight around, charging right into the hordes you fight! The elf has the enemies running in circles to catch him! The Valkyrie is able to dash into a horde and defend teammates! The wizard, oh my god the wizard! I never had any idea how to differentiate a wizard class in a game like this! They used a simplified version of Magicka's spells, but still something neat!
The enemies are something too! I love how they even got the enemies to differ from each other as well <3 I am actually very glad that ArrowHead did that! The mummies having their own mages, bloated mummies! Skeleton archers! Juggernauts, spider queens, the list goes on!

Final thoughts
I would buy this game 3 times over if it had the level variety of Dark Legacy, yet managed to have all classes different from each other! To this day, to whoever reads this maybe many years down the line, I am awaiting a game that meets that description, a game that is as grand adventure as Dark Legacy, yet provide enough variety throughout! I don't see such a game like that coming out soon, maybe not even within my lifetime. I await the day I can go on a quest to slay a fearsome yeti, enter the nightmare realm, deal with a wizard summoner who is obsessed with the desecrated temple!
The game is great, it gives plenty new but doesn't change too much, keeps the old but does something new! I want more of this!
I'll close this at this point now, a great game to play with friends if you like fighting massive hoards of enemies, I eagerly await the next installment!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
I remember playing Gauntlet Legends on the Dreamcast like it was yesterday. Vibrant colors, outdoorsy environments and good ole' local multiplayer options.

Years later and we get this game, it takes a more darker approach with more features - underground dungeons, caves, with a more matured art style. Add some upgrade components and online multiplayer. However, it keeps that same fun-factor by engaging us in addictive gameplay and dark/sarcastic humor.

I feel like I could play this game forever and not get tired. There are 4 characters (5 if you purchase the Necromancer dlc) and each character feels totally different changing the experience.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I never played the original one.
But playing this one in co-op is amazing.
Not easy though, even if you are four people.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Fun little co-op dungeon crawler with differing champions and great gameflow.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This review is a toss-up between recommend or not. It's not a great game, but it isn't awful either. This is simply a mediocre twin stick shooter that does nothing to set itself apart from other games in the genre. There is no story, no intrigue, and hardly any funny humor (there's plenty of bad humor). You merely walk through level after level, killing whatever enemies you encounter along the way. Sometimes you don't even have to kill the enemies and can merely run past them. The game is fun for a few hours with friends, and that is why I chose the Thumbs Up instead of Thumbs Down review. I don't recommend it if you're going to play alone or hop in with random people online.


Here are my main points of discontent:

The characters attack too slowly, making it easy to get swarmed on all sides and unable to move or do anything, causing you to die. There is not nearly enough gold available so you can't upgrade enough of your equipment. The game forces you to g rind for hours in endless mode just to get enough gold to upgrade a single character to the best equipment. Hopefully you never ever want to try out one of the other characters, else you'll have to start the grind all over again.

There are hardly any useful items for you to purchase, and most of the upgrades you can get are just for appearance. None of the choices for the combat equipment (weapon, potion power, and relic power) really provide any meaningful help for you fight better. Oh, they are certainly necessary and you'll want them upgraded fully, but they cost ridiculous sums of gold for the most minor of benefits. I honestly found that most of my character's default equipment was better than any of the items I purchased, and that's just dumb.

The game also has a silly mechanic that allows you to accidentally (or intentionally) destroy food, taking away the ability for you to heal. This is supposed to be funny, but in practice it's just annoying, especially on the levels that are so dark you can't even see where anything is. Food is also often placed behind objects you have to destroy, making it likely you'll accidentally destroy your meal instead of eating it for the health you desperately need.

The final boss is nearly impossible on Normal difficulty yet ridiculously easy on Easy difficulty. I made no less than 40 attempts on Normal with various friends. We could get to the final wave of enemies before killing the boss, but we always ended up dying. I hate when games make the final boss stupidly difficult just to increase play time. It's a dumb practice that just makes players resent the game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Red warrior shot the food! Nice remake of an old classic, if you played the original or Gauntlet II back in the day you won't be disappointed.

Combat is challenging without being impossible and being able to play as different classes gives this game nice replay value.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
if you love gauntlet do not get this game

everything they could do wrong with a gauntlet game has been inserted in this game

ridiculous AOE enemies? Check! (Rememer any aoe enemy in the original gauntlet?)

unblockable attacks that are impossible to read in the general mess? Check!

recycled boss, but two at a time instead of only one? Check!

consoletards based fights, enter room, get locked inside, kill all enemies, room unlocked? Check!

all in all i paid 5 euros and i think it was not worth it
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
This game is OK when played with friends, but is an awful online experience. Being basically the opposite of what Helldivers offers, where you really have to contribute as a team member to survive, playing Gauntlet public games is anything but cooperative. Terrible idea to make coins and food individual, meaning everyone is rushing to get as much as possible. That kills the whole coop idea making games competitive where they should not be.

As for game fighting mechanics, although there are couple of interesting solutions, and it is kept simple, the overall fight is to hectic and chaotic.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Bought a 4-pack and wish I could refund it. The multiplayer is awful, you all share the same screen like in Broforce, made sense for 1985, not in 2016. To make it worse all your progression is tied to your gold, which people can use the screen to kill you for and take when you die. Mix that with most of the classes dying in 1-2 hits and it's just not fun. There's absolutely no excuse as to why any modern game should make you share the same camera over the internet. Add in the fact that there's a necromancer add-on that focuses around using dead enemies to summon friendly skeletons, but there's a charm that everyone else can use to do the same thing and make your necromancer abilities worthless, and you've got a lot of head scratching in a game that should be a blast.

All of that said, the single player is quite fun, just don't plan on having any sort of fun online with 4 players. Everyone just skips the monsters and pulls the camera ahead so you can't see and collects gold since there's 0 incentive to kill anything in this game, another huge flaw. It needs some sort of exp system to punish players for just skipping to the end of each floor.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
It's not a badly executed game, and the combat is quite nice... It's just i lose my interest everytime after a few levels when because there is just not enough incentive leveling your character or gaining gold, which feels pretty useless after you unlocked the few and only skills your character has, without the possibility of upgrading it. A decent upgrade or leveling path feels like a huge omission for what could have been a great game considering the execution of everything they DID right. Fun maybe for a few hours, but gets old too quickly unfortunately.
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Ignatius
4.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
A warrior making his stand...
Outgunned, outnumbered, outmanned...

Why go through the motions?
Why not use your potions?

It's more fun to kill them by hand!
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mriopi
10.6 hrs
Posted: September 30
This game was awfully. A big let down unfortunately.

-Full of glitches
-Terrible map design
-Bad variety
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meltdown
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
online coop? check. 2-4 player local coop? check. this is a simple yet fun arcade like hack-n-slash. for the price and the amount of updates they've put into the game it is well worth the price.
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Johnnie Ringo
9.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
fantastic fun
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Siege Wizard
48.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
Great game to play in group and challengingly fun enough to keep going after you fail.
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The Knole
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 27
First of all let me say i was a big fan of the original Arcade classic and its sequel . This version although looks totally diffferent, (as gone for the Diablo style over head view ) it has captured the esssense of the original game, even having some familiar sound effects and music. would reccomend this game for the gauntlet fan and someone who has never played the original, as its a goood fun hack n slash fest! and remember dont shoot the food.
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Jaykstah
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
Pretty simple but really fun. It is super difficult to solo when things get crazy, so it is wise to have some friends to play through with. If you go solo most of the classes become obsolete as archery is the only way to not die without anyone helping you.

It can be decent going solo, but this is definitely a game for a good co-op experience.
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ytlas
9.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
this is not gauntlet
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Wedge
7.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Bought on sale. Not worth paying full price. Played local co-op with a friend and beat it in 7 hours. Worthy of the guantlet title. Brought back alot of fun memories playing Guantlet on the 64. That being said,...

Once you beat campaign mode its pretty much done. There is an endless mode that is a sorry attempt to get more life out of the game and get you to level your character but it is the same thing over and over with just harder monsters. Feels like a pay to win game where you have to spend money to level up your character or else spend hours upon hours grinding. Technically you dont actually level up your toon like in the 64 version. the only thing you can do to make your toon better is pay money to upgrade your relic (aka your special ability). You can also use gold to buy in game apearences, and new abilities but its pretty lame. Not near as good as the old gauntlet 64 that I enjoyed growing up. If all you want is a good 4 player hack and slash to play local co-op though. its a fun time with a friend or 2 so that you can relive the glory days, but nothing more.
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