Wednesday 11 October 2023

Gauntlet (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Tiertex
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Released: 1990

Gauntlet is a hack-and-slash game that was first released in the Arcade in 1985.

+  Your steadily depleting energy metre ups the intensity and forces you to constantly think two steps ahead in order to survive.

+ Plenty of secrets to be found and there are often several routes / exits in each stage that require careful key management.

+ Closer in stage design to the Arcade vs. NES (1988), and the four playable characters and 100's of levels offer great value.

+ Less slowdown compared to the NES version and the action runs a lot smoother, even with tons of enemy sprites on screen.

- Often feels as if damage is completely unavoidable, and there's many times where you'll be trapped with no way out.

- Frequently have to wait for a shot to land before you're allowed to re-fire, which can put you in harms way.

- Lack of a password system is unfortunate, as seeing all the stage layouts would require a serious gaming marathon.

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