Memory lane. Oldschool Gauntlet. Absolutely awesome decades later! I pumped so many quarters in the arcades back in the day on this game they shoud have sent me a complimentary copy, but I’m not bitter. Actually, I’m such a nerd that not only have I bought this multiple times over the years (for my Commodore 64, NES), I actually own two copies of it now. One for my Nintendo (Gamecube’s Midway Arcade), and now the XBox live version on the XBox 360 (I wanted to be able to play it online with others!).
Anyway, I got such a kick out of yesterday afternoon at the middleschool afterschool program at the YMCA. On Wednesdays I bust out the Gamecube for an hour of gaming at the end of the afternoon. Usually that means an hour of Mariokart or an hour of Smash Bros., with an occasion Mario Strikers diversion. Well, just to throw them off I threw this game in – I thought the angry mob would be funny. Instead, they were all mystified. They had never seen the game! So for the next hour they took turns working their way through the levels – we turned it off after they finished level 27. They loved it! What amazes me is that in spite of all the technological advances we’ve made, some of the greatest games are these simple things from decades ago where the emphasis was on gameplay and not graphics.
All that to say, Gauntlet is, and always will be, amazing. End of story.