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Title: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on November 03, 2012, 14:10:34 PM
Rather strange one this as it's missing loads of versions of the original game but includes some of the sequels  :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n68iW1WAucQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n68iW1WAucQ)

Here is the arcade perfect Atari ST version that is missing from this video (sadly no sound though):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ln2umAFfM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ln2umAFfM)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Greyfox on November 03, 2012, 14:18:00 PM
To me the Atari ST will all be the closest thing ever to the arcade original, made me at the time completely believe that the Atari ST could handle any arcade port out there, I was always blaming the other arcade ports on bad programming from the different software house back then and to be true, allot of ports where complete shite and where not handled the way they should have been, and Gauntlet is a perfect example of how it should been done.

only recently finished a Gauntlet, 2 page spread for my book and really enjoyed having to play it over again for the screenshots etc..even now the game reeks brilliance and superb gameplay.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: zapiy on November 03, 2012, 17:25:22 PM
Iconic game.. Brilliant to see and compare what some of the versions look like.. Have to agree the ST version does look amazing.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on November 03, 2012, 17:42:20 PM
Wow, that ST version is truly impressive!  The best version of Gauntlet that I now have to play is the GBA! 
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on November 03, 2012, 17:47:26 PM
My personal favourite version of Gauntlet is the second one on the ST, because of the 4 player mode and amazing speech.

Gauntlet IV on the Mega Drive is also superb though, I love the extra 1-player game modes in that.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Havantgottaclue on December 16, 2012, 20:09:18 PM
I remember getting Guantlet 2 on the C64 when it came out on budget. I had already played it on my friend's Spectrum and was expecting great things. Sadly I was disappointed - the C64 version is sluggish and lacks the nice clearly-defined graphics of the Spectrum version.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Minerals on December 17, 2012, 13:34:45 PM
the ST version was always my favourite
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Tachi on December 17, 2012, 13:57:33 PM
God I love Gauntlet, in my Top 10 definitely.
I have it on all the formats I can get it on, hell I bought a Lynx purely for it lol
Lovely comparison video, really shows the difference between them all but the C64 always will hold a special place in my heart :)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 17, 2012, 15:50:50 PM
Quote from: "Tachi"
God I love Gauntlet, in my Top 10 definitely.
I have it on all the formats I can get it on, hell I bought a Lynx purely for it lol
Lovely comparison video, really shows the difference between them all but the C64 always will hold a special place in my heart :)

Did you get the Atari 5200 version?
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Tachi on December 17, 2012, 16:02:32 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Quote from: "Tachi"
God I love Gauntlet, in my Top 10 definitely.
I have it on all the formats I can get it on, hell I bought a Lynx purely for it lol
Lovely comparison video, really shows the difference between them all but the C64 always will hold a special place in my heart :)

Did you get the Atari 5200 version?

Don't have a 5200 so no, am I missing out?
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 17, 2012, 16:05:20 PM
Sadly, no, you are not.  It is a brave attempt but the game is difficult the play as the scrolling is horrible.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 17, 2012, 16:06:41 PM
Definately not! It's pretty awful, I played it via emulation.

Screenshots:

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z280/mrkizza/Gauntlet5200.jpg)

(http://allgamers.fr/archive/gauntlet-atari-5200-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Tachi on December 17, 2012, 16:09:26 PM
Lol...that's fantastic lol
Reminiscent of Storm on the C64 although Storm rocked!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-pTWWwRNhro (http://youtube.com/watch?v=-pTWWwRNhro)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 17, 2012, 16:13:36 PM
If you like Gauntlet, though, there is going to be a similar game released for the 7800XM.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 18, 2012, 13:17:29 PM
It is strange that there are also 2 completely different Gauntlet 3 games that both share the same artwork, the Lynx version and the home computer version.

The latter version used an isometric 3D viewpoint and never really felt like a Gauntlet game to me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF2ZRsUydjI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF2ZRsUydjI)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Tachi on December 18, 2012, 13:53:35 PM
Hahaha..those ghosts look hilarious!
I agree though, it looks more like Druid or Feud than Gauntlet!
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 18, 2012, 16:52:07 PM
So, do these 2 versions of G3 have the same "story" or are they different in that respect as well?
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 18, 2012, 17:30:07 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
So, do these 2 versions of G3 have the same "story" or are they different in that respect as well?

Totally different. But then you have to remember that Gauntlet 3 on the Lynx was originally called Time Quests & Treasure Chests before Epyx sold the Lynx to Atari and the license was added to it.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 18, 2012, 17:34:30 PM
So, if you own both you essentially have two different games with the same name.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 18, 2012, 17:47:03 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
So, if you own both you essentially have two different games with the same name.

(http://www.atarimania.com/st/boxes/hi_res/gauntlet_3_d7.jpg)

(http://1upguide.com/images/lyn/b_Gauntlet_front.jpg)

I got confused, its the Mega Drive version that uses the same artwork as the Lynx version:

(http://www.retrocopy.com/images/gamedb/megadrive/gauntlet-iv-cover.jpg)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 18, 2012, 18:19:22 PM
Ah, cool. 
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Rogue Trooper on December 18, 2012, 19:52:48 PM
Gauntlet 2 improved greatly on the 1st game on C64, but whilst i know it was reviewed and Tim Follin did the music, was Gauntlet 3 ever released on C64?.

Gauntlet 4 on MD, i loved, fantastic game, fantastic music.

Druid on C64 the same, had 2-player Co-op type aspect if i recal, 2nd player could control the Golem, once he was cast?.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 18, 2012, 20:13:51 PM
Quote from: "Rogue Trooper"
Gauntlet 2 improved greatly on the 1st game on C64, but whilst i know it was reviewed and Tim Follin did the music, was Gauntlet 3 ever released on C64?.

Gauntlet 4 on MD, i loved, fantastic game, fantastic music.

Druid on C64 the same, had 2-player Co-op type aspect if i recal, 2nd player could control the Golem, once he was cast?.

Yes Gauntlet 3 came out on all the major home computers.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 13, 2013, 04:06:14 AM
A new video that is ideal for showing just how bloody fantastic Gauntlet II is on the Atari ST:

Gauntlet 2 (Atari ST) (http://http)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 13, 2013, 04:12:50 AM
That does look superb!  Gauntlet II did get better ports on home systems than the original game.  Even the NES version is far superior than Gauntlet. 
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Greyfox on December 13, 2013, 09:39:20 AM
yes the Atari ST produce near perfect conversions, the only issue I found with both from the Arcade original was the scrolling was jerky and a bit of slow down in places, but that didn't matter , as simply having a near perfect arcade conversion in your computer room was enough to ignore the programming flaws and the Amiga version fairs no better, again St porting going on.

An epic and classic game.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 13, 2013, 15:43:40 PM
Quote from: "Greyfox"
yes the Atari ST produce near perfect conversions, the only issue I found with both from the Arcade original was the scrolling was jerky and a bit of slow down in places, but that didn't matter , as simply having a near perfect arcade conversion in your computer room was enough to ignore the programming flaws and the Amiga version fairs no better, again St porting going on.

An epic and classic game.

Gauntlet had some dodgy scrolling in parts but Gauntlet 2 is faultless, better than the Amiga version too as it plays a bit faster and has clearer sound ;)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Greyfox on December 13, 2013, 17:04:04 PM
You would say that :24:, but in this case you are actually right, I would myself actually prefer to play the Atari ST, but sticks and stones, but isn't Gauntlet 2 simply great no matter what computer it's on?


That's what it's all about!!!! the beautiful games!!!!








[size=40]Amiga rulez forever......mooohaaaahhhhhh.....no, the Atari ST is great as well[/size]
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 13, 2013, 21:26:57 PM
Quote from: "Greyfox"
[size=40]Amiga rulez forever......mooohaaaahhhhhh.....no, the Atari ST is great as well[/size]

Had to get a magnifying glass but   :21:
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: sloan on December 14, 2013, 00:28:49 AM
NES versions of Gauntlet and Gauntlet 2 were many good times for me and my son.

Gauntlet - NES Gameplay (http://http)

Gauntlet II - NES Gameplay (http://http)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 14, 2013, 00:32:15 AM
I honestly found Gauntlet to be disappointing because I was expecting an arcade port.  The game is not that as the concept from the arcade was changed.  Gauntlet II, on the other hand, is a significantly better port that even has speech.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: sloan on December 14, 2013, 18:02:11 PM
Y, I guess I could understand a small bit of disappointment if you expected arcade-closeness on Gauntlet for NES. It still never struck me as a bad port, despite lack of voices. Like I have said on VCS games, I never went into home games back then expecting arcade-closeness. I was always just glad to be able to play them at home. Best fun we had was my son and I in co-op sessions on both those titles. Just the fun factor of the multi-player experience overshadowed any subtle differences between the home and arcade versions.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 14, 2013, 20:02:01 PM
Yeah, NES Gauntlet is not quite the same as on the arcade (and I don't mean just the lack of voice).  It's still a fun game but, as an arcade port, I expected it to be closer that the original version.  They simply did a much better job with Gauntlet II no matter how you look at it.  :)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 16, 2013, 21:06:19 PM
I also LOVE Gauntlet Legends on the Arcade/Sega Dreamcast/Sony PlayStation:

Gauntlet Legends Dreamcast Lets Play - Part 1 (http://http)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 16, 2013, 21:48:55 PM
I had never seen that before.  Looks like one cool game!
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 20, 2013, 15:19:39 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
I had never seen that before.  Looks like one cool game!

It is excellent, I have the Dreamcast version.

The follow up to it was Gauntlet: Dark Legacy in the arcades, later released on PS2 and Game Cube:

Let's Play Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (Part 1) (http://http)
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 20, 2013, 15:59:27 PM
Oh wow, cool.  I didn't realize Gauntlet had spawned these sequels.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TL on December 30, 2013, 17:12:45 PM
Here is a trailer for the Nintendo DS version:

Gauntlet Trailer: Nintendo DS (http://http)

This version was announced, previewed and even reviewed in several magazine but strangely never released despite getting a very good reception.

Then all of a sudden the complete but unreleased prototype version was released into the wild just last week!
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 30, 2013, 19:30:53 PM
You have to wonder what happened that it did not have its official release.  Also have to wonder how the prototype saw light!  I must say I like the approach they took for it!
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: Bobinator on December 30, 2013, 22:49:59 PM
According to the source I found the prototype from (One of my other gaming forums), somebody received it from a person who wished to be anonymous.

I want to personally thank that guy, though, because that's a really kind, classy move of him. If only other people could be that thoughtful. Sigh...

Haven't played the prototype yet, but I've heard good things.
Title: Re: Let's Compare: Gauntlet
Post by: TrekMD on December 30, 2013, 23:02:21 PM
I need to find it so I can try it out.