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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The original role-playing arcade game lets four adventurers explore together as a warrior, valkyrie, wizard, and elf. Traverse the darkest of mazes, destroying vile beasts and claiming gold. Consume food to regain your strength, collect keys to journey deeper, and seek[Xbox Live Arcade] The original role-playing arcade game lets four adventurers explore together as a warrior, valkyrie, wizard, and elf. Traverse the darkest of mazes, destroying vile beasts and claiming gold. Consume food to regain your strength, collect keys to journey deeper, and seek out potions to defeat your most powerful foes. Xbox Live multiplayer game mode. High-definition enhanced art (480p, 720p, and 1080i). Experience-based ranking system. Ability to post to scores to the Xbox Live leaderboards. [Xbox.com] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. It starts to get a bit mind-numbing by around level 20 if you play solo, but when you bring some friends along for the adventure, your evening will quickly disappear in a puff of fun. [Jun 2006, p.61]
  2. Dropping five bucks on this arcade classic, which now has online support, is a pretty safe bet.
  3. A long game in that there are plenty of dungeons to fight through and the fact [is] that it’s not easy if you don’t continually add credits.
  4. Four-player online support makes the Xbox Live Arcade version of this fantasy arcade classic a worthwhile, inexpensive indulgence for nostalgic fans of the good old days of gaming.
  5. 60
    Visually and aurally the game is pretty much the same as before. Of course, running the game on an HD set will make it sharper, but this game still looks and sounds much like it did in 1985.
  6. Hardcore Gauntlet players will probably buy yet another copy of this game if for no other reason than the ability to play multiplayer over Xbox Live, which is admittedly a good reason to play what is otherwise a very dated and boring game that will try your patience rather than test your RPG skills.
  7. The worst part is, you can basically hit a button to get more and more health, as opposed to adding quarters in the arcades back in the day.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Alex
    Feb 26, 2006
    8
    same original arcade goodness. its fun to play this and then look at more modern dungeon crawlers and see how far this genre has come. same original arcade goodness. its fun to play this and then look at more modern dungeon crawlers and see how far this genre has come. Gauntlet still reigns as the best and original, however. the only downfall this game has is the unlimited coin thing. you can infinitely hit the Y button and add on enough health to survive a nuclear fall out. its just not fun when you have 900000+ health. Expand
  2. Deunnero
    Aug 29, 2007
    6
    I used to love this game at the arcade when I was a kid, now not so much. It's great fun on LIve, but unless the others are die hard I used to love this game at the arcade when I was a kid, now not so much. It's great fun on LIve, but unless the others are die hard fans, it can be annoying to play with others. Expand
  3. boomshanka
    Oct 18, 2007
    4
    An OK game that could be a LOT better. Needs to be updated desperately. I don't know what the characters have done but they've An OK game that could be a LOT better. Needs to be updated desperately. I don't know what the characters have done but they've annoyed a lot of baddies - not enough potions, treasure, health, rewards, good things - it seems all bad bad bad. Expand