Gauntlet: The Third Encounter

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Gauntlet: The Third Encounter
Gauntlet: The Third Encounter
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari
Platform(s) Atari Lynx
Release date(s) 1990
Genre(s) Action, Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Cartridge

Gauntlet: The Third Encounter is an arcade-style action game by Atari, that was released on the short-lived Atari Lynx handheld in 1990. The game can be played by one to four players simultaneously. It introduced new character classes like “Nerd” or “Punkrocker” and was one of a few games that used the “vertical mode” of the Atari Lynx, another being the port of Klax. The story: a crystal falls from the sky and lands in a castle, and it must be retrieved from within its 40 mazes type area.[1]

A year later U.S. Gold and Tengen would release another completely different game called Gauntlet III: The Final Quest.


Robert A. Jung wrote in his review on IGN that "Gauntlet: The Third Encounter is not a Lynx adaptation of any of the Gauntlet arcade games. Instead, this was originally a similar game developed by Epyx called Time Quests and Treasure Chests. When Atari bought the rights to the Lynx, they gave it a quick name change in hopes that the Gauntlet title would enhance its market appeal." [2]


  1. ^ Robert A. Jung (July 6, 1999). "Gauntlet: The Third Encounter – Third time's not the charm". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ Robert A. Jung (July 6, 1999). "Gauntlet: The Third Encounter – IGN Review". IGN Entertainment. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 

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