Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Gauntlet'

Rating:5 User: Digital Prawn

I can only give this game a five as it stole many a weekend in my younger teenage years.

For me it brings back really quite fond memories of visiting my school-friend's house in the leafy suburbs and firing this game up on his grey "+2". With only intermittent breaks to watch "Lost in Space" on Channel 4, we would spend an incredible number of hours really, just getting so much into the flow of the game, we practically lived in it. Of course the two-player mode allowed an effectively infinite playing time. And I think I probably suffered a touch of "bleeping sickness" the following day!

After the "deeper dungeons" tape came out, we must have practically played every level on both sides of the entire tape.

Looking back now, the game seems quite repetitive and predictable, but back when you're about 13 or 14 years old, it's just totally absorbing to the point of an unhealthy obsession. Of course later on we had the 16-bit versions and the sequels etc.. but none of them seemed to result in such mammoth gaming sessions as we had enjoyed with the original speccy tape-based version.

But if there is one remark in gaming I will never forget, surely it is that "Blue Elf just shot a food!"