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Gauntlet Gauntlet - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Gauntlet - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Up to four people can play at once, exploring dungeons and fighting monsters from a top-view perspective. Each player's character has different strengths and weaknesses. The players collect food, potions, and treasure in return for points, health, magic and power-ups.

Gauntlet was produced by Atari Games in 1985.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Gauntlet was produced include: E.T., Last Starfighter The, Marble Madness, Paperboy, Gauntlet (PlayChoice), Peter Pack Rat, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Road Runner, and Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back


Name Gauntlet
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7922
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 4
# Maximum Players 4
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireMagic
Sound Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - 2 Player
  • Upright/Standard - 4 Player-277 lbs
Instructions Gauntlet Instructions Image
Bezel Gauntlet Bezel Image
Control Panel Gauntlet Control Panel Image
PCB Gauntlet PCB Image

Game Introduction

In this fantasy adventure maze game, there are four different player characters who each have different powers and/or weapons. The Warrior who wields a battle axe the Elf who carries a bow and arrows the Wizard who uses magic and the Valkyrie who uses a sword and a shield.

The four players move through mazes searching for various items and killing monsters. The Warrior does the most damage. The Elf does the least damage but is the fastest. The Wizard can do the most damage with potions. The Valkarie is a good combination of strength and speed. Potions found wipe out varying amounts of enemies and enemy generators, depending on which player uses it. A player starts with a certain number of health points by putting quarters in the machine. These tick down with time and damage from enemies. Food replenishes them. Treasure counts for points. The game has no ultimate goal to be reached.

Gauntlet KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.52 (18 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.51

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.11
Fun (Solo) 3.13
Collector Desire 3.50

Technical Rating: 3.84

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 3.75
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 3.50

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

If a player remains motionless until about 30 health units tick away, all the locked doors will automatically open. If you wait for 100 health units, all the walls on the level will turn to exits.



The player characters in the game are also known respectively as Thor (the Warrior), Questor (the Elf), Merlin (the Wizard) and Thydra (the Valkyrie).

In June 1994, Atari applied for and was later granted a patent for a "Multi-player, mutli-character cooperative play video game with independent player entry and departure". (USRE035314)

A poorer version of this game (Gauntlet (PlayChoice)) was also available for Nintendo's PlayChoice arcade machines.

Cabinet Information

The cabinet is somewhat shorter and wider than the average cabinet. The screen is not covered by a protective glass.


Atari produced a Gauntlet II conversion kit for this game. Konami also produced conversion kits to convert this game to The Main Event and Crime Fighters. In general, Gauntlet was very popular for conversions to other four player games.

Atari also produced a two-player version of this game, which was released as a limited edition only.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Gauntlet Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 320 known instances of this machine owned by Gauntlet collectors who are active members. Of these, 258 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 58 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 8 active VAPS members with a Gauntlet machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Gauntlet circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 27 active VAPS members currently looking for Gauntlet. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Gauntlet circuit board set.

This game ranks a 71 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 43 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



Main CPU: 68010. Sound CPU: 6502. Speech IC: TMS-5220C

The game's architecture is similar to that of the Atari System I games (e.g. Marble Madness).

This game was also released as a two-player upright whose program code differed in only a few of the EPROMs and used a different slapstick security chip.


The game has a single PCB which is exceptionally large and therefore more susceptable to traces being broken. Handle the board with care and do not bend it.

It is very common to see heavy burn-in on the right hand side of the screen. A layer of smoked lexan over the monitor will help disguise this when the power is off.


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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 192; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Arcade Fever Sellers (ISBN 0762409371) Page: 146; Color photo
  3. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 192; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Logo
  2. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
Level One Bar + Arcade 130 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus Ohio United States 0
Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum 109A West Trade St, Simpsonville South Carolina United States Arcade (Classic Videogame)
Children: Allowed
Focus: Classic Games
Food: No
Alcohol: No
Payment Method: Admission Charge

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