Gauntlet IV

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Gauntlet IV
Gauntlet IV
Publisher: Tengen

Developer: Tengen, M2

System(s): Sega Mega Drive

ROM Size: 1MB

Peripherals Supported: 4 Way Play

Genre: Action, RPG (JP box says both; Sega of Japan master list only says Action)

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive JP 1993-09-17 ¥7,800 T-48123
Sega Mega Drive US 1993 $? T-48216
Sega Mega Drive EU 1993 £? T-48216-50
Sega Mega Drive AU 199x $?  ?

Gauntlet (ガントレット) is a 1985 arcade game by Atari Games. In 1993, subsidiary Tengen created an expanded remake on the Sega Mega Drive, calling it Gauntlet in Japan and Gauntlet IV elsewhere.

Gauntlet IV contains the original up-to-four-players arcade mode as well as three new modes:

  • Quest Mode: where players fight through five towers full of Gauntlet gimmicks
  • Battle Mode: where two or more players compete to survive in either a Normal Battle, Equal Battle, or Password Battle
  • Record Mode: where players try to run through the original levels to see who can get through first

These new modes are accompanied by new music composed by Masaharu Iwata and Hitoshi Sakimoto.

B shoots your weapon, which will go to the edge of the screen unless it hits something. Start will open the pause menu, which cycles between status, equipment, items, and password for continuing later with the D-pad. C uses a magic potion, collected during the course of the game. Holding A and pressing Start "inserts a coin", adding health to the current player and decreasing the global credit (coin) count (both of which are configurable in the Options screen).

Quest Mode Storyline

In the game's world, adventurers are people who go out to solve mysteries through adventure, turning the mysteries into legends. One mystery remains, called "The mystery protected by the old castle towers." These towers — representing the elements fire, earth, wind, and water — are enchanted with a curse which you, the adventurer willing to unravel the mystery, must break to enter the castle and find the rumored treasure inside.

Production Credits

Credits are split into two screens — the first screen (presumably) has the original arcade version credits:

  • Designer/Programmer: Ed Logg
  • Game Programmer: Bob Flanagan
  • Video Graphics: Sam Comstock, Susan G. McBride, Alan Murphy, Will Norble, Dave Pettigrew
  • Engineer: Pat McCarthy
  • Technician: Sae Oh, Cris Drobny
  • Sound Design: Hal Cannon, Earl Vickers
  • Cabinet Design: Ken Hata
  • Special Thanks To: Dave Theurer, Mike Albaugh, and many others

The second screen has the Mega Drive conversion credits:

  • Programmer: Tetsuya Abe
  • Graphic Converter: Masatoshi Kawasaki, Naoki Horii
  • Music Arrange & Compose: Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata
  • Test Player: Gorou Sumiyoshi
  • Adviser: Jun Amanai, Takahiro Takeda
  • Special Thanks To: Chris Ryu Tang, Kawachi, Kibu, Maruchika, and many others

Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Sega Mega Drive 81 Sega Retro Average
Based on 10 reviews
Publication Score Source
GamesMaster 74 №11, p48/49
Mega Drive Advanced Gaming 65 №15, p40/41
Mega 90 №13, p32/33
MegaTech 94 №22, p76/77/78/79
Mean Machines Sega 94 №13, p50-53File:MeanMachinesSega13UK.pdf
Player One 85 №38, p100/101
Sega Power 73 №48, p74/75
Sega Pro 83 №24, p58/59
Sega Force Mega 78 №5, p44-46File:SegaForceMega05.pdf
Sonic the Comic 78 №15, p12
Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, US (cardboard)

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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, AU