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Gauntlet IV

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Gauntlet IV
Publisher: Tengen
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
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
¥7,800 T-48123
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.95[1] T-48216
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] T-48216-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-48216-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-48216-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-48216-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Gauntlet (ガントレット) is a 1985 arcade game by Atari Games. In 1993, subsidiary Tengen published an expanded remake on the Sega Mega Drive, calling it Gauntlet in Japan and Gauntlet IV elsewhere. This remake was developed by M2.

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.

Gameplay

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).

Modes

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.

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

Mega UK 16.pdf

Print advert in














Mega (UK) #16: "January 1994" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 1998, p133
78 №51, p72[1]Media:GamePro US 051.pdf
74 №11, p48/49
65 №15, p40/41
90 №13, p32/33
88 №7, p22/23
94 №22, p76/77/78/79
94 №13, p50-53[5]Media:MeanMachinesSega13UK.pdf
85 №38, p100/101
73 №48, p74/75
83 №24, p58/59
78 №5, p44-46[6]Media:SegaForceMega UK 05.pdf
78 №15, p12
Sega Mega Drive
82
Based on
13 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
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Cart
Gauntlet4 md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (cardboard)

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Cart
Gauntlet4 md us manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Gauntlet4 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Gauntlet4 MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
Gauntlet MD JP CartTop.jpg
Gauntlet4 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Gauntlet md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f9d60510
MD5 5e8ec4c047ef4af15027e93b5358858f
SHA-1 d28e22207121f0e2980dd409b4fb24f9fb8967ae
1MB 1993-09 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 3bf46dce
MD5 840f9f6fd4f22686b89cfd9a9ade105a
SHA-1 26c26ee2bb9571d51537d9328a5fd2a91b4e9dc1
1MB 1993-08 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f9872055
MD5 9aad96cc5364d2289f470b75c59907a5
SHA-1 30208982dd1f50634943d894e7458a556127f8e4
1MB 1993-09 Cartridge (JP)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 File:GamePro US 051.pdf, page 76
  2. File:SegaForceMega UK 05.pdf, page 46
  3. File:Edge UK 001.pdf, page 22
  4. File:SegaPro UK 29.pdf, page 15
  5. File:MeanMachinesSega13UK.pdf, page 50
  6. File:SegaForceMega UK 05.pdf, page 44