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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A4man
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Thumbs up as it's the perfect couch co-op game! A BIG fan of the Gauntlet games and this one is a welcome addition.
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Uncle Dorky
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
As someone who F@$kin' loved the arcade version (we would all drop in $5 right at the start) this reboot is amazing,

You don't even need a super high end computer to run it, and if that's not a pro I don't know what is.

Buy it, hell, buy it for your friends, trust me, it's worth it!
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kloddant
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This is one of the best local co-op RPGs I know of. The only other games that I've played that are in a comparable genre are Gauntlet Legends, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, and Bauldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, so if you like those, you'll love this one. The graphics are better than the other Gauntlet games, and more people can play than in Bauldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. And the fact that there is an randomly-generated endless mode that just keeps getting harder makes it even better.
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Mano
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
lets you find out which of your friends are Jews.
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Mister
( 155.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
TLDR: Highly recommended, good fun in single player or multiplayer and ok for people who get motion sick from fps or moba style games.

If you're thinking of getting this game, first thing I suggest you do is look at some gameplay on youtube. I have an indepth overview and review with gameplay here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQe6N-Bjjfo (hour long) and Zerohill has an awesome 20 video playlist you can see here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEg-yDRmLEZ1F0zYiE14ciggS71YnssXX

The aim of the game

Morak the magician created the gauntlet for power & got trapped inside. Your job is to fight through hordes or mummies, walking dead, undead, skeletons, grunts, orcs, etc., to bring him 3 shards of a sword so he can escape the gauntlet. In return he promises riches & power.

The Characters, their weapons & attacking skills

Thor (Warrior): Carries a battle axe and does large sweeping slashes which lay waste to the enemy. Can also do a double handed vertical chop (think log splitting). And when in a bind, a spinning attack which decimates the hordes around him. And can do a charge to barge the enemy out of the way.

Thyra (Valkyrie): Has a Shield, sword and speer. For close quarter combat she slashes with her sword. When the enemies are nearby she can throw her shield (Capt America style) and take out groups or lines of enemies. And she has a speer thrust which can also take out a line of enemy fast, as well as get her out of a swarming group. She also has a shield block which reflects projectiles back at the enemy who threw them at her and protects her from the slashes of sharp fingernailed attackers. She can move while she has the shield up, although slower.

Questor (Elf): He has a bow and arrow and an elf bomb which he can drop on the ground or attach to his snipe arrows. His normal arrows are rapid fire and short range. His snipe shot is longer range and has more power but isn't as rapid. Use the snipe/bomb arrow to shoot into a Summoning stone from afar - or single enemy troop and the troops around will blow up. His elf bomb can also be dropped into the middle of a horde to blow them up. For quick escapes he has a tumble roll.

Merlin (Wizard): He has 9 basic spells to choose from... Close quarter ice (freezes enemy in place), Ice beam (think laser beam) and Ice lob bomb (which creates a frozen circle which slows down the enemy. Fire balls (not as rapid as elf arrows but do more damage), fire lob bomb and can move quickly as a couple of snaking fireball things. Chain lightening, a force blast which knocks over the enemy and a force shield he and others can stand in.

Lillith (Necromancer): An add on character which can be purchased seperately to the game itself, her stock standard weapons are a small skeleton which rises to swipe the enemy a distance from her and a large skeleton with a sledge hammer that bashes down on groups of enemy or large items. As she takes out an enemy she gains some of their Soul Energy which she can use to raise a small group of fighters to help her.

Weapon Abilities

Each character can change their main weapon to give it slightly different abilities. E.g. choose a different bow and the elf's bomb becomes a "keep enemy in place" bomb and allows you to then kill them while they stand still. His normal arrows are not changed when this bow is used. The warrior can change his axe so that the double handed log splitting chop wipes out all the enemies around him in one blow. Valkyrie and Wiz also have different abilities.

Talismans

These change what happens when a potion is used. At the beginning the use of a potion simply blows it up and damages anything in the blast zone. Later they can be changed E.g. One use for the Valkyries becomes creating 3 valks to fight for her. Each character's Taslisman change is different.

Relics

Theses are items you can buy in the game (with gold earned in the game) to enhance your character's abilties. Some enable you to move faster, others create a whirlwind around you. One creates illusions of your character which can attack the enemy along side you.

Q&A - Answering unasked questions and bad review claims

Bad review claim: The game lacks content.

My take: Without any elaboration in what way it lacks content, the statement isn't helpful and says more about the reviewer than the game. The game has 30 missions in Campaign mode, which can be played on Easy, Normal or Hard, so it is kind of like 90 different missions. Each can be played with one of four main characters for a total possible 360 possible different mission experiences. Add to this the Endless option which has you go through an endless number of floors which are made up on the fly - and can be done solo or with others. The top players have reached floor 8,192!!! And then there is the Colleseum which pits you against waves of beasties in a one room arena - 6 waves completes the mission and each day there is a new mission with different gameplay in a new arena. I wouldn't call that "lack of content".

Bad review claim: Only 6 to 8 hrs of game play.

My take: At the time of this review I have over 140 hrs of game time. I only have 30 of 46 achievements, have not completed the campaign fully by myself in Normal or Hard mode in any single character. Have only managed to get to floor 79 in Endless mode with a team of people (only managed floor 8 by myself as elf) and have completed only two missions in the Colesseum. Makes me wonder if those who think "only 6 to 8 hours" actually tried or just rode along in easy mode multiplayer until the campaign was done and then called it quits, or just found the game too hard. Because with all the achievements, character upgrades and missions, there is no way it can all be done in only 6 to 8 hours.

Bad review claim: Boring.

Again, without elaboration the statement is meaninless. Boring compared to what? Would they find the classic games like Space Invaders or Pacman or Donkey Kong boring? Millions of people around the globe used to go out of their way to play those games in "pinball parlors". There is so much which can be done in this game, any claim it is boring, says more about the reviewer than the game itself.

I have a sneaky feeling the "lacks content", "only a few hours game play" and "boring" reviewers are most likely young kids. Maybe it's boring because their mates won't play with them, because maybe their mates think fps is the shiznits and everything else is boring? And I can see "kids" completing a room in easy mode and considerig it "done" without going back there ever in any other character or harder mode. Or the game is too hard for them so instead of admitting they find it too hard, blame the game for lack of content, not long in hours or boring.

Fact is, the graphics are good, the game play is progressively harder (something all good games have in common), it can be played in a mode that suits your skill level and is great for people who suffer video game motion sickness. It can be played on your own whenever you want to spend a few minutes playing, or played with friends or even strangers and can be played in a variety of characters.

You do not Need to play it in multiplayer. You can play it by yourself in single player mode without interacting with the server and other players. Most of my gameplay is like this as I use the time to get better with the various characters (so I'll be a good asset to any multiplayer team I join) and when I don't have the time to complete the campaign or whatnot with others and want to spend 15 or 30 minutes playing, or just don't feel like playing with others. Playing solo means you can go at your own pace and fully explore each mission in the campaign.

Sometimes, depending on the time of day, finding a stranger to play Campaign is difficult. But if you head into Endless more you will Always find someone in there to play with.
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DgtlRnn042
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
When this first came out I was hesitant. This wasn't Dark Legacy, which I still enjoy to this day, this was something different. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and found it enjoyable. I dare say I was pleasantly surprised. The masteries kept the feel of progressing a character, even if just barely.
Alas, I didn't have much free time to really delve into it at the time.
Then, when I came back... everything was different. All the things that were reminicent of Dark Legacy were removed, including the hubworld, and masteries. This enjoyable little hack and slasher has been hacked apart. I guess I'll go back to Samurai Warriors for my mindless fun.
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Sir Dicksallot
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Despite all the negative reviews you'll probably see in this section,I still think the game is very fun.I bought it together with a friend and we jumped on together not expecting much really,but when we stopped playing it left a sweat taste in our mouths.It has a lot of classes that feel diferent from each other(atleast some of em),it has upgrades and diferent playstyles ffor each class,and the boss battles are unique and challenging.I feel this game is very good for around 5~ euros or like 6 or even 7(I got it for 2),but anything above 10 I wouldnt really recomend.Also,dont buy this if you are going solo,all the fun is the mayehm with 1 or more friends.
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Captain Longbeard
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I can kill my allies and take their gold.

10/10, would chaotic evil again.
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elfraiders
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
a good old game, i mean you cant loose, what are you waiting for. just buy it and see.
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Mr Fox
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
The game is surprisingly small and lacking in content. I remember staying up for hours with my friends trying to get all the collectibles and unlockable levels in older Gauntlet games. This one is more arcade-y, with very few levels and just feels a bit of a waste of time.
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DaddyChillis
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
i would pay.. a dollar twenty five for this game... about a peanut butter and jelly worth of enjoyment.
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craigrutkowske
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
While the gameplay is fine, the graphics look good etc...This isn't my old school gauntlet:
-You can't level up your characters
-No matter how long you play your character never gets stronger
-They didn't remove the 'masteries' system even though the system does nothing

Generally speaking it is an ok game, but if you are looking for your old school arcade dungeon crawler you've come to the wrong place.
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Azzy the Cute Snootle
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
My friends all hate me because I keep shooting the turkeys.
Fun and mindless time sink if you can manage to get a decent party made up with friends.
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OodWorlder
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Brings back great memories of the original. So far so good :)
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swift.kindness
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Product received for free
Wonderful to play online/offline, alone or in a group.
Superb progression for each character.
This game was gifted to me and I am ever grateful to that user.
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KogAtlas
( 24.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
The game is okay as it is now. You might get a good 20 hours of fun out of it. Apparently though, before this slayer edition, it actually contained features.
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bout
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
this is nice game
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jb2097
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Gauntlet Slayer edition is a fairly enjoyable update of the ancient arcade game. The basic premise is that you have to fight your way through various dungeons , in either single player or co-op, gathering up coins and food. Coins can be spent on upgrades, whereas food replenishes your health. One of the games little twists , however, is that trigger happy players can accidentally destroy the food, or potions that act like smartbombs, if they're not careful.

It's one of a few systems that alleviates somewhat repetitive gameplay mechanics. There are objects that constantly spawn monsters until destroyed, and it can mean the players faces wave after wave of enemies, unless they target these objects. It's both a source of excitement: as you desperately try to staunch the flow, and also partly why the game gets tedious - as it happens in almost every room.

The upgrades system adds a little variety, and they do all have a pronounced effect on how each character plays, but you can only have three at once. So it doesn't really shake up the gameplay all that drastically. The dev's have tried some things to mix up the action - one nice touch is that some levels have an unbeatable enemy who phazes in and out of existence, meaning the player is trying to thin out the hordes while dodging the other baddie when it appears (as it's touch is instant death).

It also has some boss battles which use either the environment, or more dynamic attacks than the standard enemies. It certainly has much more depth than the original, but it's best enjoyed in small doses - though thankfully most of the levels aren't huge anyway.

It's reasonable entertainment in single player, and I would expect it's rather good fun in co-op, as there is a competitive side to that: food and gold isn't shared between players, and in the heat of the moment stray attacks could pulverize food / potions. It would also deal with the games biggest problem (beyond it being repetitive) which is: it's too easy on normal difficulty, yet frustratingly hard on the hard difficulty. A second player would help there.

Overall it's not bad - a fun game in modest doses, in co-op it's probably much more enjoyable. It looks nice enough, sounds quite reasonable, and plays pretty well - at least with the understanding it's not Diablo 3, and was always a budget title.
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Hollow
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Stupid camera
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Uncle Ulty
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Dark Souls + PS1 + Internet = This
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
50.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
I got in 60 hours of this game before they ruined it last year with the Slayer edition. The game isn't worth ever playing again. The changes made in slayer edition absolutely killed the game. Multiplayer is dead.

If they would allow us to selelct the original version of the game, I wouldn't have any complaints, I think very quickly they would see that all of the multiplayer base would go back to version 1.0 or 1.2

Whatever you do, don't buy this game. It has been abandoned by the devs and is a ruined POS.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
155.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
TLDR: Highly recommended, good fun in single player or multiplayer and ok for people who get motion sick from fps or moba style games.

If you're thinking of getting this game, first thing I suggest you do is look at some gameplay on youtube. I have an indepth overview and review with gameplay here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQe6N-Bjjfo (hour long) and Zerohill has an awesome 20 video playlist you can see here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEg-yDRmLEZ1F0zYiE14ciggS71YnssXX

The aim of the game

Morak the magician created the gauntlet for power & got trapped inside. Your job is to fight through hordes or mummies, walking dead, undead, skeletons, grunts, orcs, etc., to bring him 3 shards of a sword so he can escape the gauntlet. In return he promises riches & power.

The Characters, their weapons & attacking skills

Thor (Warrior): Carries a battle axe and does large sweeping slashes which lay waste to the enemy. Can also do a double handed vertical chop (think log splitting). And when in a bind, a spinning attack which decimates the hordes around him. And can do a charge to barge the enemy out of the way.

Thyra (Valkyrie): Has a Shield, sword and speer. For close quarter combat she slashes with her sword. When the enemies are nearby she can throw her shield (Capt America style) and take out groups or lines of enemies. And she has a speer thrust which can also take out a line of enemy fast, as well as get her out of a swarming group. She also has a shield block which reflects projectiles back at the enemy who threw them at her and protects her from the slashes of sharp fingernailed attackers. She can move while she has the shield up, although slower.

Questor (Elf): He has a bow and arrow and an elf bomb which he can drop on the ground or attach to his snipe arrows. His normal arrows are rapid fire and short range. His snipe shot is longer range and has more power but isn't as rapid. Use the snipe/bomb arrow to shoot into a Summoning stone from afar - or single enemy troop and the troops around will blow up. His elf bomb can also be dropped into the middle of a horde to blow them up. For quick escapes he has a tumble roll.

Merlin (Wizard): He has 9 basic spells to choose from... Close quarter ice (freezes enemy in place), Ice beam (think laser beam) and Ice lob bomb (which creates a frozen circle which slows down the enemy. Fire balls (not as rapid as elf arrows but do more damage), fire lob bomb and can move quickly as a couple of snaking fireball things. Chain lightening, a force blast which knocks over the enemy and a force shield he and others can stand in.

Lillith (Necromancer): An add on character which can be purchased seperately to the game itself, her stock standard weapons are a small skeleton which rises to swipe the enemy a distance from her and a large skeleton with a sledge hammer that bashes down on groups of enemy or large items. As she takes out an enemy she gains some of their Soul Energy which she can use to raise a small group of fighters to help her.

Weapon Abilities

Each character can change their main weapon to give it slightly different abilities. E.g. choose a different bow and the elf's bomb becomes a "keep enemy in place" bomb and allows you to then kill them while they stand still. His normal arrows are not changed when this bow is used. The warrior can change his axe so that the double handed log splitting chop wipes out all the enemies around him in one blow. Valkyrie and Wiz also have different abilities.

Talismans

These change what happens when a potion is used. At the beginning the use of a potion simply blows it up and damages anything in the blast zone. Later they can be changed E.g. One use for the Valkyries becomes creating 3 valks to fight for her. Each character's Taslisman change is different.

Relics

Theses are items you can buy in the game (with gold earned in the game) to enhance your character's abilties. Some enable you to move faster, others create a whirlwind around you. One creates illusions of your character which can attack the enemy along side you.

Q&A - Answering unasked questions and bad review claims

Bad review claim: The game lacks content.

My take: Without any elaboration in what way it lacks content, the statement isn't helpful and says more about the reviewer than the game. The game has 30 missions in Campaign mode, which can be played on Easy, Normal or Hard, so it is kind of like 90 different missions. Each can be played with one of four main characters for a total possible 360 possible different mission experiences. Add to this the Endless option which has you go through an endless number of floors which are made up on the fly - and can be done solo or with others. The top players have reached floor 8,192!!! And then there is the Colleseum which pits you against waves of beasties in a one room arena - 6 waves completes the mission and each day there is a new mission with different gameplay in a new arena. I wouldn't call that "lack of content".

Bad review claim: Only 6 to 8 hrs of game play.

My take: At the time of this review I have over 140 hrs of game time. I only have 30 of 46 achievements, have not completed the campaign fully by myself in Normal or Hard mode in any single character. Have only managed to get to floor 79 in Endless mode with a team of people (only managed floor 8 by myself as elf) and have completed only two missions in the Colesseum. Makes me wonder if those who think "only 6 to 8 hours" actually tried or just rode along in easy mode multiplayer until the campaign was done and then called it quits, or just found the game too hard. Because with all the achievements, character upgrades and missions, there is no way it can all be done in only 6 to 8 hours.

Bad review claim: Boring.

Again, without elaboration the statement is meaninless. Boring compared to what? Would they find the classic games like Space Invaders or Pacman or Donkey Kong boring? Millions of people around the globe used to go out of their way to play those games in "pinball parlors". There is so much which can be done in this game, any claim it is boring, says more about the reviewer than the game itself.

I have a sneaky feeling the "lacks content", "only a few hours game play" and "boring" reviewers are most likely young kids. Maybe it's boring because their mates won't play with them, because maybe their mates think fps is the shiznits and everything else is boring? And I can see "kids" completing a room in easy mode and considerig it "done" without going back there ever in any other character or harder mode. Or the game is too hard for them so instead of admitting they find it too hard, blame the game for lack of content, not long in hours or boring.

Fact is, the graphics are good, the game play is progressively harder (something all good games have in common), it can be played in a mode that suits your skill level and is great for people who suffer video game motion sickness. It can be played on your own whenever you want to spend a few minutes playing, or played with friends or even strangers and can be played in a variety of characters.

You do not Need to play it in multiplayer. You can play it by yourself in single player mode without interacting with the server and other players. Most of my gameplay is like this as I use the time to get better with the various characters (so I'll be a good asset to any multiplayer team I join) and when I don't have the time to complete the campaign or whatnot with others and want to spend 15 or 30 minutes playing, or just don't feel like playing with others. Playing solo means you can go at your own pace and fully explore each mission in the campaign.

Sometimes, depending on the time of day, finding a stranger to play Campaign is difficult. But if you head into Endless more you will Always find someone in there to play with.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
When this first came out I was hesitant. This wasn't Dark Legacy, which I still enjoy to this day, this was something different. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and found it enjoyable. I dare say I was pleasantly surprised. The masteries kept the feel of progressing a character, even if just barely.
Alas, I didn't have much free time to really delve into it at the time.
Then, when I came back... everything was different. All the things that were reminicent of Dark Legacy were removed, including the hubworld, and masteries. This enjoyable little hack and slasher has been hacked apart. I guess I'll go back to Samurai Warriors for my mindless fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Thumbs up as it's the perfect couch co-op game! A BIG fan of the Gauntlet games and this one is a welcome addition.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
7.5/10
a nice casualy game just to kill a few hours on from time to time, can take a little while to find games to join depending on what time of day you play. but in all, it's not a bad game. wouldn't pay the full £15 - got it on sale.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
While the gameplay is fine, the graphics look good etc...This isn't my old school gauntlet:
-You can't level up your characters
-No matter how long you play your character never gets stronger
-They didn't remove the 'masteries' system even though the system does nothing

Generally speaking it is an ok game, but if you are looking for your old school arcade dungeon crawler you've come to the wrong place.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
It was fun! ...for a short while. Beat the campaign on Hard but with no unlockable difficulties and no character progression to speak of it got boring fast. Playing with friends on Endless is fun enough, but... without progression the fun wears thin quick. Apparently there was a point in the past where it was substantially better in this regard, but it was patched out? Um, it's all right but it seems to me it's not worth your money if the devs make the game worse on purpose.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
QUICKRATING

GAMEPLAY 3/5
It is a refreshing approach to an old concept, lacking the courage to add new elements besides basic character improvement over purchasable items/skills. The "poisonous" air in the dungeon that constantly harmed you in the arcade predecessor is gone and if you die, it's due to the enemies. The cultists get some cheap kills from time to time, which is plain frustrating. Other than that, the game feels balanced, but you have to grind to unlock it's full potential. A lot.

CONTROLS 3.5/5
I have played it with a controller and never had any issues with response times. The button layout is convenient, but not rebindable. Jumping over gaps sometimes feels wonky.

MUSIC & SOUND 4/5
The music fits the scenario and the sound effects are really good. I own a localized version [GER], the voice actors sound like lackluster porn actors.

VISUALS 4/5
I enjoy the visuals and the different locations are distinctive. I like the gore and overall special effects. Sometimes you can lose sight of your character, especially with a full team in a crowd of enemies.

ADDITIONAL INFO

You (and your friends) fight through different dungeons from start to exit. You gain continues, when you fill the bar at the top of the screen by killing off hordes of enemies. If you run out of them, it's game over. You have to share gold and other resources (food, potions) with your team. There are bossfights at the end of each area which require a bit more tactics than the standard enemies. This is the standard game mode. Besides that, you can fight in the Colloseum (a daily challenge) to gain more gold and some hero specific items. You also have the option to start an endless game to see how many dungeons you can clear without dying.

With gold you can purchase special skills, items or potion effects, which adds to the gameplay. The most interesting parts are the unique upgrades for each hero.

I have enjoyed this game so far and I recommend it, if you want something diabloesque without the hassle to store and manage items, inventory limitations and clicking through complex skill trees. If you want that, you won't be satisfied. It is easy to pick up (except the mage) and play. Be it for 30 minutes or 3 hours.

I have had some serious issues with my connection crashing (either hosting or joining), so at the moment I would recommend local coop or single player to avoid these frustrations, taking away a good measure of the game tho. I have contacted WB Games support with this issue, but unfortunately received your standard "Have you tried turning it off and on again" reply.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
60.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
The original release of this game was tedious but incredibly fun. Logged 60 hours of game plan with little hesitation. I took a break from the game and recently tried to play it again. At some point the developers released a slayer edition which renders the game unplayable for me. The controls are laggy and inconsistant depsite playing it on the same machine as before, which exceeds the recommended system requirements. If there was a way to play the original version, I would recommend that game, but not in its current iteration.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Originally this game a a great source of funa dn entertainment with friends. The ability to upgrade and customize your character through progression was a great function. Then came "Slayer Edition", or as I like to call it gimped and dumbed down to console edition. They stripped everything that made the game unique from other dungeon crawlers. With the removal of any skill or ability progression, it's now just a dungeon slog with no reward.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Don't bother. Arrowhead really screwed the pooch with this one. The original version of this game had its flaws, but was still a fairly fun dungeon crawl.

Then they released the Slayer Edition, which was supposed to fix all the problems... but in reality, they just dumbed it down to the point where a goldfish could play it. Well, that is if they hadn't screwed up the smooth controls and combat to some herky-jerky tangled mess. All the progression from the original version? Gone. Now you just get gold. Wow, so original guys!

Between this and the release + abandonment of Helldivers on PC, Arrowhead is no longer a developer I will be supporting. They got a whiff of that EZ console cash and sold out the PC gamers responsible for their initial success, and that's something I simply won't forgive, nor forget.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
I never played it before august but when I did i enjoyed the game. Its kinda grindy and very team based so if your gonna play this game and play well then you have to really work with a good team and I would recommend using a mic since its better then typing while monster are railing on you etc.. you guys know what im talking about.

I still think this game is pretty good its just VERY team based and you need to communicate well and fast in some parts of the game.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
they took away leveling, in gauntlet.......... !
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
I don't think I've had as much co-op fun with a game at this price. Everything in Gauntlet is extremely polished, all the way down to the glimmering piles of gold and the jingle of coins when you grab them. It's cool to see a highly skilled mage join our game from who-knows-where and do his/her thing. Even the wife, who's not particularly good at action games, has enjoyed this one and become a solid contributor. The developers obviously sacrificed a lot of time and effort to balance the gameplay to perfection.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
148.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Gauntlet and Gauntlet legends were some of my fav games as a child much like many of the other players on here. The community in gauntlet is great, the game is pretty fun and can be played local, online and local/online mixed co-op which gives it a thumbs up from me, and the endless mode is great fun. It's ultimately the greatest nostalgia party game in my opinion for 20-40 year olds (even older or younger it doesn't discriminate). I remommend getting a party of your friends who enjoyed it as children with you and doing a local co-op game together for the best experience.
I do have some cons however, nothing that can really be helped though. The Story mode is fun however not incredibly replayable and quite short, the game is quite buggy and wb will not be updating the game and/or making a sequel ever as production has finished according to forums I have been on regarding it. Add to this playing by yourself is actually terrible for some strange reason (perhaps the loneliness) I would reccomend 2-4 players.
Despite this I have had an enjoyable time playing and would rate the game an 8.5 out of 10. I have played many revamps of gauntlet and this is gauntlet how I most fondly remember it. Thanks WB
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
If you remember the old gauntlet you will love this game an easy 7 out of 10 for a great hack and slash delight
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Although not the same quarter pumping version I played decades ago, it still captures your interest and has some of the same smart comments as the original. Worth buy and playing.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
A really good game within itself, but much more limited than the original Gauntlet Legends title this game is based on. I thoroughly enjoyed it for about 20 hours and then lost interest entirely. I may come back to it and my review may improve at that point. Not sure. But for now this game gets a 7/10. I do enjoy the built in achievement system that is designed to spark a replayable vibe about the game, but it doesn't quite close the gap for me. I still do recommend people get this game and try it, maybe when it's on sale depending on how patient folks are.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Was staring at this title in my steam library wishing so badly that i could play the original game that they released. but now all we have is this force fed 'slayer edition' of the game. Safe to say i wont ever buy a game from this company again.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
It's not just marketing talk when they say this Gauntlet is a completely new experience. I've put hundreds of hours into Gauntlet Legends on the N64, and quite a few into Dark Legacy on the gamecube. I had expectations going into this game.

This is a very different game.

Is it fun? Yes. It's a good game, and it's fun. We'll get that out of the way first. However, it's nothing like classic Gauntlet games. Each of the classes play very differently; they're not just different allocations of stats. As a matter of fact, there really is no notion of "stats" in this game: there's no leveling, no character progression.

The only difference in a start-game and end-game character is what gear you have equipped - most of which is only for aesthetic purposes. You have 3 important pieces of gear: Your weapon, an accessory that changes what your potions do, and a relic that gives you an extra cooldown-based ability. The only mechanical difference in your weapons is what your special ability does (in the case of the wizard it seems like ability sets rather than a single ability). More expensive weapons don't mean more damage, more range, or anything like that.

Levels in this game vary widely in how long they take. Some only take a couple minutes. Others take up to 10. There also aren't too many levels in the game, and there are only 3 bosses, but all the bosses have very different mechanics.

The bottom line is that it's a short but sweet game. I have trouble finishing 4 player co-op games with friends due to conflicting schedules and waning interests, but we had no problem sticking this one out. You can easily get through it your first time in 3 to 6 hours.
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