The final part in the Gauntlet trilogy was to be a 3D affair, the perspective owing more to Pacmania and 3D Ant Attack then the previous overhead offerings.
The game features some awesome graphics by Martin Holland and Hadyn Dalton, including some incredible character selection screens. The scrolling is smooth, and the game is quite awesome and faithful to the original classic.
The music is also awesomely created by Tim and Geoff Follin, in the same league as the awesome Ghouls and Ghosts tunes.
The game was due for release in the Summer of 1991 after some well recieved reviews. The game suffered massive delays when the programmer fell ill and US Gold couldn’t get the game off the development system and onto the tape. Something which only the programmer could really do. All attempts failed.
Due to the delays, Gauntlet 3 was to be eventually released onto the Kixx label, but unfornately this never happened either, as they could just not get the game onto tape. It all worked fine on disk though.
Martin Howarth contacted GTW briefly a few years ago, and mentioned that he did not suffer a breakdown of any sort. Again, Martin got in touch with GTW recently and confirmed that what really happened was that he was made redundant by Software Creations, and after that, Software Creations had problems trying to master the game onto tape.
Martin didn’t move onto any other platforms after this, and sadly got left behind. However, after a break from programming, Martin got back into it, and now works at BarCrest. And very soon Martin will be talking a bit more about work on Gauntlet 3 to share with you. So watch this space!
There is also however a remarkable story that Gauntlet 3 did sneak out in very little form… very likely in an evaluation form for people who were part of their software club at US Gold. However, the game was only on disk, and no-one has claimed to have a tape. A few of us luckily have a copy, including Mat Allen and myself (though i’m missing disk 2). A copy is in the procession of someone which is still sealed!
So you can all still play it, though its not friendly with all emulators, so be warned. Tried and fully working in the latest version of Vice. And now thanks to Jazzcat we have added the original disk images (uncracked).
Additionally if you want to see the game ending, then check it out at C64 endings.
A great finale, sadly never fully sold in a nice glossy box…
Contributions: Martin Holland, Martin Howarth, Ian Osbourne, Mat Allen, Quapil, Jazzcat, Andrew Fisher, Ross Sillifant
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Martin Howarth speaks about work on Gauntlet 3…
“My son was looking on your web site early and commented on your reply, about me becoming ill this being the reason Gauntlet was never finished.
The truth being I was made redundant from Software Creations around about 94, Never moved over to the other platforms so got left behind. They then found problems Transferring the game to tape.
With regards to your questions, It was always fun working on any of my games. also spent a lot of time messing. Ask Haydyn what he did to my arm, if he can remember I still have the scar. It was always fun back then but we got the work done.
Its good to look back, I contacted Martin Holland through Friends Reunited, and was very surprised to here he’d pass away, to be honest I read your site twice. Its good to see people respected his work so much, I worked with him for about 3-4 years and found him to be a very pleasant person to work with.
What Martin could do with the C64 was amazing”