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The 100 Greatest Games | 61 | Gauntlet

YEAR: 1985     FORMAT: ARCADE

The 100 Greatest Games | 61 | Gauntlet


Even back in 1985, hack'n'slash games were a mainstay of videogaming. But while most of these arcade machines only allowed a single player to lose a pocketful of coins, Gauntlet was the first to offer four-way carnage. Splitting players into various classes - warrior, wizard, elf or valkyrie - Gauntlet's success was assured because it was able to surf the mid-'80s wave of interest in all things Dungeons & Dragons. The game's simple bloodshed offered nothing in the way of the character development or depth that D&D delivered, but gave less patient gamers a way to get medieval on an orc's ass without rolling dice or ingratiating themselves with the anorak brigade.

Memorable for...
The vocal health warnings. There can be few children of the '80s who don't recall the cabinet's dulcet tones informing you that 'warrior is about to die' or 'valkyrie needs food, badly.'

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