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 this Summer on PC and Steam Machines!
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

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January 21

Gauntlet v1.12 and Season 2 is Live Now!

Colosseum SEASON 2 has been unleashed! Jump in now to face new challenges and earn brand new rewards. As a reminder, Season 3 will start April 1st.

The Gauntlet has been thrown down, are you tough enough to survive?


Bug Fixes

• Heroes who lost connection from a match after the Host was disconnected will be able to smoothly reconnect to the same lobby.

• This one is for all you Wizard’s out there! There should no longer be any risk of Merlin becoming stuck in midair if he is knocked into his own ‘Lightning Shield’ during combat.

• Heroes can retry the Colosseum until they are successful without fear of stability issues.

• Lilith’s ‘Heavy Skeleton Slam’ should always hit its mark accurately and will remain visible throughout the length of the attack.

• The Heroes have cried out and once again the god’s have answered! The visibility of the in game cursor has been improved so all heroes can see clearly during the mayhem of the Gauntlet!

• All Heroes rejoice! There is no longer semitransparent text present behind the Colosseum scoring prompt.

• Character art should no longer flicker in the Colosseum setup screen, while another character is posing in character select.

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January 14

Gauntlet Coliseum Season 2 Announcement

Hello adventurers!

As we've watched countless heroes slain and slaughtered by Season 1 of the Gauntlet Coliseum, we wondered if we should ask Morak to perhaps tone down the mayhem in order to let the less hardcore of combatants have a chance. Well we did and he promptly spit in our face and kicked us into a deep pit filled with undead orcs. He then announced that Season 2 of the Gauntlet Coliseum was going to start as soon as next week with even more devious challenges.

Once we managed to escape by climbing on top of the dead bodies of all the others he kicked down there, we raced back home to inform everyone that Season 1 is ending next Tuesday night, Jan. 20th! What that means is if you want to get your special capes AND rank among the best Gauntlet players out there, you should jump into the Coliseum now before it’s too late. Because once Season 2 starts, those capes will never be seen again.

But even if you miss out on Season 1, you can still jump into the Coliseum and earn brand new rewards coming next week. And we managed to steal Morak's notes for when future seasons of the Coliseum will begin: Season 2 will start Wed. Jan. 21st and Season 3 will start April 1st.

So hop to it heroes! Join up with your fellow adventurers and conquer Season 1 before it's too late!

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Reviews

“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

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Just Updated

Morak has called forth all Gauntlet adventurers to his newest and deadliest creation: The Gauntlet Coliseum.

Six horde-mode style arenas will test players’ endurance and combat skills against increasingly more difficult waves of enemies in this brand new game update. Victors will receive a new cosmetic item for their efforts, capes custom-designed for all characters, as well as bragging rights on the leaderboards.

All Gauntlet adventurers, regardless if they purchase the Lilith the Necromancer Pack DLC, will receive this game update for free on Dec. 11th. Additional challenges will be added in future seasons of The Gauntlet Coliseum to be released on a semi-regular basis.

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 this Summer on PC and Steam Machines!

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
142 of 174 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
So Posted a review for Gauntlet a while back but it wasn't received to well, and they are now putting this game on sale for daily deals so I made a few changes and reposted. hope this one is more helpful. It has no issues or bugs that I have experienced. I have only played a little bit on my own most of my time spent in game was co-op with my wife. For me the entire reason to even play Gauntlet is to do it co-op. In co-op even though you are working together to complete the level there is also a bit of competiton. You strive to get highest kills, most gold, and also to obtain and keep the golden crown which flies off every time you take damage(and I mean flies off, sometimes across the screen). Each character has a unique and individual feel to their combat and attacks. My only regret is that it's not longer(beat the game in about 7 hours). However replay value comes into play with completing different difficulties and experiencing the combat and skills of the other characters. I definetly see myself playing through the game two to three more times.
I don't regret spending $20 on this but %50 off would make it about right I think.

Oh and I could probably live longer and complete the levels with more ease if my wife didn't love being the archer, shooting every piece of food that shows up, stealing all the gold, and using all the revive tokens! She is lucky I love her!!!!

Gauntlet- 7/10
wife- for better or worse, richer or poorer, food or no food!
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86 of 105 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
If you can remember this game the first time around you're probably like me; couple of kids (in thier bed right now), a penchant for all things mystically nostalcic and incredibly thinning hair. Not 40 yet though ...

In short the original was awesome. I remember it taking an age to load (on the speccy) and then spending HOURS with my best mate killing ghosts, skeletons etc. etc.

The reboot definitely lives up to the playability of the original, though times have changed. I'm running it on a machine that makes my 128k speccy look like the first wheel and my partner in rendering 'bum kicking destruction' is my good lady wife.

To be honest, we're not that far in to the game, having only completed the first two scenarios but we've experienced, in no particular order; edge of the seat tension (thanks Death!), tactical analysis, acute tactical deficiencies, where the hell is the next chicken dinner?, smoke breaks, dying (a lot), spamming the B button to do Thor's whirly thing, shouting, heatedly debating, the children, halfway through play, spilling juice all over their bedroom and an EPIC amount of GOLD. This is what a game should be all about :)

Being a Diablo III player I thought that this would be the usual kinda romp through a dungeon with no particular level of difficulty, however, I was totally wrong. This game is hard - playing it solo on normal with Thor will get you killed fairly quickly. Like other games of yesteryear you had to learn them especially when soloing, so I was pretty chuffed when the missus stopped on WoW and decided to have a bash. Better. Much Better.

You really get the benefit of the differing abilities of the characers when you play as a team. We were playing as Thor & Questor (Tank & Damage respectively) and were pretty effective at knocking out the generators/portals or whatever you want to call them.

Hard on two player, No. Challenging, Yes. but that doesn't mean it's not FUN. I've thorougly enoyed the last 3 hours of play and if it wasn't for my eyes about to dry out, I'd probably be on it for a few more tonight.

By comparison Diablo is a bit of a cake walk, if you really want something to get your teeth into, then give this a go, I double dares ya!!!

P.S. I bought the 4 pack which I think is really good value for money. If you're gifting, you'll have a lot of fun with whomsoever you send it to.

P.P.S The kids bedroom carpet is ok ;)

Merry looting!


Fudge
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105 of 152 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
I wont recommend this game to someone looking for a Gauntlet game, but if it's on sale for like $10, id say go for it.

On one hand, the game isn't a "bad game," except for the fact that there are only three areas, which was an enormous disappointment to me when i walked forqard and back thinking i had just missed them. On the other hand, this game is not the Gauntlet you probably know and love. The whole new character design thing is lame, Gauntlet didn't need that type of gameplay.

Then theres the part where there really aren't any items because you get these sort of bonus skills (which are the only thing you use gold for) which are activated by potions (which is the only thing you use potions for). Keys don't roll over after you've completed a level, and neither do potions, and theres really no reason to ever worry about having the exact number of them, you might just miss one or two doors with some gold behind them, which is relatively pointless and not even remotely exciting anyways.

It feels like someone who hasn't played Gauntlet much just took the project and went "Hey, guys, hear me out, I think people want this kind of game!"

All things considered, I didn't go through it hating my life, but I would give it a better ratying if it didn't pretend to be a Gauntlet game. And, again, why so few areas, that really bugs me. I feel like if I paid $10, or $15 i would be okay with it, but I didn't, so I'm not.
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38 of 51 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised by this game. My buddy picked me up a copy to play with him during the Steam sale, so I gave it a try for him. We preceded to beat the 3 areas straight through with no breaks. I have never played a Gauntlet game before and even had to learn the controls at first. I still couldn’t put it down and truly enjoyed my time with the game.

It has high replayability, excellent co-op, and great level design. However, the glaring negative is the lack of content. There are 15 areas that can be beaten around 4 hours. It doesn’t mean after that you will never touch the game again, for the levels can played over and over again yet still give the same excitement.

If you want a great co-op game online and offline, this is the game for you. I now consider myself a fan of the Gauntlet series and this is my first entry played. So you other noobies out there, give it a try if you are on the fence! You might be pleasantly surprised like I was =)
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69 of 107 people (64%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This game is super short. I was expecting someone more like Gauntlet Legacy. It literally has 12 dungeons.

Replayability is crap. There aren't many skills/spells to get and honestly once you've beat the game, there really isn't much to do after that.

If you are looking for the old school gauntlet feel go for it. If you want something like Legacy save your money.
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53 of 82 people (65%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
While its fun for a few hours, the game can be completed on hard (in a party of 2) in about 5 hours. Sure there's replayability but with only 3 areas and 12 (short) levels to choose from, whats the point? Gaunlet legends -a game released on PS1- has more content than this. Perks are mostly useless, not much variety in levels or boss fights and most of the achievements are for grinding. On the plus side the characters keep you entertained at least til the end. 5/10
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Quick to play, quick to discard, Gauntlet is a well made game, blurring the line somewhere between the original arcade Gauntlet and dungeon crawlers like Diablo. It's fun for a few hours, but I doubt many people will come back again after that. More complex skill system than the original Gauntlet, giving the players a few options other than just shoot shoot shoot, but nowhere near as in depth as something like Diablo, Path of Exile, Torchlight which are what the original Gauntlet evolved into.

However, it is fun for those few hours, so the game is recommended - only if you can pay less than ten of your local monies, and in the UK, even that's a bit too much.
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27 of 41 people (66%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
It's fun for a while, I played with a group of friends which made it all the better. I even tried grinding my character up so I could beat the harder game modes. But just like Diablo 3 I got very bored of the grind and quit. There is so little incentive to continue playing the game! Your gold is spent buying new armor that awards you nothing but a different look and no new stats.
Game is easily beat on normal, but to beat it on the hardest mode you have to kill so thousands of the same mobs, forcing you to play the easier level difficulties over and over just get a damage increase versus that monster. Which is where the grind sets in.
With 35 hours play time, I played more than I should have as I was having fun and got sucked into the grind for a little while. But reallity hit and I gave it up after I noticed there was no reward for completing the game on a harder mode.

Also they should have an option to only view the friends list leaderboards, because the world leaderboards are not even fun to look at due to the cheaters.
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27 of 43 people (63%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Insanely short game.
Only 9 dungeons + 3 boss fights. The developers promised more content and now that they releases it, turns out that the new character costs 5€.

I regret buying this.
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25 of 40 people (63%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
I was excited to see Gauntlet, but expected something as legendary as Gauntlet Legends 64. Unfortunately what I got was Gauntlet. It's a simple enough game, beat down waves of enemies to advance through dungeons, faces bosses, and then the game ends. I believe there are a total of 9 dungeons with 3 boss battles. A variety in gameplay can be achieved by making the game more or less difficult, but the dungeons will always be the same, enemies the same (but harder to kill), spawns the same, you get the point.

Finding players seems to be difficult to find, on launch I could find lobbies within a few seconds or have players fill my lobby in a few minutes. Now to fill your lobby could take twenty minutes, and finding a lobby will more likely take you into a lobby already in progress.

Could have been amazing, but was instead a four-hour distraction with little in way of replayability. That replayability is taken away more by no one willing to play. Save your money, or go get an N64 and buy Gauntlet Legends 64, which was an epic adventure with many levels, hours of gameplay and a great variety in enemies and locations.
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32 of 54 people (59%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
+ Arcade in its purest form
+ Different classes
+ Hard

- No procedurally generated content
- Some classes are better than the others (skill ceiling and efectivity)
- Grindy
- Uses WarnerPlay (think of uplay, but in WarnerBrosGames form)
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Elf shot the food.
Valkyrie..you are about to die.
I've not seen such arcane might in centuries...intriguing, wizard.
HAHA! MORE FOR THOR!


Could use more levels but it's entertaining, especially for the completionist, and multiplayer is well built-in and the source of much comedy!
It may seem like some characters have unfair advantages, but they do balance out once you unlock their masteries through play: elf can respawn for free at death, valkyrie takes less damage, wizard negates damage after a few seconds and the warrior regenerates when health dips too low.

Stick with it and you won't be disappointed!
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27 of 45 people (60%) found this review helpful
89.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Gauntlet.. a classic NES game that I played with my family over 20 years ago. This remake isn't the same maze/portal jumping/warrior needs food kind of game as the original, but is instead a modern day iteration that really nails the heart of the game.

THIS GAME IS NOT INTENDED FOR RPG PLAYERS AND IS INSTEAD A DUNGEON CRAWLER HACK N SLASH.

The fun of this game comes from showing your prowess with each of the four characters, which each exhibit their own set of skills and survivability. The joy comes from landing a game with another player (or more) who is as competent as you and navigating your way to victory.

Some reviewers say that you need to grind in order to play the "harder" levels. The truth is you can play on the Unreal difficulty setting from the first minute you pick up the game IF YOU ARE A DECENT VIDEO GAME PLAYER. Most of the thumbs down are CASULS who expect victory to be handed to them.

I will say that the re-playability of the game really comes from enjoying the "social" interaction of viewing others' playing styles and competencies.

highly recommended.
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22 of 36 people (61%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
twelve short levels - 3 of which are boss fights.

Please give us the ability to make our own levels since you're not going to make anymore.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
I have only played Gauntlet for a short time, but will play some more. Gauntlet is exactly what the store page says it is, a dungeon crawler, RPG, Action type game. I found it rather similar to games like Torchlight, but remember Torchlight is its own game, and you dont have a pet in Gauntlet. But you do get to collect lots of loot, and also Turkeys to eat to rekindle your health as you will be up against hoards of zombies and other creatures, that you will encounter as you move along through the dungeons.The characters you play are rather tiny in the game so i hope you have good eye sight, even though they are tiny, i still had fun playing Gauntlet. Also you can play this game with an Xbox controller quite well. It can be played in single player mode or play with up to 4 players or friends including yourself, I tried both single and online and found playing with others was rather more fun except they pinch all the loot and food before i could get to it, so remember to share the food and stash please.

It would be great to join in the game with some friends, and this can be easily set up to do so, if our times allow for convenient game play.

Only negatives I had are :

I had a few issues starting the game as it keeped crashing at the start, but after some persistance and checking the game cache files and a reboot of steam, it ran beautifully. Also to note I have windows 8.1 and the game ran fine, once it decided to launch, so please dont panic about this, as its all just minor issues i encountered, i just felt i had to mention this, incase anyone else has a launching issue.

Also game needs more food pickups to be added aswell, as you tend to die pretty quickly, if your not careful.

I will rate this game 8/10.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I have played my fair share of Gauntlet games in my day. Originally in the arcades, every death meant I had to pump more quarters into the machine. Now, with the series hitting multiple consoles spanning different generations, Gauntlet is back after a rather long hiatus. Is it back to the feelings we all know and love, or was that really just me looking back with rose-tinted glasses? After playing this, I may be going with the latter.

In a very arcadey fashion, Gauntlet puts players in the role of one of four classes. In a top-down view, they will hack and slash (or shoot arrows and fireballs depending on the class) at hoards of enemies while they try to make it through the dungeons while gathering as much gold as they can. Don’t forget getting chased by death himself in some of the more frantic levels.

Progression is done not through leveling up, but through masteries. There are even death masteries that will allow characters to not take as much damage from certain traps if they die enough from them. Basically, doing normal stuff throughout the game will allow players to get better at that certain skill. It’s not groundbreaking in any way, but it at least let me improve my characters.

The classic classes are all back, and each plays very differently from one another. The Warrior is a brutal melee fighter, the Valkyrie utilizes her shield to both block and attack from afar, the Elf uses bows and bombs and the Wizard combines elements to fire off magical attacks. Each has their own play style and really changes up how the player will handle situations, but in the end, most of it is pretty mindless.

The standout here is the co-op play. Online multiplayer with three other people was a frantic, hack n slash mess, but in a good way. Since it didn’t take much thought to play, we ended up have a fun time just hacking away at enemies while talking. Also, fighting for the crown when someone would get hit quickly became the meta-game of it all, even though the crown does nothing except increase points at the end of the level.

The story is minimal at best, but the voice acting that is there, along with the comedic overtones are well done and even made me laugh a few times. Sure, there is no “Sexy pants!” being screamed like in Sacred 3, but the dialog that is there never takes itself seriously and gives off a bit of charm that I enjoyed.

Gauntlet isn’t much of a thinking man’s game. Find a class you like and have at it. The Wizard will be the one most people avoid, but even then, with a few other buddies along for the ride, it can be a rather fun time. Single player can get a bit more monotonous, but it is the same for the multiplayer; just having some others to share in the mindless action helps out a lot.

For $20, players get a rather fun game. Yeah, I still feel more love for the older versions of the game, but I think that’s just the nostalgia in me. Even in single player, I didn’t mind taking on the hoards of enemies with my shield throwing Valkyrie. Jumping online is where the game gets hectic, but way more fun, and the tongue-in-cheek nature of the dialog and story offer up a few laughs at times. I would say pick it up, but if you do, try to at least convince one or two friends to pick it up with you. You’ll all have a more enjoyable time together.

Recommended

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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
The lack of abilty to communicate with other players in-game drove me away from Gauntlet™ shortly after it was released. But since it was updated, implementing a chat feature, I've been having a blast! My only complaint is that a lot of the achievements and character perks are very grindy. Other than that it is a great game and I'm loving it! The smooth gameplay, comical (sometimes annoying xD) dialogue, and hilarious moments with other players make for a great time!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
I bought the 4 pack for my friends and myself so we could play this game together. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation in all of us since we all remember playing earlier versions of Gauntlet.

We played the first world and we were all enjoying it very much. "The warrior needs food." "The wizard shot the food." It was great. But we then began playing the second world and then the third. It was all very much the same. There was little creativity in the theme. I understand that level design can be challenging but each world followed the same pattern. First stage introduces you to the world and some theme on this world. Second stage you run from Death. Third stage has some kind of boss fight at the end. Fourth stage is pure boss battle.

I don't regret the purchase since we have played a lot and will continue on higher difficulty but I would say wait for a sale.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Fun but too small a game. it needs way more maps. I wil change the rating if it ever is patched.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Fun to play. More fun playing with friends.
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