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Gauntlet or gantlet may mean:

  • Gauntlet (glove), protective gloves used as a form of armour
  • Gauntlet (marking), the white markings on one or more of the legs of an animal such as a cat or rabbit, making them look like they have a long white glove on
  • Gauntlet track, a section of two railroad tracks that overlap to allow them to pass a narrow bridge or tunnel in little more than the space of one track
  • Running the gauntlet, a corporal punishment

In video games:

In comic books:

In entertainment:

  • Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet (2003–2004)
  • Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet II (2005–2006)
  • Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet III (2008)

In sports:

  • Gauntlet (Sport), a traditional Canadian beach sport

In aviation:

Gauntlet may also refer to:

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Box artwork for Gauntlet.
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari, U.S. Gold
Designer(s) Ed Logg
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action
System(s) Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64/128, MS-DOS, Mobile, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, MSX, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Game Boy Advance, Xbox Live Arcade
Expansion pack(s) Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons
Followed by Gauntlet II
Series Gauntlet
This is the first game in the Gauntlet series. For other games in the series see the Gauntlet category.
For the NES and PlayChoice-10 version, see Gauntlet (NES). For the Nintendo DS game, see Gauntlet (DS).
Gauntlet marquee

Gauntlet is a 1985 arcade game by Atari. It brought the theme and dungeon-crawling action of pen and paper role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons to the arcade environment. A party of one to four players fight their way through endless dungeons, both cooperating to kill enemies and competing to collect gold and upgrades. The game also employed the voice of an unseen narrator who alternately helps the players by giving tips or mocks them when they destroy food, are nearing death, or begin a difficult level. The four-player action meant the cabinet was wider than standard uprights, giving it an imposing presence in the arcade. This addictive formula of simple gameplay and non-stop action made the game an instant hit.

Just like an RPG players can choose from among four characters (Thor the Warrior, Thyra the Valkyrie, Merlin the Wizard or Questor the Elf). Each has their own unique visual appearance and various strengths and weaknesses (for example, Merlin excels at magic but his hand-to-hand attacks are weak). The game was also one of the first to allow arcadegoers control over their progression through the levels (although progress is still inevitably linear; previous levels cannot be revisited).

The game's huge success in the arcades led to a large number of home ports, an expansion disk (Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons), as well as many sequels that continue to this day, bringing the series' classic elements to new generations of gamers. The Nintendo Entertainment System version later came full circle by appearing in arcades on the PlayChoice-10 hardware.

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Simple English

A gauntlet is a protective covering that is used in some gloves and mittens. A gauntlet protects the wrists and the lower part of the forearm. Gloves or mittens for motorcycle drivers, snowmobile drivers, construction workers, forestry workers, and mountain climbers often have gauntlets. The gauntlet helps to protect the wrist and forearm from cold, and from being scraped or cut if there is an accident.

How they are made

The gauntlet of a glove or mitten is usually made from a material that is similar to the protective fabric or material used elsewhere on the glove or mitten. A pair of leather motorcycle gloves with gauntlets will usually have leather gauntlets. A pair of insulated nylon snowmobilers' mittens with gauntlets will usually have gauntlets made from insulated nylon fabric.

Other meanings

The word "gauntlet" is sometimes used in the following figure of speech: "to throw down the gauntlet." If a person says that "Fred threw down the gauntlet at the committee meeting last night", they mean that Fred issued a public challenge at the committee meeting.

Another figure of speech is the phrase "run the gauntlet." This means to "face a trial or test." For example, if a sailor commits an offense, his comrades may form a line, and each comrade will hit the sailor as he passes by the line. This is called "running the gauntlet."

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