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US Gold Ltd
1987
Arcade: Maze
£8.99
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

88
Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

Worra licence! Gauntlet, if anything, is an even bigger game than Uridium - top by miles in the Desert Island Disks chart earlier this year, and generally considered to be one of the best and most enduring of all arcade conversions. If you don't know of it, you may well have had your head buried in cement for the past two years, but for those few yet to experience its joys, here's a rundown.

You, for some reason known only to yourself, are stuck in this many-levelled world of mazes, all of a particular size but each of its own pattern. Nasties abound, and depending which characters you have chosen (you can take two of four on offer) you can fire at them with variable degrees of effectiveness. Sooner or later you die, of course, but don't we all? I couldn't get the famous SYM SHIFT cheat to work on this one, but I'll be fascinated to hear of anyone who can. Good blasting.

8/10