ZX Computing

Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons

Publisher: U. S. Gold
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in ZX Computing #38

Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons

So you rushed out and bought Gauntlet didn't you and spent a month of sleepless nights raiding its 512 levels of food, potions, keys and treasure but now all the monsters are dead! What are you going to do?

You've played some of the clones but they don't quite sooth the itch to wipe out grunts, ghosts, sorcerors and lobbers. Don't worry as US Gold have just released the Deeper Dungeons featuring 512 additional levels or monsters, magic and mayhem.

The dungeons were created by the players of the original Gauntlet who sent in their designs to create this compendium of chaos. Since the levels were created by players, they are actually harder and more involved than the original and so you should find it a whole new challenge.

Ghosts and grunts are soon joined by the more deadly sorcerors, lobbers and deaths as the game starts at top speed. In fact, you have to blast your way through a section of wall in the second level, most potions are guarded by deaths (only destroyed by potions!) and level 4 begins with a shower from rock-throwing lobbers!

The Deeper Dungeons are loaded into the original game (which you obviously must have!) when it tells you to load in side 2.

The graphics and gameplay are just as quick and impressive as the original which won't disappoint Gauntlet addicts but for a sequel I would have liked the inclusion of some new monsters and magic artefacts to collect. Who knows, perhaps there's an "Even Deeper Dungeons" waiting in the wings.