Gear Gauntlet is developed and published by Drop Dead Interactive. ‘Gear Gauntlet is a fun but rage inducing 2D action arcade game from Drop Dead Interactive. Test your patience through ever more punishing gauntlets while boosting, teleporting, reversing and rotating to survive. Use your reflexes to break through coloured barriers and earn your place on the leaderboard. Beautiful hand drawn art and a wonderful soundtrack accompany your descent into fury, but do try to remain calm! Can you survive the Gear Gauntlet?’
Gear Gauntlet is a 2D side-scroller that looks simplistic on paper, but is in fact one challenging game. There’s no story to it, it’s just pure gameplay from start to finish. You take control of a ‘gear’ and have to navigate through each level avoiding obstacles and breaking blocks to make it to the end, whilst forever being chased by the side of the screen. If it touches you you are instantly teleported back to the start.
You’ll more than likely die multiple times while you try to get the hang of each level, as there’s multiple directions to take, some easier than others, and when you do finally finish you will no doubt be hit with a big fat ‘F’ rank. You can of course move on to the next level from here, but the real challenge lies in replaying the level to find the best route through collecting the gold, silver and bronze cogs, scoring big to not only get an ‘S’ rank, but to climb as high as possible on the all important online leaderboards.
Another key feature is the afore mentioned blocks that you have to break to proceed through the level. These come as four different colours and correspond to the colours of the ABXY buttons on your controller(comparable to the likes of guitar hero etc.) This throws in a couple of elements to the game. Memory and reflex, as you will have to try to memorise the corresponding colour and button combination along with quickly changing to another button so you don’t get stuck and moved ever closer to the edge of the screen.
Not forgetting the cogs that you also need to pick up for a better score, as mentioned above there’s three types to get, with the bronze giving 100 points, silver 500 points and gold 1000 points. You will generally find that the gold coins are placed in hard to reach or tricky places making them much more difficult to get than the other two. Each level also contains a secret cog which can be quite difficult to get, and often requires a flawless run up to the point of collecting it.
As you progress through to later levels the game introduces ‘saws’ obstacles that will instantly reset you back to the beginning of the level and are placed in numerous spots throughout with some being static and others moving. Now you’ve got to this point it seems a rather daunting game, which it is, I have given up multiple times and occasionally had to go off and have a brew (cup of tea) and calm down, before coming back and picking up the controller and trying again. It’s definitely one for the gamers out there that love a challenge.
Visually Gear Gauntlet is pleasing, it has some nice detailing of the foreground with lots of colours and textures. It also has rather nice hand painted style back drops that scroll along as you play, and set each ‘zone’ off nicely. It also features a decent soundtrack that fits the pace of the game too, and doesn’t get annoying or distracting whilst you play.