ZX Spectrum Games

Gauntlet

Gauntlet

The players select among four playable fantasy-based characters: The Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, or Elf. Each character has his or her own unique strength and weaknesses. For example, the Warrior is strongest in hand-to-hand combat, the Wizard has the most powerful magic, the Valkyrie has the best armor and the Elf is the fastest in movement.

Upon selecting a playable character, the gameplay is set within a series of top-down, third-person perspective mazes where the object is to find and touch the designated exit in every level. An assortment of special items can be located in each level that increase player’s character’s health, unlock doors, gain more points and magical potions that can destroy all of the enemies on screen.

The enemies are an assortment of fantasy-based monsters, including ghosts, grunts, demons, lobbers, sorcerers and thieves. Each enters the level through specific generators, which can be destroyed. While there are no bosses in the game, the most dangerous enemy is “Death”, who can not only drain a character’s health, but is difficult to destroy.

As the game progresses, higher levels of skill are needed to reach the exit, with success often depending on the willingness of the players to cooperate by sharing food and luring monsters into places where they can be engaged and slaughtered more conveniently. While contact with enemies reduces the player’s health, health also slowly drains on its own, thus creating a time limit. When a character’s health reaches zero, that character dies.

Publisher: US Gold
Year: 1987

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous post
Next post

More games from the archive...

May 1, 2020
Gyron Arena

Gyron Arena On a cold grey morning in the middle of London thirty people gathered in a very ordinary office block. These people, in the age range 14 to 60, had one thing in common. They had completed one of the most difficult computer games ever devised, GYRON NECROPOLIS, and were brought together to compete […]

Read More
April 13, 2020
Uridium

Uridium The solar system is under attack! Enemy Super-Dreadnoughts have been placed in orbit around each of the planets. They are draining mineral resources from the planetary cores for use in their power units. Each Super-Dreadnought seeks out a different metal for its metal convertor. Your Manta class Space Fighter will be transported to each […]

Read More
January 2, 2020
Ghost ‘n Goblins

Ghost ‘n Goblins Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins is the classic fighting fantasy story, heroic knight to rescue beautiful maiden from clutches of demonic Overlord. Featuring some stunning effects and graphics, this technically excellent game is clearly another winner from the Elite/Capcom stable. Publisher: Elite Systems Year: 1986

Read More
December 28, 2019
Rampage

Rampage It seemed like any other day at the Greaseburger Fast Food Emporium – but three unlucky customers were to get something even nastier than usual in their Big Mucks. If only the company’s Research Division hadn’t accidentally shipped some of the experimental food additives… A wave of nausea, a foul aftertaste, chronic indigestion: everything […]

Read More
December 26, 2019
Avenger

Avenger Yaemon Grand Master of Flame has assassinated your foster father Naijshi and stolen the Scrolls of Ketsuin. You have sworn to the God Kwon that you will avenge Yaemon’s murderous act and recover the sacred scrolls. Your enemies are many, varied and all are deadly. All your skills, courage and nerve will be called […]

Read More
May 2, 2020
Elevator Action

Elevator Action They keep their secret evil plans behind locked doors, red ones to be precise. Otto lands on the roof of the building late at night. Enemy agents patrol all the floors making his job dangerous and tight. It calls for cunning, fast reflexes, and a steady hand to use all the lifts and […]

Read More
Copyright © 2020 ZX Spectrum Games
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram