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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May 20

Gauntlet Season 4 is Live Now!

Colosseum SEASON 4 is now open to all adventurers! Test your skills and courage, but be careful; dangers lurk around every corner.

The next season change is set to take place on July 8th.

Season 4 is not the only thing we have in store for you, stay tuned for more exciting news about Gauntlet later in the week!

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May 8

Gauntlet Colosseum Season 4 Announcement

Hello Adventurers,

While we continue to work on bringing some exciting new content to the game - something which I hope will please all of you - the new season switch over will take place as usual.

There are just a couple of weeks left to assert your dominance in Season 3 of the Colosseum. So start preparing for Season 4, which will go live on the 20th May!

Don’t forget, you can always find all the latest Gauntlet announcements on the Gauntlet Facebook page or @playgauntlet on Twitter.

For more information about the studio you can visit the Arrowhead website

/Lucy - Arrowhead

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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 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
64 of 95 people (67%) 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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76 of 117 people (65%) 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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42 of 59 people (71%) 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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38 of 56 people (68%) 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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32 of 47 people (68%) 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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31 of 47 people (66%) 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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14 of 20 people (70%) 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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10 of 13 people (77%) 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 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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36 of 64 people (56%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
75.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
gauntlet: ruiner of friendship

u shot the turkey, that was my turkey?
dude ur takin all the gold???
why??? do u take all the gold???
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Gauntlet 2014 is a couch co-op action-adventure game with competitive elements. Before I start this review, I have to say that I am not a fan of the original series. Sure, I played a couple of games way back when, then I played games influenced by them, then I got this. I put the game on "Hard" because I'm a real man and played it from start to finish with two friends. All I have to say is, don't buy this game.

It's competitive aspect falls flat on it's face purely because gold is useless in this game. Players are encouraged to steal relic potions because they are scarce, steal the crown because it effectively doubles your earnings and to generally perform better than their friends in order to get a larger cut of your earnings. With gold you can upgrade your relics, except you don't have to - most of a relic's potential is already available to you from the get-go, besides, you barely get to use relics anyway. You can also spend gold on cosmetic pieces, a grand total of ten per character, excluding pre-order content, that you can barely see because you lose track of your character so often.

This game is badly optimized, a staple of Arrowhead games since Magicka, even though it's not graphically impressive. There isn't much difference between low and high settings anyway, aside for VSync and FXAA. Because of a generally drab, boring and sterile aesthetic you lose track of your character easily. It's also severely lacking in enemy variety, averaging in five enemy types per zone.

There are three zones in total, three chapters plus boss each. A chapter typically takes around twenty minutes to complete, and even that is generous. As long as you are not terrible or don't lose time quarelling, you can breeze through the game. There is a separate survival mode, Colosseum, but it's short and it's rewards, three cloaks, aren't very tempting.

As you can see, I haven't said anything positive yet, because that is of little importance. Sure, the characters were nice, the dialogue was fun, the passive mastery learning system was somewhat interesting, but having all that robbed us of actual ♥♥♥♥ing progression and strategy development. If you are looking for a Gauntlet comeback, I suggest you try Hammerwatch. If you are looking for some co-op action, I suggest you try Hammerwatch, no, I implore you to try Hammerwatch. Not this, please. It does not get better.
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12 of 21 people (57%) 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.


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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
It's a good game but all you see in the trailer is all the game is. There's nothing else because this is a short game. I would recommend it for 5 bucks but not more because Gauntlet can't offer more than 8-10 fun hours. It would be an awesome game if it had more content but it only has 3 quick areas... it's not worth the money.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
The Quick Review

A very short and a not too awfully fun game. If it's on sale for about 80% percent off, then I might recommend it if you have some friends that would want to crank up the difficulty and have a few beers a couple of nights.

Some quick negatives:
- it is extremely short
- not much character selection
- you can't unlock the "hidden" character, you have to buy him with real money....
- extremely repetitive. Levels were made with much copy and paste

The Report

My wife is a huge Gauntlet fan. The old school Gauntlet on Nintendo 64 was once of her favorite games, so naturally we grabbed this as soon as it went on sale. As soon as I loaded the game and was looking at the few choices presented for character selection, I noticed at the bottom of the list the Necromancer character with a lock over his name. My first thought was "cool, you probably get him after beating the game or something."
That's what I had hoped anyway. Then the more seasoned side of my brain said "wait a minute, this is 2014. I bet you have to buy it." Quick Google search later and yes, you have to pay to unlock the "hidden" character. For me, this was an instant down vote with very little hope of being saved.

Then we started playing... The only character that is really worth anything is the Valkyrie. She has everything:

- A ranged move, which is throwing her shield. Small cool down
- A shield to defend with
- Sword for up close quick attacks that deal good damage
- A spear she can use to charge through hordes with. Insta-killing most

So what does the warrior get? An axe and a low IQ, which is humorous at times but gets old rather quickly. He can swing … and swing. No defense whatsoever. You do get some perks to help later, but still, it's very annoying to just be able to run in with no defense options.

The archer? A bow that does little to no damage, and a bomb. The bomb is useful, but your friends will probably kill everything before it goes off anyway.

The wizard? Believe it or not he's not bad. He can mix and match up to nine spells, which does make playing him pretty entertaining. But there is something about him that just doesn't make you want to keep using him. The spells get a little boring after a while, and a couple of them could really use some tweaking.

Keep in mind the above mention of the wizard is just my opinion. He can be a good character to use if you adjust yourself to his playstyle. The warrior and archer, however, are seriously lacking some needed adjustments.

All that being said, you'd expect to find everybody running around with either a Valkyrie or Wizard, right? Well, two people can't play the same character, so two of your friends are going to soon not be your friends.

As for the rest of the game? Short and repetitive. It's really sad how short this game is considering how many times they just copy and pasted when making the levels. Even some of the bosses are duplicates, just with different models. The first set of levels is alright, but once you've done those four, you've seen all this game has to offer. There were honestly moments when we were playing that I thought I had picked the same level again, or we had messed up and it was making us redo a floor for some reason. They were that similar.

My final opinion of this game:
Just another cheap rip off that was crapped out by another gaming company that is no longer interested in making a good game. They too have fallen into the get rich quick schemes and make more for less. Finished product? Better chop it up and sell some off as DLC.

It’s wise not to pay full price for a game in today’s market. Also, NEVER pre-order a game, pay to be a beta tester, or support DLC. Maybe once upon a time those things were alright, but the video game market is exploiting it now, taking away your hard earned money and giving you nothing in return.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I was so excited when I found out about this, as it was my childhood game, but it turned out not to be quite what I expected. It isn't exactly bad, but it becomes extremelly repetitive fast.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
Unplayable due to terrible controls.

Fighting and moving are very difficult. It's hard to get your character to do what you tell it to. There are a bunch of special moves and combos and such, but you end up doing them in the wrong direction or missing the enemy that is right next to you.

It starts in a tutorial level. There is one enemy zombie, just walking around in a circle, slowly. You have to kill the zombie. It takes 1 or 2 hits. But doing that will take 5-10 tries and getting the 15 feet to the enemy will require effort.

It is frustrating.

Of note is that I have 0.2 hours into this game, and that is the most of anybody in my friends list.
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