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.

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Alkxzv
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
Very repetitive. They also promised a SteamOS version and never delivered.
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on|in|no
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
Awesome game! God I remember all my gametime with my cousins on Dreamcast playing Gauntlet.
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Cube
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Great game. True to the old arcade and NES gauntlets even has some of the music.
you can play it online. and its a good PC version if you play it with a gamepad I cant tell the diff between pc and PS4 other than PC looks better.
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MGarceau
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
Gauntlet is a nice reboot of this classic franchise. The classes and style will be familiar with anyone interested in the ARPG genre.

While there is nothing particularly new with this franchise reboot - meaning it plays it remarkably safe and close to home plate - what it does offer is solid. Gameplay, sound design, art-style, level design are all good.

A recommended title to those familiar with the ARPG genre.
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Bomoo
14.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
In the same vein as another review I wrote today, this latest version of the game (i.e. "Slayer" edition) is an abominable and unmitigated travesty of the game that I purchased a few months after its launch. Essentially what happened was Arrowhead announcing they were ceasing development of the game and pushing out one final patch. No problems so far. Except that patch turned Gauntlet into a completely different game from the one I'd been playing and enjoying. We're not talking some balance tweaks here and there, or even what you might see between a core game and its expansion, but rather something more along the lines of a loosely inspired sequel or spinoff that turns a beloved original title into a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ized, dumbed down wreck while simultaneously robbing you of the ability to enjoy the original, which sequels don't tend to do.

And now that the game has decisively been ♥♥♥♥♥♥ on and lit on fire by the wise masters of game design at Arrowhead, they draw their hands back from it and call it complete. Utter waste of money buying it now that whatever enjoyment and fun the original game held has been so decisively erased. It's even a waste of money if you hadn't played it before the "Slayer" patch, as if Arrowhead reached into your game library, pulled the Gauntlet case out, smashed the game disc on the ground, and filled the case with a handful of feces before replacing it on your shelf. What a class act.
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Mr.Shpee
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
Had my friend carry me through all the stages but it has a nice feel and a different approach to a game.
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Revize
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
good for about 15 minutes and then you realise there's no inventory or anything like that. go play balders gate dark alliance instead, trust me
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.:DoD:. M34t
21.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
A guy told me to get this game... he is now my friend.

Hurry, before they run out!
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Astrix
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 24
A true update of the legendary arcade game.
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SuperKiller2
8.9 hrs
Posted: August 23
Fun game, better with a friend.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
In the same vein as another review I wrote today, this latest version of the game (i.e. "Slayer" edition) is an abominable and unmitigated travesty of the game that I purchased a few months after its launch. Essentially what happened was Arrowhead announcing they were ceasing development of the game and pushing out one final patch. No problems so far. Except that patch turned Gauntlet into a completely different game from the one I'd been playing and enjoying. We're not talking some balance tweaks here and there, or even what you might see between a core game and its expansion, but rather something more along the lines of a loosely inspired sequel or spinoff that turns a beloved original title into a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ized, dumbed down wreck while simultaneously robbing you of the ability to enjoy the original, which sequels don't tend to do.

And now that the game has decisively been ♥♥♥♥♥♥ on and lit on fire by the wise masters of game design at Arrowhead, they draw their hands back from it and call it complete. Utter waste of money buying it now that whatever enjoyment and fun the original game held has been so decisively erased. It's even a waste of money if you hadn't played it before the "Slayer" patch, as if Arrowhead reached into your game library, pulled the Gauntlet case out, smashed the game disc on the ground, and filled the case with a handful of feces before replacing it on your shelf. What a class act.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Great fun with friends. Reminds me of the original arcade game rather than the N64 game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
good stuff for couch-coop. Would like to see more games like this for PC
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I don't usually write reviews. But I can safely say. I DO NOT LIKE THIS GAME. It gets so ungodly repetitive after the first few missions and if you play by yourself (like I did) the game is so very unbalanced. Enemies will surround you and no matter what class you're playing there is no dodging that. Your health drops faster than a led balloon by even the weakest enemies. Lets not also mention that the coloseum is basically impossible after the third round, also no matter what your character is. In order to even get some what good you need good equipment and equipment takes quite a bit to get. If you have friends over a lot and you need to play something, This could be a good time waster. Maybe find some enjoyment out of it for a good hour or two. But after that it just gets too boring. To sum it all up, if you are planning on playing this game by yourself. You will find it stupidly hard. (if you play on normal atleast, as did I, which could also contribute to its difficulty but none the less. Normal shouldnt be Hard, you know?) If you have friends, this might be a fun game for a while. For its price I suppose its not all bad. However I did get a load of DLC from lootcrate for this game. Which is why I got it in the first place. I, personally. Do not really find this game enjoyable
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Gauntlet is a pretty entertaining game.

It's fun to play with friends and you can kill some time with it too.
The mechanics of the game is pretty stable and not so unbalanced, the story brings you up on a world of hell where you basicly fight skeletons and other different creature to get to the end of the profecy.

I personally enjoy the game more when i'm playing with someone then alone, but so is it with all the other games too so it's a littlebit up to you how you want to spend the gameplay time.

Beautiful art and level design, also some funny lines which they say in the game.
All to all i would give this about 7/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
The gameplay--and especially the music--is very reminiscent of the classic Gauntlet games of yesteryear. The various moves for each character and the customization options keep the gameplay interesting from start to finish.

All in all, it's a decent game. Not an exemplary game, but fun nonetheless.

Took me 5 hours to beat the campaign with a friend. Short, but sweet.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Gets annoying quick.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
2,307 of 2,511 people (92%) found this review helpful
111 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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896 of 1,052 people (85%) found this review helpful
285 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
4 players = 8/10
3 players = 7.5/10
2 players = 7/10
1 player = 0.5/10
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1,268 of 1,535 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Have to say as a whole, the game was not a bad game - However, I would not recommend buying it.The "feeling" of the game was very old school gauntlet (prior to Gauntlet Legends & Dark Legacy), the visuals were beautiful, Relics are an awesome new spin on the classic "Bomb Potion" we all know and love, and a lot of the other new additions were cool (Death is actually a challenge now!), but that's about it.

Where this game falls short is... pretty much everything else - Like Seven Sorrows, really.
It is a very short, very empty, and very unfinished game with a pitiful amount of content.
If you were hoping for old school Gauntlet with loads of levels, prepare to be let down.

For one: There are only 12 levels, split into 3 realms (A crypt, a cave, and a volcano) - Each of these realms comes with 3 sets of 3 (Always a normal stage, a random generated stage, and an arena), and then a fairly easy to defeat boss to deal with as the fourth and final chapter level.

You paid $19.99 for a 3.5 Hour game (The original Gauntlet? The game this is based on? Pretty sure that game was endless honestly, it had HUNDREDS of levels - Even Dark Legacy took 12 hours to beat on 2 player and had 60 Levels, more than 5 times the amount of levels this game has!)
I've played the game solo, and I've played it through twice nearly with a group of 3 and a group of 2 .

Secondly, none of the levels pose unique challenges or puzzles - It's all the same paths just recycled and arranged. Even the randomly generated levels are similar, I have played the same randomly generated level twice in one playthrough! These levels are also COMPLETELY LINEAR!

Third, there's only four classes - Of course one can argue this is "based on the original" which only had four classes, but that leaves no reason for not expanding on and improving a working formula. More than one gauntlet game had more than 4 classes, why not bring those back?
Gauntlet 3 had 8 Classes, Gauntlet: The Third Encounter had 8 classes too.
Hell, Legends / Dark Legacy boasted 8 Classes, 8 Beasts, and 1 Secret character + Skins.

Fourth, there's also very little customization of said classes, as all growth is in a mandatory tree that grows as you play. Even the wardrobe and custom armours? there's only 3 full sets and a few extras, and all of them require playing on hard or higher to acquire (aside from the usually very ugly first set of unlockable armour).

mastering your character takes longer than beating the game - I finished the game at about 50% Mastery, and this is while consciously trying to actually master the character - I can't imagine how slow playing for fun would be. While this would be fine normally, what's the point in learning these new abilities and bonuses if you've already beaten the hardest obstacle in the game without them? Most of them are passive skills (like damage up +5%) so they don't change gameplay all that much.

Fifth, the game (much like Diablo) Expects you to just replay it constantly on higher difficulties to add replay value. And by higher difficulty, I literally mean that all that changes is
A) how much gold
B) How many generators there are.
C) How fast foes come out of them.
D) How strong these enemies are.

It doesn't unlock additional side paths or secret stages. No major differences on difficulties.

Sixth, Lack of co-op - The game is structured so you need to work together to persevere - Yet,
you get constantly rewarded for killing your teammates. It is almost impossible to find good teammates, the game works best if you KNOW you have 3 friends who will consistently play with you - Trustworthy players. While this can't be blamed on the game itself, it really ruins the multiplayer experience if you have bad luck and can't find a good team. Luckily, I bought this for a few buddies as well in the four pack - So I've experienced the good as well.

Seventh, Filled with bugs, glitches, errors, the odd crash, and other "half-finished" giveaways.

And finally, keys and potions reset - You literally lose all your keys and potions after every "level" (3 stages per), So stashing Potions and Keys to benefit you later? no point! You can't! But there's enough keys in every level so that you can get every single locked door if you have have a brain, so don't worry - You won't miss a single thing unless you try! It is so linear that you have to consciously TRY to not get everything (Though the only thing you can really collect is Gold anyway!)

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I can't say this game wasn't fun at all, but it's literally free-to-play quality.
It's not a bad game, but it is THE WORST Gauntlet.
It is not worth $19.99, and it is definitely not worth $59.99 for a 4-pack.

If you wanted a good ol' Gauntlet style experience, I personally recommend you do yourself a huge favor and buy either Gauntlet, Gauntlet II or Gauntlet: Dark Legacy instead, because in my opinion they are all far superior to this rendition of Gauntlet. Considering Dark Legacy is 14 years old, and Gauntlet II and Gauntlet are from the 80's - that's really saying something.

For what it's worth, it was pretty fun for the short four hours of gameplay we got -
But save your money. This is not Gauntlet, Gauntlet II, Gauntlet IV, Gauntlet: Legends,
or Gauntlet: Dark Legacy - This game might as well be called "Rusty Brass Knuckles."

Now, I know this is based on Gauntlet (the original), not Gauntlet: Legends, or Dark Legacy.
I've played the original gauntlet, and multiple other renditions in the series - Great series, really.
But I felt this installment didn't match up to the glory of other previous games, hence: negativity.
As someone who has played most of the series (aside from Gauntlet: Third encounter)
I strongly consider Gauntlet, Gauntlet II, Gauntlet IV, Gauntlet: Legends, and Dark Legacy
(if I didn't make that obvious enough) much better games than this rendition of Gauntlet.
(Which - much like Seven Sorrows - is less than four hours, has pretty generic gameplay,)
and made a promise of old school gauntlet action, then didn't deliver a quality product.)

As stated above, some people will enjoy this game - But I cannot recommend a 4 hour game,
for the price of 20 or 60 dollars. 5 or 10? I would agree. Most Indie games are that cheap,
and this honestly feels like an indie made game rather than a professional production.

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TL;DR
If you like short, simple, unoriginal games with literally no replay value that have less than 4 hours of content? Gauntlet is your game! On the other hand, if you like games with at least some replay value, unique items, customization, Challenging puzzles, cool classes, and generally more than just a difficulty change for replayability? Do not get this game! Go play Gauntlet or Gauntlet II - Both of which are also better games than this, and give you the "Real" gauntlet experience. Or if you're not feeling the old games, try Gauntlet: Dark Legacy instead.
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