Anyone one there who doesn't know what Gauntlet is, go to the bottom of the class. It was originally an arcade game with simultaneous four-player action and proved a great success. Many other companies have used this feature since.
The basic plot is that evil creatures have invaded your land and you, with three other intrepid heroes, venture forth to do battle.
A total of 512 levels of manic battling follow, including hand-to-hand fighting, magic-using, eating, drinking and other mayhem.
All very similar to the arcade original, in which the first seven level are set. But then the secrets are never played in the same order twice. This aspect is carried over to the Atari version.
Now US Gold has released an additional 512 levels of the same mad warfare.
The same rules apply except that now you have to chart unknown territory. Beware of poisoned food and be careful not to shoot potions.
You should collect as many extra abilities as possible and generally kill anything that moves.
I thoroughly enjoyed Gauntlet the first time round, and with this new batch of lunacy anyone who hasn't bought this game should go straight out and buy both Gauntlet and the Deeper Dungeons.
Unfortunately, you do need to buy both as the new levels in Deeper Dungeons will not run without the original. If anyone wants me I will be down a dungeon...