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Craig Broadbent
Chris Bourne

This is the latest of the miscellaneous scrapings from US Gold's budget arm and particularly sharp readers may have noticed a cunningly disguised link between these titles. As all three games are effectively the same game, I'm going to chuck the age long YS custom of taking you through each game separately out of the window (crash! Tinkle! Whoops, there goes the greenhouse!) and review them all together.

Gauntlet, as you may remember if you're reaaally old, caused a bit of a stir back in, ooh, 1986. Since then it's kept hundreds of schoolkids glued to the screen with a fellow grunt-basher rather than doing their homework. I know, I was that schoolboy. There was nowt better than battling through endless ghost-filled dungeons with the help of my mate Ken, and then sneaking through a wall to get the potions with the help of my mate Symbol Shift. I can't really believe that there's many people who haven't ever experienced Gauntlet, but just in case. It's a nice creamy blend of Dungeons and Dragons with a shoot-'em-up stirred in. The graphics are nice and crisp, the sound effects are adequate and it's incredibly addictive. It was also a Megagame and I'm still playing it to this very day.

With Multimixx 4 not only do you get Gauntlet at a budget price, you also get Deeper Dungeons and Gauntlet 2 thrown in. These two games basically provide more screens for Gauntlet. Several years after the original game came Gauntlet 2 with the unexpected bonus of some new features such as the It monster. The little monster can be fun when you're playing with a friend cos when it catches the other player they're it and all the monsters go for them and not you. Added attractions include acid puddles, forcefields, stun tiles and different kinds of amulets.

Unfortunately, these aren't really enough to make it seem like you're not still playing Gauntlet. There's no real point to the game, basically all you have to do is keep on going 'til you die or get too bored. Your best bet is to play with a friend, then you can start shooting each other after a while!

Gauntlet is undoubtedly the best game of its genre and if you're the kind of Speccy games-player you make out to be then you should have it already. Should you get bored of it then the other two games act as add-ons. I suppose it's quite a good buy but, six years on, Gauntlet is still a game worth having, even if it isn't quite up to Megagame status.


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