Arcade Retro Games: Atari and the Gauntlet Cabinet


Atari Gauntlet Cabinet 1985 -80s and 90s Arcades, Retro Games and Classic Video Games

Among the classic Atari video game projects, the one that turned out to be the most complex for the design team was Gauntlet (1985). Gauntlet was the first 4 players dungeon crawl arcade game ever made, born from the prolific imagination of Ed Logg, one of Atari’s most famous game designers.

Atari Gauntlet Cabinet Design Prototypes 1985 -80s and 90s Arcades, Retro Games and Classic Video Games

One of the problems was how to make four players fit on a single game board, without making them feel “tight” and how to position the cabinet monitor to allow everyone to see the screen clearly.

Atari Gauntlet Cabinet Design Prototypes 1985 -80s and 90s Arcades, Retro Games and Classic Video Games

Cutting the structure and having a cabinet without the classic upper marquee, in fact, really worried the designers, who feared the reflections of the ambient lights on the monitor.

Over 8.000 4-players Gauntlet cabinet were produced. In 1986 a smaller model was added, which allowed only two players to play. Designing an arcade cabinet has never been a simple task!