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Gauntlet
This series has made the cross-over from Adventure to true RPG gaming as it progressed. The Gauntlet games were a huge success in both arenas, with titles on Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis and many consoles beyond. In fact, Gauntlet is still going strong today on the newest gaming systems.

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Gauntlet (NES)
The story of the Sacred Orb

The black clouds swirled over the heads of the chosen ones. Four has come this far, but only two would continue. The portal to their deadly challenge awaited. Foreboding screams rose up from the Gauntlet.

Morak the Evil One cackled in glee as he watched the intrepid warriors prepare to enter his most terrible Gauntlet. He knew they would never reach their goal. The Sacred Orb would remain forever imprisoned at the lowest level of the Gauntlet. Without the Sacred Orb, Morak knew the mortals that inhabited Rendar would be helpless against his evil magic.

Morak had plundered the lands and hidden his booty in the Gauntlet. He garrisoned his henchmen in the Gauntlet to guard it. There were ghosts, grunts, demons, sorcerers, and even incarnations of death itself.

But could the Sacred Orb be in the Gauntlet? No mortal knew for sure. If nothing else, the warriors could retrieve the treasures of Rendar that Morak had plundered and stored in the Gauntlet. If only all four warriors could all continue, on this, the last leg of their quest. Alas, the portal only allowed passage of two mortals. The warriors need your help. Choose from among them the two that shall continue: Become Thor the warrior, Thyra the valkyrie, Merlin the wizard or Questor the elf.

The fate of Rendar is in your hands.
--From the NES Gauntlet instruction manual.



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Gauntlet (Sega Master System)
In an evil world of magic and mystery you have been given a challenge! You must enter the darkness of the dungeons, a realm of unknown depth, where hoards of evil creatures abound, intent on only one thing - your destruction. Ghosts, Demons, Grunts, Lobbers and Sorcerors will make your life a misery, but Death will make your life hell!!

You must fight to stay alive, making use of the items within the dungeons: Keys, doors, magic potions and amulets and much more. Food scattered about will keep you healthy, but beware, some has been poisoned - look carefully before eating.

The object of the game is to survive for as long as possible against the onslaught of the enemy legions and to score as many points as possible.
--From the Sega Master System Gauntlet instruction manual.



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Gauntlet / Rampart (Gameboy Advance)


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Gauntlet 2 (NES)
Step back into the mazes of the Dark Dungeons with Thor, Thyra, Questor and Merlin. With over 100 new mazes to explore, experience all the action, graphics, and sound of the arcade. Use your powers to fend off your old enemies - ghosts, grunts, demons, lobbers, and sorcerers - along with a couple of new ones. As you delve deeper into the dungeons, you'll become enthralled with the world of Gauntlet II.
--From the NES Gauntlet 2 instruction manual.

Okay, so there's not much of a story here. An evil wizard has built this huge dungeon for some reason, and these four heroes have to get through it... to save the world, I guess? Anyway, it's Gauntlet. The graphics are a hair better in this edition. The graphics look about the same as the first installment with a little more attention to the shadows. The sounds were nice because there isn't much BG music, which I've never been a big fan of. The sound effects were comical at times, especially when you find food. The gameplay is fun just like the original. It's nice to play a sequel and not have to relearn to play the game. The controls are easy to use, but they are a little slow. This game is an enjoyable classic, and if you like Gauntlet, you'll love this chapter in the series.


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Gauntlet 2 (Gameboy)
Step back into the mazes of the Dark Dungeons with Thor, Thyra, Questor, and Merlin. With over 100 new mazes to explore, experience all the action, graphics, and sound of the arcade. Use your powers to fend off your old enemies - ghosts, grunts, demons, lobbers, and sorcerers - along with a couple of new ones. As you delve deeper into the dungeons, you'll become enthralled with the world of Gauntlet II.
--From the Gameboy Gauntlet 2 instruction manual.



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Gauntlet 4 (Sega Genesis)
There are many mysteries and Legends in this world. When a mystery is solved, it becomes a legend which will be told over and over again by many people. There are some who seek the challenge of adventure, in spite of the risks, both for themselves and to create their own legend. People call them adventurers.

To this day there still exists one mystery that cannot be solved. We call it 'The mystery protected by the old castle towers.' This ancient castle is deep within the mountains, far from human dwellings. It is surrounded by four high towers. The towers have had a spell cast upon them that protects the castle against intrusion from the outside world. If you cannot break the spell, you will not get near the castle.

Some say that an ancient secret treasure, undisturbed for many aeons, lies deep within the castle walls. There have been many that have sought to solve the castle's mystery. So far, none have succeeded...
--from the Gauntlet 4 game intro

This version of Gauntlet is the first to introduce RPG elements to the classic dungeon crawler. Along with updated graphics and sound, this makes Gauntlet 4 a truly great game.


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Gauntlet Dark Legacy (Gameboy Advance)


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