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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July 23

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition Coming August!

Nearly 30 years ago Morak first took his place in the Gauntlet to shape it to his will and torment any adventurer daring to brave its depths. Last year he made his re-appearance to challenge champions on PC, and your cries for more ways to thwart his evil plans were heard.
Now, it has been decreed that the heroes of Gauntlet must vanquish Morak’s minions once more, in ways unimaginable this August!

We are happy to announce that Gauntlet: Slayer Edition will be a free upgrade for all current and future owners of Gauntlet on PC when it is released on August 11th. As we had hinted at earlier, this has been in the works now for a while and it’s been so frustrating not being able to just tell everyone the news right away.

We’ve been enhancing a lot of the assets in the game, both Characters and Environments, as well as improving on the game mechanics.
This time around, we wanted to explore the Heroes and their Abilities more in-depth giving them a bigger toolset for players to explore, as well as a new Game Mode in which to exercise their rights as self-proclaimed monster slayers.

Since Hero Equipment plays a larger role now, we have reworked the loadout mechanic so that it can be done by four players simultaneously and regardless of game mode. We have added Weapon abilities, and the Relics and Potions also work differently now.

For the story campaign, we wanted to give the feeling that you are descending deeper and deeper into the Gauntlet, while at the same time giving players more control over level selection. We have also pushed the differences in each environment more, increasing variation both visually and in monster encounters.

Since all our focus has been needed on this free upgrade for PC, regretfully, the SteamOS version of the game has been cancelled. We hoped to have had that version ready by the time Valve had officially launched it later this year, but together with WBIE, it was decided that our limited resources were better dedicated to making the PC version the best it possibly could be. In our judgment that’s both what you PC players deserve, and what the PS4 version needs for the August release. We’re hoping that instead, you will enjoy the updates coming next month in Gauntlet: Slayer Edition as much as we do ourselves!

That’s some of the stuff we’ve been working on these past months, but more details to come shortly in following posts. Prepare to Re-Invade the Darkness this Summer!

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July 9

Gauntlet Colosseum Season 5 Now Live!

Colosseum SEASON 5 is now open to all brave adventurers!

Test your skills and knowledge against the many foes that await for you in the darkness!

Season 5 will run until the Gauntlet: Slayer Edition update.

Good luck!

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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

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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!

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.

  • “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

    • 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
    • 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
324 of 382 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
4 players = 8/10
3 players = 7.5/10
2 players = 7/10
1 player = 0.5/10
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64 of 88 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I wanted to like this and I've put in a few hours trying to like it, but it has too many flaws to really recommend it - esp for single player where some of the classes are simply no fun to play (they vary in difficulty ENORMOUSLY)

I really dislike the way you have to play through set block of levels in a single playthrough - die/quit and you'll take little away - so it's a game of grind which doesn't even reward all your grind!!

The progression system is all grind too - and sadly, some of the unlocks are pointless tat and it lacks variety so you'll be hacking through the same stuff over and over and over and over finding our what's worth having.

There is variation in the classes of course - some are more/less viable solo and some require genuine skill to play in a group (you can easily be more harm than good) and I think the spell system on the Wizard (Magicka stylee) is really, really out of place (from too-few skills to FAR too many)

It COULD have been a better if they'd gone for fewer 'grind-based' unlocks, added more content and better balanced the classes (esp for single-player) but - well - it's not and I guess it never will be.

YMMV - it's better with friends - it's far from the Gauntlet game we deserve.
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10

+ A good graphical upgrade/re-creation of the original Gauntlet, with unique designs and animations for each character, as well as voice-acting for each of them
+ The integration of 4 player co-op makes the journey through the game much more entertaining; distinctive playable roles allow players to tailor to their own playstyles and give the game some variety in the gameplay department.


- The hack-and-slash gameplay becomes extremely repetitive, very quickly; even more so with the re-used level design. With a poor upgrade/shop system (both relics and passive bonuses require excessive grinding and offer negligible improvements to your character for the most part), the gameplay can be difficult to stomach the further you progress
- The fixed camera and limited perspective make losing your character on-screen (mainly in co-op) and getting hit at the edge of the screen when you can’t see an enemy a more frequent occurrence than they should be. Having to effectively remove the HUD in order to see your character at the bottom of the screen should not be a prerequisite
- With a 5 ½ hour campaign (Hard difficulty in co-op) encompassing 12 short chapters, combined with little to no story at all, and topped off with unimaginative boss fights... there is zero replayability here outside of a forgettable arena mode.


“An immensely mediocre dungeon-crawling experience, Gauntlet can be enjoyable in limited dosages with friends. However the monotony of the gameplay completely drags it down, making it unbearably boring for the majority of it. The game does have an arcade feeling to it, but sadly this can’t overthrow the limited gameplay on offer.”

6/10 TJBs
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
577.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
WARNING: If you are looking for a storytelling game move along
WARNING2: long review

Firstly,i was not a gauntlet gamer when it was out for nes so i cant say much,i just bought it because i was curious after watching some gameplay videos and a good friend of mine suggested me that for the coop, however, i will try to describe every in game thing without spoilering it.

-CLASSES: You will have access from the very beginning to every class without restrictions except for the Necromancer which is actually unlocked for 5€ as dlc.

Elf Archer: ranged can drop bomb on the ground for a big circle explosion or sniper shot enemies (one shot which can be combined with his bomb)

Valkyrie: melee which uses spear as heavy attack. Fast melee swings. She can use her shield to reflect enemy projectiles and protect allies, as well as throw it to instant kill a group of mob.

Thor (warrior): cleave and charge are the path to victory. Warrior is immune while charging and can end his charge with a powerful attack.

Wizard: the only class that can use 9 different skills. His skills are magicka based (button combinations to trigger a specific skill). Hard to master and very powerful. Spells can be prepared before run into a crowded room.

Lilith (Necromancer): She use souls collected from kills to summon minions. the more the souls, the more will be the minions power. Her Hammerstop is very strong and useful.

-EQUIP: Gauntlet is a matter of skill only. Bewared. Gear can be unlocked finishing a certain chapter as i will mention later, but it will not influence your spell/skills damage. It is only for character appereance.

-SKILLS: There is any skill tree in this game. There are masteries, which are some "in game achievements" that can be unlocked doing some specific things described in the linked mastery in the "competences" section.
To mention some of them: they can make you move faster, will make you do a little more damage at a specific type of mob or drop less gold when you die (which can be gathered from other team members).

You will have a top gold counter in the screen that you will see growing when EVERY team member is gathering gold during runs, BUT it will be not shared equally within party members at the end of instance, instead, it will be divided on party depending on how much gold you/they have taken.I personally think it is a huge problem,however it can be fun in terms of competition.
Just saying: at the moment there are alot of veterans running even hard mode for killing time who dont really need gold, so if you are lucky enough they will skip it and will let you gather as much as you can.
Gold can be used to buy equipment and relics from the vendor in the main hall

RELICS: When you will start a game, you wil notice that at both sides of your main skill, displayed on the bottom of the screen, there are 2 emtpy spaces. These are the places where you will put your relics. Relics are items that can be bought from the shop in the main hall for the gold and upgraded 3 time max. These special skills will allow you to use specific abilities for a short time,consuming a "potion" that can gathered during every instance. (tip: potions are not shared in party members, so take them carefully depending on what you and your team mates have selected in relics).
There are several useful relics in the game and i wont spoiler them in the review but even if you will see that people will mostly use only 2 of them, every relic is helpful for some specific situation or encounter, both soloing or for supporting your group.

Potions,food,barrels,crates can be destroyed (there are also achievements for destroying things) with attacks,so be carefull,expecially to not attack potions,they really can be life savers in specific situations.

Starting the game will bring you to the main room. From here, you can access an instance at the desired difficult (the difficult level can be selected before selecting a class when you create or access an already started game). At the beginning you wont be able to select every instance,meaning that you need to unlock them doing them one by one in every diffucult level,for example, if you ended the game in normal mode you need to unlock the stages that you have already done in hard mode and the same goes for unfair coming from hard mode.

There are 12 chapters to be played. Ever chapter has 3 floors and the last floor of every chapter is a bit harder then the other 2.
Every 4 chapter you have to kill a boss which unlocks the access to the new chapters along with new equipment pieces.
Ending a game (except unfair) is pretty fast,but if you decide to master every single class,it will require you to grind alot for completing masteries (the ones that gives you bonuses) and patience for achievements.

My personal feeling about this game is that this can be a good compromise for those who are looking for a game that is fast,no queue times,for who is looking for a good hack n slash, and for those who needs a mmo feeling too. Yes its not, but it gives the impression.
Playing on coop on unfair can be really fun if not taken too seriously while pugging and emotes are sometimes hilarious.

Update--July 2015 New content is coming soon:
On this summer a new edition will come out including the ps4 release and more things to do in game.
i will keep this part updated to let newcomers know if this game still worths the try/its price
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Anyone with fond memories of the arcade classics should resist nostalgia - at least for this entry in the series. It's bare, repetitive (even by Gauntlet standards), anticlimactic, and wholly disappointing.
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