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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November 19

Gauntlet v1.04 (Patch 4) is live!

Hello fellow adventurers!

Thanks to your valuable feedback we have been able to keep working on making Gauntlet the best gaming experience. With Gauntlet v1.04 we have addressed many of your remarks. We are still reviewing more community input and will keep you posted on future patches. Please find the patch notes below.

Patch 4 New Features:

• The Heroes have cried out... and the gods have answered: Heroes can now join in and help each other during the heat of battle.
o Join in progress is now integrated in Gauntlet!

• Heroes will now be able to skip cut-scenes.

• Thor’s abilities have been adjusted to help him compete fiercely during the arduous battles of the Gauntlet!

• Heroes can now text chat to other co-op heroes in-game!
o However please be considerate and do not text chat while fighting.

Bug Fixes

• Questor will now have appropriate language audio at the beginning of the 'Crypts of the Sun King' first chapter, 2nd floor.
o Applicable Languages: French, German, Portuguese (BR), Polish and Russian.

• Valkyries can no longer interrupt spear thrust attack recovery with shield block.

• Heroes will no longer lose their hard earned keys when walking through a previously opened door after they have died.

• Heroes that are traversing the 'Crypts of The Sun King' need not worry! The third statue will always fit in its slot when unlocking the gate.

• Heroes that are traversing the 'Caverns of Mag’Ash' need not worry! The third block will always fit in its slot when unlocking the stone door.

• Re-spawning Heroes should no longer spawn Out of World when joining the battle while their Co-op Heroes are in mid jump.

• Heroes should no longer hear any stuttering music during their Gauntlet experience.

• Heroes will be able to use the 'Siren's Lute' relic while moving or being knocked back without fear of losing any of its effects.

• Enemies will no longer attack at any point while the 'Siren's Lute' is active.

• The 'Golden Feather', ’Ring of Mirrors' and 'Demonic Effigy' relics will no longer target potions.

• The 'Crypt Kicker', 'Cave Crusher' and 'Temple Toppler' Masteries shall no longer incorrectly trigger when dying in the last floor of a chapter.

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October 10

Gauntlet v1.03 (Patch 3) is live!

Hello fellow adventurers,

Thanks to your valuable feedback we have been able to keep working on making Gauntlet the best gaming experience. With Gauntlet v1.03 (Patch 3) we have addressed many of your remarks. Rest assured we are still reviewing more community input and will keep you posted on future patches. Please find the patch notes below.

Bug Fixes
• Heroes are no longer able to fall into lava in Labyrinth of the 3rd Door of the Temple of Dur.
• Solo heroes will no longer be brought back to the main menu when their internet connection is lost.
• Heroes will now see the controller swap button even if their GamePad isn’t connected/supported and be given a pop-up with supported controller information.
• The title shall now launch on the last selected display screen.
• The title should no longer launch minimized and will detect the monitor’s current resolution
• All heroes will be awarded their mastery after defeating Morak.
• We believe that we have identified and implemented a fix for the ‘Gauntlet.exe has stopped working’ error, at launch. If this issue is still observed please report.
• Heroes shall no longer be stuck behind metal doors in the Crypts of the Sun King

Patch 3 Additional changes:
• Subtitle text will no longer clutter the Hero’s shop and pause menu.
• Heroes shall no longer encounter private matches when searching for public matches.
• Several Key binding and Text issues have been addressed and fixed
• Leaderboards: In order to level the playing field we have reset the leaderboards with this patch. Happy high score hunting!

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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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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.

  • “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
27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
176.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Gauntlet, not a game for the faint of heart...

But in reality you just need to have two things to play and enjoy this game - patience (I can't stress this enough) and a love for the classic 'Dungeon Crawler' genre, which has paved the way to many great games in this modern age.

However - you will need to understand what this game is NOT. It is not item / equipment intensive (no matter how much some players will complain), nor is it a game that currently contains plenty of end-game material - and NO, this does not give you the right to complain endlessly when you realise this.
If you are looking for these sorts of games - then you can play a game like Diablo or Path of Exile, because chances are; you will not be able to enjoy this game or understand the uniqueness that it presents.

So what sort of people would enjoy this game? 'Completionists', classic gamers, players who have a group of friends and want to enjoy a co-operative game together (re-experience the 'old days' where gamers would sit together and play on a console), players that have played the Gauntlet gameline since the very beginning, fans of 'Dungeon Crawlers' - the list goes on and on.
It is a game that immerses itself within local competitiveness (just like those times when you would battle your friends in Super Smash Brothers) as well as giving you a darker theme (for the glory of adult themes).

Truely a game that can unleash a multitude of emotions.

Do I recommend this game? Yes
Should you buy this game? Yes
Would you enjoy this game more with friends? Hell Yes!

So leave your ego at the door, sit yourself down and play some Gauntlet.

(If you were looking for gameplay and mechanics information - go here

--- EDIT --- 5/11/14

I have had a few messages saying that 'if I find this version of Gauntlet enjoyable - I must not have played any of the original games'. I laugh at these messages - and to refrain from any further pointless accusations, please refer to the below.

I have wasted many a 'gold coin' playing this game back in the arcades in the 80s (the original and Gauntlet 2) and I am currently arranging shipping to have the one of the original Gauntlet Arcade Machines - delivered to my house.

I have then spent many many hours playing the Nintendo version as well.
I have played the game on the Atari Lynx (Third Encounter).
I rampaged my way through number 3 - on the Commodore 64.
Legends, Seven Sorrows, Dark Legacy on Playstation 1 and 2 respectively.
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26 of 43 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
I had never played any of the Gauntlet series in the past but my friend was a BIG TIME fan of the series and convinced me to buy this game on release. We started playing and at first nostalgia struck for my friend, but after that it just became the same thing over and over again. To start we ended up beating the entire game on hard difficulty in only a few hours. Every level was pretty much the same design with the same type of monsters with just graphical differences. It was almost like they imported the same monsters same soul stones and just made them look different. The bosses on the other hands were sometimes buggy and not very challenging at all. We found that the first boss we fought was significantly harder than the last one. So far you would think this is a decent game with a few repetetive things that might be a little too easy. But that's not the worst of it. After you build up all yours coins you can buy a few "relics" that really don't do much to help you and usually you forget all about them anyways, but the worst part is that you can spend all your hard earned coins on "Armor and weapons" WHICH ARE PURELY COSMETIC! If they actually had a bonus or made you better. With all that said let's go over the pros and cons once again.

Way too easy unless you're playing the hardest difficulty
Found some graphical bugs that made me have to restart mid-game
Hardly any puzzles non of which are challenging
Nothing of value to spend your coins on making collecting them kind of pointless
Lazy level design with more of the same things you've already seen with a graphical revamp

A decent co-op experince even if it's too easy
Pretty good graphics all around
Very Diverse characters and abilities

I wouldn't recommend buying this game because it does not nearly live up to the hype, but if you are a hardcore Gauntlent fan and really must have it I'd say wait for it to go on sale.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
It's fine game, but after a while you might experience "repetitiveness" which will make you bored.
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Do not buy if you're looking for an old gauntlet experience, this game fails at that on so many levels. I wont bother to list them. Just read the other reviews for this game and you will understand why this game doesn't work for nostalgia trip.

Only pro is that you can play it with your friends, everything else is a con, especially the "arena battles", where the game locks you in a room and forces you to fight enemies.

I admit that I was hoping for a old gauntlet like smash 'em to pieces with single hit, not this kind of puke like every hack n' slash rpg where you have to slash a single enemy a hundred times before it dies, and most of all that ♥♥♥♥es me off, this game is so bad at this. Baldurs gate dark alliance was better on a console than this game!

Maybe I'll just stick to the emulators and try to remember the good old days with my cousin, playing this awesome game, before this crap. I recommend the same thing to anyone who's looking at this game and thinking "maybe I should buy it for nostalgia". I was stupid enough to buy it "pre-order"... I feel like they cheated with their promises, but hey, I'm the stupid one for believing it before it was launched.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Not the same as the older versions, but glad they are still continuing the game and hopefully improve over future. I think they should bring in the skill tree rather than random items and only activated by potions. The potions were originally there to kill anyone in the area including death. Bring that back! :D
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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!

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Albeit a bit laggy, the multiplayer is what MAKES this game. Super fun in groups and really does feel reminiscent of the old arcade game.'s not so much fun, but just never play this game alone and I'd totally recommend it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Really fun arcade dungeon crawler. Amusing solo, but it really shines with multiple friends playing together.
Only real downsides is that gold doesn't seem to carry over when you quit the game (although you get to keep your loadout), and that the ending is a bit dissapointing. Wasn't expecting any deep storyline, but something more than essentially a one word dialogue would be nice.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Fun to play. More fun playing with friends.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
87.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
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.


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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Repetitive but hard and great in multiplayer. Not so if you play alone.
If you don't care about the repetitive part. It can keep you interested.
Okay price for the game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Game is immensely fun playing with others, but feels empty when alone given the simple game mechanics. Would advise having friends to play with if you plan on picking it up!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
87.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I do love the game. While the fun hack and slash co-op feel of the original is wonderfully preserved, the new reboot adds new depth through diversifying the playstyles of the classes. The in-game interaction between the 4 heroes who are old friends (since 1985) is endearing and nostalgic, the music and stages are beautiful. Controls feel nice and fluid, and the difficulty levels are well balanced.

While many of the negative reviews are true (ie: short content, lack of communication features, need for better matchmaking), the developers of the game do monitor the forums for feedback.

Bottom line is: it is great fun, and there's more to come.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Severly disappointed. I expected the next step In gauntlet, An all powerful foe, some great thing to work up towards. But no, just a few medicore items and thats really it. The spawners dont have their old feel to it either. Nothing like the old gauntlet games, 3/10
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It's alright, maybe worth getting on the cheap, but I think my friends and I were a little underwhelmed and lost interest quickly.

We'd all played Gauntlet back in the 80's, and while this does generally stay true to the basics (characters, keys, potions etc), the level design just seems lazy and linear. Linear's not a bad thing in games, but in this instance it takes an already simple game and points you forward. With limited character attacks that soon become repetitive, and only the illusion of character skill trees/progression, it all adds up to you thinking you could spend your time better elsewhere.

The levels are split into 3 sets of 4, with each of those 3 sets having it's own theme. One of those themes is mostly dark caves where the only light source is a slight glow around your character, which doesn't really add to the atmosphere, it just makes it annoying to navigate. Each themed set is also very samey.. I think they've been a bit lazy and could have not only put ALOT more levels in, but also more variety. Kinda feels like a tablet game in that respect.

On the plus side, it's a bit of fun with friends, especially with the difficulty up when in rooms where you get swarmed, but unfortunately it mostly lacks any real frantic play.

If you like working on Achievements, you'll find a third of the achievements are for playing very badly, another third for progress, and the last third for playing way more than you really want to.

I'd give the game a neutral rating if I could, but in honesty I don't think it has enough to recommend it.. seems like development was a bit lazy, although it's not buggy or anything.. just design choices really.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Great LAN game. Even better when paired with Gandlof epic sax video.

Wizard needs sax.
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