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Gauntlet - Xbox Live Arcade review

Solid

We're sure a good amount of you Xbox 360 owners don't remember the days of wallet-murdering arcade games. The claustrophobic dungeon crawler Gauntlet was the worst kind - one quarter wouldn't cut it. As you ran through overhead, labyrinthine passageways packed with monsters, you were constantly losing health. To keep it up, you had to find scarce items like food, or keep pumping Washington's skull into the arcade cabinet.



This version doesn't ask for constant cash. You're free to add health at any time, adjust the difficulty and obviously team up with three other adventurers to tame this 100-level bloodbath. Your only goal is to reach the clearly marked exit with as much of your life intact as you can. Just watch out for precious, life-giving food. One stray arrow, axe or sword and it's a goner.

The infinite hordes of wizards, ghosts and Death himself are constantly being spewed forth from monster generators - they're the first target, for sure. But as you and your posse trek through the corridors, you'll find keys, power-ups and even level-skipping shortcuts to make things a little easier. Gauntlet is all about overwhelming your senses. Think very, very primitive Dynasty Warriors and you're getting close.

As an arcade title, Gauntlet was legendary. Today, its simplistic yet nuanced gameplay may not be for everyone. Right from the start you're surrounded by creatures that suck away your life. The only way to get ahead is to learn a novel's worth of tricks and memorize the mazy layouts - something only the old-schoolers may have the patience for.

More Info

Release date: Nov 22 2005 - Xbox 360 (US)
Nov 22 2005 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Published by: Midway
Developed by: Digital Eclipse
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Mild Cartoon Violence

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