Move over Gauntlet, here comes:
Program: Jörn Galka
Graphics: M. Drechsel
Musician: Ramiro Vaca
Zzap! Rating: N/A
Lemon64 Rating: 7.2
Before continuing this series with Turrican 2, I'm a little backtracking to Garrison, whose Amiga version actually came out even before Great Giana Sisters, so technically it's the oldest Rainbow Arts game featured, albeit the C64 version seen here came out after Giana Sisters. (Speaking of the latter, before I forget => Giana Sisters is coming soon for the DS! )
Back to Garrison. As you can see, this is a 1:1 clone of Gauntlet. Risking yet another lawsuit aside, the Amiga version actually really made sense though, since at the time no Gauntlet port for the Amiga existed. The existence of the C64 version though is a little mystery to me. Not only did it come out ~ 2 years after the original Gauntlet, it is also worse than that.
While at least the two title tunes from Ramiro Vaca are living up to Rainbow Arts normal standards, the graphics are horrible. If they wouldn't have credited an artist, I'd almost assume they just wrote some quick'n'dirty automatic conversion tool.
Other than that it's really just regular Gauntlet, everything is the same. Shoot ghosts and their generators, collect keys and potions until you beat all 132 levels (or drop out before). The only real improvement over Gauntlet I can see is that it'll allow a third player onscreen to join via keyboard.
Fun in 2009:
Well, I didn't like it back in the day - and it didn't get better with age