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0 comments by Thatmanoverthere on Apr 29th, 2013

Gauntlet was one of the first video games that I played, and it's successor, Dark Legacy and also Legends, are two of the first games that I managed to beat. I've lost count of the number of hours that I've lost to replaying Dark Legacy, and every run I'm still noticing things I haven't before. In fact, Dream World is one of my favorite places in video games, and the music for the Forbidden Temple still brings back fond memories. Gauntlet Seven Sorrows was released in 2005, and some how, I never got around to getting a copy. So, when I found a copy of Seven Sorrows for the price of $5, I decided to go and fill my Gauntlet collection.

In retrospect, I could have done without it.

In place of the awesome cut-scene showing Skorne killing Garm and an epc world saving plot line, you instead have to help some old man who nailed you to a tree because he realized how bad of an idea it was and because his advisers went evil...

Ok, I could live with that, now just give me the characters I've come to expect from your other titles and-

Oh...your back to only four...

Well, I suppose that could work, so long as the over-world is-

No over-world? No.

O.K. Well then, this game better have some great mus-

OH COME ON...oh wait, this is actually decent.

Coming off of Dark Legacy, you'd expect something more like this:

But, that's ok.

Now, I may be being harsh on the music, but the Sumner's music is the kind of music you'd expect in the background. To top it off, the tracks in Dark Legacy were unique in the fact that they were just trying to do their own thing however they wanted: and were not heavily influenced by Lord of the Rings.  And I'm being serious here: everything in Seven Sorrows feels like they just kidnapped the team from Lord of the Rings and had them do it at gunpoint. Now I'll admit, the other Gauntlet games aren't the best thing ever, but they did do whatever they wanted to and didn't care what others thought. This game...


Unlike with the other Gauntlets, none of the enemies stick out in my mind as being overly tough and almost all of them died in one or two hits. The same goes for the bosses: I don't remember getting anywhere close to dieing on any of them, while the first boss in Dark Legacy has killed me more times then I have him.

Come to think of it, and this may just sound like I'm a bad player, but: I still haven't beaten the first Gauntlet. As for Dark Legacy, It took me several days of hard core gaming just to beat the game, yet alone get to max level. Seven Sorrows, I managed to get max level AND beat within the great time span of FOUR HOURS. I've spent more time on one world in Dark Legacy.

And that's another problem with the game, you can't choose your path. With the original Gauntlet, you were more than able to skip levels, and with Dark Legacy you could (dare I say had to?) repeat levels any time you wanted to. With Seven Sorrows the missions are linear, the levels are short, and there are only six worlds.

Oh yeah, did I mention that there are only Sixteen Levels in the game?

No? Well there are.

As much as I've been harping this game, there are some redeeming factors.

First on the list:

Those are some cool enemies. And it's not just the concept art for death that look good:

Considering the number of enemies who can appear on screen at one time, they actually put some detail into the guys, to the point of them having different weapons. The downside to this is that there really aren't that many different types of enemies, but the ones you get do turn out well designed so, kudos.

Another thing I kind of, maybe, sort of like was the whole upgrade system. Unlike the other Gauntlets, you are able to upgrade more than just your stats, and are capable of learning new abilities and spells, which is neat. However:

The whole system would have worked better if their were more classes to choose from, and if it wasn't so easy to get upgrades.

Final Warning!
All things considered, I got what I paid for for the game. I suppose if I had looked up some reviews first, I wouldn't have had as high expectations and wouldn't be near as harsh on it. In fact, I think them trying to recapture the whole feel of Dark Legacy while trying new things is what caused this game to end up like it did. While there is very little incentive to go and replay the game, if you come across a cheap copy and want to see why there's no harm done.

With that said, I give this game:
7 Lord of the Rings rip offs
Out of
1 Dark Legacy

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grouchbag May 24 2013, 10:12pm says:

I happen to like that,but remember,it's up to you what you put in,not me.Lol.Noticed you have 40 downloads at least,so your game is getting some sort of attention.That's good!

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grouchbag May 23 2013, 6:48pm says:

I think the forum post is a great idea.Just remember,some may like it,some may hate it.What's the worst? Nothing is the worst.You can't please everyone.You may get a lot of gripes,listen to those.You may get a troller or two,but that's what the report abuse button is for.Otherwise ignore them.You know one thing? You can do something I can't.You know how to make games.All I know how to do is play them.While I'm no expert,I can spot some talent here and there.As I said,I like your game.That's why I'm encouraging you.Just do the best you can,and go on from there.Good luck as usual!

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grouchbag May 23 2013, 6:39pm says:

I have my ways.Actually,I watched the video too.

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Thatmanoverthere May 24 2013, 10:08pm replied:

Oh, that. No that was nutcracker.

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grouchbag May 22 2013, 2:25am says:

Hi! I don't know what you'll think of my answer, but here goes.First,it's a decision you'll need to make for yourself.Okay,you got 32 downloads.That's a pretty good start right there.Consider that as a little encouragement.By the way, I liked the touch of music from the ballet,Swan Lake.It's not something Some one would normally expect.I think it was a good touch,myself.Have you got a page on Indie DB?You could have your game on there to see what people think.Or maybe tell about your game here in the Mddb forum.You'll possibly get some good (or bad) opinions there.It doesn't hurt to try.Just be yourself.No matter what anyone thinks,believe in yourself.Don't be discouraged if you some bad opinions.There's always going to be somebody who doesn't like something.Personally,I liked your game.But in the long run, what I think is only one opinion.For myself, I always like to try out new and different stuff.And if you get bad comments,don't worry.If any body doesn't like something about your game,ask how you can improve.And yes, The Worst Game ever made is cartoonish,but it's pretty obvious that's the way it's supposed to be.I've played some games where the graphics are beautiful,but the game sucks.Do I think you should continue with your game? If YOU are pleased with it no matter what,by all means continue.It also wouldn't hurt to make a few other games in different styles.Don't make it just this one thing.
Well,got to go for now. I hope this has been of some help to you.I think I've been too long winded already.One last word? I think you DO show some talent. And last but not least,I don't think your question was weird.Yuo already know I wish you the best of luck.I really mean that!

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Thatmanoverthere May 23 2013, 5:16pm replied:

Thanks, I'll make a forum post and ask.

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Guest May 19 2013, 9:34am says:

So you're a third gen gamer whose first game was for the PS2? Be honest now.

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Thatmanoverthere May 19 2013, 4:18pm replied:

No my first game was on the Sega Genesis (although this one place I went to a lot had a Super Nintendo). After that, it was Game Boy, then N64 before PS one, Game boy advance, Game Cube, and finally PS2.
If you are talking about the review, that was the original Gauntlet, followed by the Legends, followed by Dark Legacy.

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Thatmanoverthere May 19 2013, 4:19pm replied:

...I suppose that would put me in fourth gen, but I did recently acquire a lot of games and the systems for them from that time.

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