Based on the arcade game, Gauntlet II is very similar to the original. Up to four players (a wizard, a warrior, an elf, and a valkyrie) make their way through various mazes, collect treasures and magic potions, and fend off assorted creatures and ghosts.
After the amazing success of the first Gauntlet, Atari decided to make a sequel in 1989. The fact that they made a sequel only one year later shows you how successful the game was. Of course, if you have had the pleasure of playing the first Gauntlet, you would have a pretty good clue why Atari made this sequel.
The object of the game, as before, is to make it out of all 100 dungeons alive and with as much treasure as possible. Game play consists of moving the mouse in the direction you want your character to move and clicking the mouse button to fire his weapon. When you find magic potions in a dungeon, press spacebar to use them. On the character select screen, use the arrow keys to choose between Elf, Valkyrie, warrior, or wizard. Enemies in the dungeons stream out of generators. Destroy the generators before tackling the monsters. Enemies range from goblin heads to ghosts to the Grim Reaper. Don't let Grim touch you, or he will drain your health to nothing. Treasure is found everywhere in the game, so be sure to pick it up to increase your point count. Pick up keys to open up the blue sparkling panels, and step on the flashing floor panels to remove a section of the dungeons walls. There are also many hazards on a level, including lava and poison. These you also want to watch out for.
A neat thing about the Gauntlet series is the multi player option. You can link with another player and play with or against each other in order to gain the most treasure. Multi player at the time was a pretty rare thing in PC games, so I think that makes the series much cooler than many of the other arcades of its time.
The graphics are a step forward from the first game and even though they aren't the best, they add a nice touch to the arcade style of the game. The music and sounds in the game are your average arcade blips and bleeps, but these are perfect for capturing old but neat style of the game.
If you liked the arcade dungeon-raiding goodness of the first Gauntlet, I guarantee you'll love this game even more.
MobyGames description of this excellent sequel to Gauntlet: "Based on the arcade game, Gauntlet II is very similar to the original. Up to four players (a wizard, a warrior, an elf, and a valkyre) make their way through various mazes, collect treasures and magic potions, and fend off assorted creatures and ghosts."
Although it is true that Gauntlet II has almost identical layout as the original, some new, interesting features have been added to make gameplay a bit more complex. There are health-draining force fields and new monsters such as sorcerers, blobs of acid, and a black monster that homes in on you and saps your health. The levels also start changing randomly after level 5. Less important is the ability to choose what colour you want your character to be, and if you're playing with a friend, it's now possible for both of you to choose the same character. The graphics and sound effects are just as good and the game is as good as, if not better than, the original. In short, if you like Gauntlet, you will definitely love this underrated sequel. A great game to play with friends huddling around the same computer :)
Gauntlet II - the game got even better! It's basically the same concept like in the first part. You play with up to 4 human players at the same time - each choosing his (or her) character from one of four possibilities, a warrior a valkyrie, a mage and an elf. I haven't been able to find any differences between those 4 except the way they look - ok, the warrior throws an axe while the elf shoots arrows, but the effects are the same. I remember playing this game on my C64 with a friend for hours and hours and still - when I played Gauntlet 2 again last night after a long time I got hooked for a longer time than I should have played into the night. But who needs sleep when there are monsters to fight? This game is more than just a simple hack 'n slay - there are quite a lot of adventure elements in the game - for example you can go the first way you see to get out of the level or you search around more and find another key you use to open a door, find some treasures, fight some monsters, find another key and - wow - what is that?! - yes, an exit that promotes you 5 levels further. You might have needed twice the time to finish level 1 than needed, but this made you skip some other hard levels - there are often those seemingly easy ways while the hard way proves better in the end. You find some stuff on your way - potions and so on.
Simply put this game was a masterpiece of its time. It's a definite must and even today it ranks high in playability.
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