The classic Gauntlet 4-player co-op action gameplay returns in a completely new experience! Battle the endless hordes of foes as you and your friends fight for treasure and glory via both local and online co-op multiplayer. Invade the Darkness!
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

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“Arrrowhead has beautifully restored Gauntlet to its former glory.”
4.5/5 – Hardcore Gamer

“Gauntlet is the perfect party game. It brings people together while tearing them apart.”
8/10 – Shacknews

“Arrowhead hits its mark”
8/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

The classic Gauntlet 4-player co-op action gameplay returns in a completely new experience! Play as one of four distinct heroes in an intense monster filled dungeon brawler with a combination of both uniquely built and randomly generated levels to explore. Battle the endless hordes of foes as you and your friends fight for treasure and glory via both local and online co-op multiplayer. Invade the Darkness!

New Gauntlet Experience
Classic dungeon crawling action is melded with innovative new features for the ultimate Gauntlet challenge.

Online and Couch Co-op Multiplayer
Explore on your own if you dare or play with friends in 4-player same-screen and online co-op. Your friends can become foes as you compete to see who can claim the most kills and the most gold.

Four Classic Characters
Gauntlet’s four classic characters: Warrior, Valkyrie, Elf, and Wizard return but with more distinctive play styles and their own unique skills.

Discover New Powers
Players can scour the dungeons for gold and loot to unlock mystical Relics that grant the holder deadly new abilities. But beware – if used incorrectly they can be detrimental to your party’s health!

How Will You Die?
Fiendish traps, monstrous hordes, epic bosses and even your own friends will cause you to die in confounding and extraordinary ways.

  • “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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This review is a toss-up between recommend or not. It's not a great game, but it isn't awful either. This is simply a mediocre twin stick shooter that does nothing to set itself apart from other games in the genre. There is no story, no intrigue, and hardly any funny humor (there's plenty of bad humor). You merely walk through level after level, killing whatever enemies you encounter along the way. Sometimes you don't even have to kill the enemies and can merely run past them. The game is fun for a few hours with friends, and that is why I chose the Thumbs Up instead of Thumbs Down review. I don't recommend it if you're going to play alone or hop in with random people online.

Here are my main points of discontent:

The characters attack too slowly, making it easy to get swarmed on all sides and unable to move or do anything, causing you to die. There is not nearly enough gold available so you can't upgrade enough of your equipment. The game forces you to g rind for hours in endless mode just to get enough gold to upgrade a single character to the best equipment. Hopefully you never ever want to try out one of the other characters, else you'll have to start the grind all over again.

There are hardly any useful items for you to purchase, and most of the upgrades you can get are just for appearance. None of the choices for the combat equipment (weapon, potion power, and relic power) really provide any meaningful help for you fight better. Oh, they are certainly necessary and you'll want them upgraded fully, but they cost ridiculous sums of gold for the most minor of benefits. I honestly found that most of my character's default equipment was better than any of the items I purchased, and that's just dumb.

The game also has a silly mechanic that allows you to accidentally (or intentionally) destroy food, taking away the ability for you to heal. This is supposed to be funny, but in practice it's just annoying, especially on the levels that are so dark you can't even see where anything is. Food is also often placed behind objects you have to destroy, making it likely you'll accidentally destroy your meal instead of eating it for the health you desperately need.

The final boss is nearly impossible on Normal difficulty yet ridiculously easy on Easy difficulty. I made no less than 40 attempts on Normal with various friends. We could get to the final wave of enemies before killing the boss, but we always ended up dying. I hate when games make the final boss stupidly difficult just to increase play time. It's a dumb practice that just makes players resent the game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
É um bom Game , mais deixa a desejar em algumas coisas ,
recomendo jogar cooperativo, torna o jogo melhor.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Great game. Lots of fun and many upgrades and characters to choose from. Great multiplyer aspect that works well!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Joined ONLY game beign played. 2 people in it. Hadn't played in months, got kicked. Game is pretty dependent on the Multiplayer to be fun. Sadly another game is crap.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
If you think you're going to have fun, then prepare to be dissapointed. Most of the newcomers who read this review will probably think that I'm full of it, and shrug it off. Want to know what happens to them? They will start playing the game, but not have any fun at the beginning. What happens next? They keep playing because they anticipate the fun to eventually come to them as the game plays out. But it never comes. They will keep sinking more hours into the game and expecting to eventually have fun. At the end of the day, they will find themselves finishing the game without ever truly being entertained, and will realize the game went by in a flash, not because it is fun, but because they instinctively turned off their brain the entire time they were droning through the game, as if they were in a coma. But the fun doesn't end there (although technically it never started). They will be targeted by the hatred of their three other friends whom were victimized into playing the game. They will then fall into a deep spiral of guilt-ridden depression and alcoholism as they lose their closest friends one by one because of the magnitude of this mistake. Finally, after years of unemployment and failed marriages, they will be found in one of the top posts in the subreddit /watchpeopledie as they kick the bucket in some spectacular way.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This has none of the aspects that made the old gauntlet fun. Everything that was cool and original has been left out of this game. This game is nothing but a boring mindless dungeon crawl.
It's basically like diablo 3 was to diablo 2. A sequal to a great game made by different people with whole new ideas... that are completely unoriginal, uninteresting and uncreative. Worthless trash. 4/10 would not buy again.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Super clunky compared to past iterations of the Gauntlet™ Franchise.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
fantastic fun
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Simple, fun, a great remake true to the original. Make sure you play with a friend!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
2,251 of 2,460 people (92%) found this review helpful
117 people found this review funny
101.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
You've already read the other reviews. You already know this is supposed to be an updated and modernized verion of the arcade classic. You already know how they tried to make each character unique, with new elements: twin-stick shooting, MMO tactics, RPG progression, element-mixing magic. You already know there's both couch and online co-op.

And you know the other reviews aren't answering the one, fundamental question. One that's hard to vocalize without sounding trivial. It's about something that can't be measured, can't be analyzed or quantified. It's about a feeling, a memory.

Is this Gauntlet? Is this *really* Gauntlet?

And the answer involves a flashback. Sorry in advance.

1985 -- A group of 15 and 16 year-olds hits the arcade to get their videogame fix. They were a standard 80s group of teens -- the preppie, the punk, the jock, the girl. It was a group that didn't outwardly have much in common. But not long ago, they discovered by accident two shared passions among them: video games, and Dungeons and Dragons.

That day in the arcade, they saw something. Something new, something different, a game that spoke to both gamers in each of them. Pixellated swords and sorcery. Four, count 'em, four players at once. Four characters, four classes, four roles. All working towards a common goal: the next level.

These four unlikely friends each took a spot before the grand machine, somehow choosing characters in coordinated silence. No discussion, just unspoken agreement. The girl became Warrior, strongest of all. The punk became Valkyrie, protector of the group. The preppie became Elf, rogue and rebel. The jock became Wizard, cerebral and calm.

The next hours were epic.

Fast-forward to 2014. An old gamer sees an updated Gauntlet. He sighs, remembering Dark Legacy and other kind-of fun but failed attempts to update and recreate the arcade classic. But the reviews look positive, and YouTube videos show fun-looking gameplay. What the heck, there's even a sale on 4-packs.

The next hours were epic ...

The answer is yes.

Yes, this is Gauntlet.

(first Steam review ever, thanks for reading)
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3.1 hrs
Posted: October 28
♥♥♥♥ game. was a huge fan of gauntlet legends and gauntlet dark legacy but unfortunately this is nothing like either of those. completely cardboard boring piece of soulless trash. i feel bad saying this ♥♥♥♥ because my friend bought me the game but its seriously terrible.
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18.0 hrs
Posted: October 27
If you're expecting a remake to the original arcade Gauntlet,(video below) I recomend this game.

If you're expecting a Gauntlet Dark Legacy remake,(video below) I don't recommend this game.

If you're new to Gauntlet I recommend it. It's a fun laid back coop game. It's not trying to be the next Diablo. Gauntlet has always been about smashing through waves of enemies down endless dungeons with other people. Grabbing all the gold and not shooting the food. Only one copy needed for couch coop.
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[SUN] Dust038
23.9 hrs
Posted: October 27
Background: I remember playing Gauntlet on the Arcade Box in "Random Shopping Mall my parents took me to in the 90s."

Combat Mechanics: Level based Top-down enemy killing mayhem! Classic Arcade Class choices, from Wizard, to Barbarian, to Elf. All Direct ports from previous installments of the Gauntlet Series, but with some extras! Classes have special abilities and can equipment different equipment pieces to give them extra flair and combat options. Fast paced gameplay with a Susvival Tower mode for those inclined. Necromancer with DLC is balanced and can hold her own just like the other Base Character options.

Party Banter is a nice addition and the Dungeon Master Voiceover really sets a great mood for the game.

Comparison to the MAME Arcade version: Obvious grapihcal improvements, fluidity of controls, and 4 play Co-op on the Steam network makes finding companions easy.

Final Thoughts: It's a great blast from the past party game. It goes on sale in 4 Packs every once and a while.
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13.9 hrs
Posted: October 26
Slayer Edition is terrible.
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38.2 hrs
Posted: October 23
This game right here is a very good game if you like games where you get gold and buy new items and skills for your different characters. There are four different classes in the game excluding the dlc. With the dlc they add a fifth character. It is basically exactly like the old gauntlet gameplaywise. Really the only difference is that Warner Brothers made this game and the graphics are really good. It's really addicting. It's worth the price, Trust me.
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Translucently Opaque
15.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
I was really disappointed in the lack of classes and content. I grew up on Gauntlet: Dark Legacy and I really wished that there had been more class/gender/color combinations, as well as more levels.

Lacking, unimpressed overall, but still fun to play with friends (though any halfway decent game is fun with good company).
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17.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
Challenging game, more fun if you play co-op with your friends [ if u have any :') ]
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Amber Baal
1.9 hrs
Posted: October 21
Other games of the same type of genre are better, spend your money elsewhere.
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12.1 hrs
Posted: October 19
This game is great fun, especially once you start playing with friends. Every class feels unique from one another, requiring a different approach to the game with their different strengths and weaknesses. It's a fun game to sit down with and play for a short time, or if you really get into it, it can be great fun to experiment with the different abilities your character can have, based on the weapons and relics you equip yourself with.
If I have any gripes with this game, it's that the DLC necromancer... honestly kind of stinks. And the alternate costumes for each character can take awhile to unlock.
If you like hack-and-slash dungeon crawling games, then this will scratch that itch for you.
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