probably saying to yourself, "How can I miss
with two great classics on one cartridge for one low
price?" Just keep in mind the old saying: If
it looks too good to be true it probably is.
can be no argument that Gauntlet is an arcade classic.
It inspired hundreds of games with it Dragon and Dungeons-style
gameplay. The multi-player, co-op mode is definitely
one of the greatest of all time that's allows four
players to assume the identity of a wizard, elf, warrior
and valkyrie as they hack and slash, and shoot their
way past a variety of evil creatures collecting health
and food along the way. The strategic alliances that
a group of players can form are virtually infinite.
Unfortunately that best element is missing from this
game. Like the gaping hole left in the skyline after
9-11, this version of Gauntlet is an empty shell of
its former self. With no multi-player it's like playing
checkers with a crazy person's imaginary friend.
too bad that Gauntlet was gutted like an alien cow
mutilation. It looks amazing and it sounds spectacular.
I never thought I would see the day when Gauntlet
could be replicated on a handheld gaming system. The
colors, the corridors, the characters and the music
are all there. The controls are even great but it's
just too sad to play by your lonesome. I can't imagine
anyone that hasn't played this game and hasn't played
it with at least one other human. Maybe that one person
would be able to enjoy
what remains of this game. Surely there are some anti-social
freaks out there that would shudder at the thought
of sharing something with another person. In that
case this game is for you. And that goes for Rampart
as well, read on.
is basically divided into two gameplay elements. It
blends action and strategy. The first part of the
game consists of shooting the enemy's ships while
the second part has you constructing castles out of
the Tetris-like shapes. It's a fast paced game that
is highly addictive but like Gauntlet it relies heavily
on the multi-player mode which is not included with
this version. It's still not a terrible game as a
single-player but the replay value is reduced tremendously.
Gauntlet, Rampart looks and sounds great but there
have been some gameplay changes. For instance, regardless
of how many castles you build you will only receive
two cannons, maximum. That takes away some of the
incentive. Another bone of contention is that you
can't surround tanks with walls to stop them. They
continue firing and will eventually weaken the walls.
What's up with that? Not to mention that it takes
forever for the game to register where you placed
a block for a wall. I had to shake
the GBA for fear that it froze up on me because I
was waiting for my move to register. As though shaking
it would do any good. It's more or less a response
to pacify my frustrated state of mind. Any wonder
I've gone through four of them?
at the budget price of fifteen bucks, save your money
and hunt down an arcade version of either games. At
least you'll have a few hours worth of fun instead
of an eternity of mediocrity.