The Gauntlet

Player Rating4.84/8

"#218 overall, #14 for 2005"
based on 319 ratings since 03/31/2005
played 5,500 times (finished 446)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

Maturity Level4/8

"need to be accompanied by an adult"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG.
I hope you enjoy this game! I have long been a big fan of this website and am proud to add my offerings to the large roster of cool games already here. Normally I would explain this game, but you'll find out everything you need to soon enough. I will say one thing: there are three good endings, each one better than the other! Try to find them all!

Player Comments

This is an interesting start to the story. I’m not really sure how there is a dungeon built entirely out of steel. Well, I could see that if we were in some futuristic setting where people can make lots of steel and have time to build such things, but I get more of a feeling that we are in a medieval setting, and I’m not sure how they would manage to make an entire dungeon out of steel! But anyway… wait, I’m in a dungeon as a captive, but I still have my sword and shield? I guess they don’t really get a lot of captives around these parts. But hey, at least I have three choices on my first page: I can pick any of three doors that are too heavy for me to open…then why am I picking one?

I did appreciate the different options that were available in the story. I really liked that I could make choices that affected the story, even if there were a lot of different ways to die in this story. It was still fun exploring the dungeon and going back to try different options each time. The story was light-hearted more than it was a serious story, but that’s what made it fun. Thank you for sharing the story with the site.
-- Ogre11 on 7/4/2018 4:48:12 PM with a score of 0
Wow, this was pretty engaging, and this had the right amount of choices for this storygame to be quite enjoyable. This really reminded of a classic dungeon game, in which the player is quite vulnerable as they attempt their best to brave the dangers of a difficult situation of the sort that was presented in this very storygame :)

I felt quite a sense of accomplishment when I finally escaped at the end of this. I must say that this was a keenly written adventure and it has definitely earned my praise. Very impressive, indeed.
-- TharaApples on 11/17/2016 2:11:09 AM with a score of 0
There’s tons of room in the writing to include better descriptors. I do enjoy the premise though. It’s simple, but has a rich backstory. The backstory itself is not too long or detailed, but you get the “Spark Notes” version. The history of the main character is set, so you have an idea of who you’re playing as and why you are in the dungeon. The Gauntlet is a fitting name as you’re running through a dungeon which is exactly that.

Some things that stuck out to me:

-The word “enormous” is repeated in the first few sentences. “Country” is repeated like 5 sentences in a row on the first page as well.

-The writing seems abbreviated and shallow. It doesn’t go much deeper besides “You go here” and “You do this”.

-It gives off sort of a Dark Souls vibe. The suspense of running through a dungeon without knowing what’s waiting for you is a thrill.

It’s a very base-level storygame. It was posted in 2005 and I bet the author could recreate a better game now (2019). That being said, a published game is a published game and I would have liked to seen more depth, branching, and development. I’ve definitely seen a lot worse games be published, but this one had the potential to be something greater. The majority of it is randomly selecting an action and getting lucky if that was the correct link. Reaching the end didn’t feel like much of an accomplishment. On the positive side, I didn’t feel like it was a waste of time.
-- ninjapitka on 5/3/2019 1:15:47 PM with a score of 0
it was really good,and i think you coukd add other descriptions
-- holly ingram on 1/31/2019 9:00:24 AM with a score of 0
Thank you, it was good, I died, I got squished
-- Hazzy on 1/29/2019 7:16:31 AM with a score of 0
this was ok but, there was alot of writing and im not smart so it wold be better for smart people
-- this is not a dril on 1/25/2019 6:21:24 AM with a score of 0
not the best game some bugs because i got killed by my own tool
-- Liam Plester on 1/25/2019 6:17:20 AM with a score of 0
its rlly good took me 3 tries
-- daniel on 1/25/2019 6:15:19 AM with a score of 0
little more fun then home work(:
-- callum on 1/25/2019 6:12:45 AM with a score of 0
it was alright to much writing though maybe shorten down the wrighting
-- daniel on 1/25/2019 6:12:25 AM with a score of 0
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