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Gauntlet


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gspec
Gauntlet was a four player Dungeons and Dragons arcade game. Ok so you don't build extra power by progressing through various levels but you do get to play a warrior, elf, valkyrie or wizard. On the small screen it obviously is only two player. You pick up health, posions and keys while shooting the demons and looking for the exit. The demons are created out of demon creation boxes, shoot these and the demons stop. The game is best played by two people, it can get a bit boring if you are one player going from one dungeon to the next.

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gspec3
gc643
cspec4
There really isn't much difference between the games, the Commodore doesn't have particularly good sound in this game, the Spectrum therefore doesn't, for once, lose in this category. The graphics on the Commodore is better, both games scroll well, both have numerous demons on the screen at once and no slowdown is witnessed.

Let's call it a draw!

Ghost 'n Goblins


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ggspec1
Ghost 'n Goblins  was  a huge arcade hit,  it was thus dutifully converted to all the home computers. It was the game to be had,  devilishly difficult. You have to rescue your girlfriend from the monster, the plot doesn't matter. You are a knight, dressed in armour, if you get hit by a demon you jump out of your armour. On the Spectrum you look like you are naked, on the Commodore you wear underwear. You start the game in the graveyard where zombies rise from the graves, you progress through the forest, past a mid level boss, to the end of level boss. The game includes four levels of demon bashing.

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ggspec
When you look at the graphics you might come to the conclusion that the Spectrum graphics look pretty good, for a Spectrum that is. But all illusions are destroyed when the game starts moving. It is difficult to make out what is going on, your head seems to be flashing, the ladder in the picture above goes to the top of the hill, only it flashes on and off all the time. I started getting a headache very soon after starting to play the game.

The Commodore version in contrast has small graphics but well defined, it really looks good after playing the Spectrum version. A Spooky tune playes in the background to create atmosphere, still damn difficult however.

Commodore version by a country mile.