therelicChillingo also revealed to us another upcoming game today that they described as "Gauntlet on steroids". Gauntlet, of course, being the classic multiplayer Atari arcade game where you hacked and slashed your way through levels. And The Relic sounds like it's going to mimic that gameplay:

You find yourself in the deepest level of a dungeon - you must seek out and destroy the Quinotaur (a 5 horned Dragon). The beast has ruled over 1,000 years and - through the power of The Relic - re-animates the dead and draws power from them.

The game is described as a hack n'slack close-combat multi-player game that can be played by 1 to 4 people. You'll fight against zombies, skeletons, huge spiders and more with 3D graphics and frantic action.

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The game is expected for release in November.

  • AaronAMV

    Gauntlet... Good times, I'll be most likely picking this up, if gameplay looks any good.

    • Danzach

      Chillingo.... I think I love you... :)

  • AaronAMV

    Gauntlet... Good times, I'll be most likely picking this up, if gameplay looks any good.

    • Danzach

      Chillingo.... I think I love you... :)

  • Booch138

    If this game controls good, I will DEFINITELY be getting this. Many good times for sure.

  • Booch138

    If this game controls good, I will DEFINITELY be getting this. Many good times for sure.

  • myrobot............die

    never heard of gauntlet, but if the gameplay holds up, this LOOKS awesome

    • dexx0008

      woah woah woah, never heard of gauntlet? lets step back in the way back machine for a minute.

      at least look up this classic. saying you never heard of this is like saying you've never heard of classics like elevator action, contra, tron, etc etc

      many people went through many quarters playing this. multi player was great.

      • myrobot............die

        ive played contra many times. ill have to look up the others you mentioned

  • myrobot............die

    never heard of gauntlet, but if the gameplay holds up, this LOOKS awesome

    • dexx0008

      woah woah woah, never heard of gauntlet? lets step back in the way back machine for a minute.

      at least look up this classic. saying you never heard of this is like saying you've never heard of classics like elevator action, contra, tron, etc etc

      many people went through many quarters playing this. multi player was great.

      • myrobot............die

        ive played contra many times. ill have to look up the others you mentioned

  • Dave

    Wizard needs food. Badly

    • jaytee

      is about to die.

      • TomV

        red wizard shot the potion.

    • Mentat Tir

      Remember, don't shoot food.

      • Mr. Brand

        Don't shoot your friends. Yet.

  • Dave

    Wizard needs food. Badly

    • jaytee

      is about to die.

      • TomV

        red wizard shot the potion.

    • Mentat Tir

      Remember, don't shoot food.

      • Mr. Brand

        Don't shoot your friends. Yet.

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    Zak needs more money for his iPhone games, badly.

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    Zak needs more money for his iPhone games, badly.

  • Phreakuency

    Characters need more polys. Badly.

    • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

      Regarding poly count, I agree. Saw the tweet about this and came running to look at the article! Now that I see it, I'm disappointed. "Gauntlet on steroids" or not, I'll probably pass. Unless they make a nice sprite based one where you can see more on the screen at once... Hmmm... reminds me I better get back to work on my projects :)

      • http://www.RockingPocketGames.com RPGGuy

        That's actually a lot of polys and 3D characters to animate for an iphone game. If you want a sprite based Gauntlet try Dark Raider.

      • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

        @ RPGGuy... Already bought Dark Raider from you when it was first available in the app store (yes at full price, I believe it was $7.99 at the time). Not a bad game by any means, and much closer to Gauntlet than "The Relic" could hope to be... But I still crave the true Gauntlet experience, sprites, "wizard needs food, badly" voiceovers, the works! :)

  • Phreakuency

    Characters need more polys. Badly.

    • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

      Regarding poly count, I agree. Saw the tweet about this and came running to look at the article! Now that I see it, I'm disappointed. "Gauntlet on steroids" or not, I'll probably pass. Unless they make a nice sprite based one where you can see more on the screen at once... Hmmm... reminds me I better get back to work on my projects :)

      • http://www.RockingPocketGames.com RPGGuy

        That's actually a lot of polys and 3D characters to animate for an iphone game. If you want a sprite based Gauntlet try Dark Raider.

      • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

        @ RPGGuy... Already bought Dark Raider from you when it was first available in the app store (yes at full price, I believe it was $7.99 at the time). Not a bad game by any means, and much closer to Gauntlet than "The Relic" could hope to be... But I still crave the true Gauntlet experience, sprites, "wizard needs food, badly" voiceovers, the works! :)

  • jaytee

    does it bother anyone else that "taur" refers to a bull (minotaur, taurus, etc), not a dragon?

    • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

      Well, it is a horned dragon, which is unusual for dragons, so that would explain the "Taur."

      • jaytee

        do you live in europe or something? around these parts, all the dragons have horns.

  • jaytee

    does it bother anyone else that "taur" refers to a bull (minotaur, taurus, etc), not a dragon?

    • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

      Well, it is a horned dragon, which is unusual for dragons, so that would explain the "Taur."

      • jaytee

        do you live in europe or something? around these parts, all the dragons have horns.

  • http://axolotlstudios.com AxolotlStudios

    You're going to love this! :)

  • http://axolotlstudios.com AxolotlStudios

    You're going to love this! :)

  • owlnonymous

    I just played gauntlet in the arcade last week. I'm ready for some more!

  • owlnonymous

    I just played gauntlet in the arcade last week. I'm ready for some more!

  • mikeadamstattoo

    just looking at that first screenshot, the first thing i thought of was "2fps"

    hopefully its not, looks cool.

  • mikeadamstattoo

    just looking at that first screenshot, the first thing i thought of was "2fps"

    hopefully its not, looks cool.

  • MidianGTX

    Gauntlet on steroids? Gauntlet had waaaay more enemies than in these screenshots, so what exactly provides the steroid factor here?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      That the enemies are not just crappy little sprites? (I say that with a deep love and appreciation of the original Gauntlet, by the way.)

  • MidianGTX

    Gauntlet on steroids? Gauntlet had waaaay more enemies than in these screenshots, so what exactly provides the steroid factor here?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      That the enemies are not just crappy little sprites? (I say that with a deep love and appreciation of the original Gauntlet, by the way.)

  • PeterM11

    Haah. Awesome. We have a Gauntlet arcade game at our local movie theatre and me and a few friends wasted about a half hour after a movie once. it was intense.

  • PeterM11

    Haah. Awesome. We have a Gauntlet arcade game at our local movie theatre and me and a few friends wasted about a half hour after a movie once. it was intense.

  • Genesisco Kid

    I've been thinking this one related question for a while now...

    When (if ever) is a "Gauntlet: Dark Legacy" (or franchise update) port going to come to iPhone/iPod?

    (btw... thanks for the heads up about "Relic" which may provide the (only) neo-retro fix)

  • Genesisco Kid

    I've been thinking this one related question for a while now...

    When (if ever) is a "Gauntlet: Dark Legacy" (or franchise update) port going to come to iPhone/iPod?

    (btw... thanks for the heads up about "Relic" which may provide the (only) neo-retro fix)

  • http://axolotlstudios.com AxolotlStudios

    Fan page on Facebook for all the latest info about *The Relic*:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/The-Relic/149992531219?ref=nf

  • http://axolotlstudios.com AxolotlStudios

    Fan page on Facebook for all the latest info about *The Relic*:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/The-Relic/149992531219?ref=nf

  • http://www.pennygamer.com Penny Gamer

    Man, I love it when older games (or remakes of) make it to the iPhone. This looks like a lot of fun. I just hope it was some kind of storyline to go along with it. Hack and slash is fun, but it is enhanced by a nice story.

    Thanks to RPGGuy for the Dark Raider mention. Don't have that yet...off to get it now.

  • http://www.pennygamer.com Penny Gamer

    Man, I love it when older games (or remakes of) make it to the iPhone. This looks like a lot of fun. I just hope it was some kind of storyline to go along with it. Hack and slash is fun, but it is enhanced by a nice story.

    Thanks to RPGGuy for the Dark Raider mention. Don't have that yet...off to get it now.

  • linda wei

    hey peops when is this Relic game coming out

  • linda wei

    hey peops when is this Relic game coming out

  • http://axolotlstudios.com AxolotlStudios

    We've decided to take a little extra time to improve The Relic's graphics and animations prior to release and to add significantly more overall polish. We want to deliver the highest quality game that we can and as a result, we will release in early 2010 instead of November as originally stated.

    For any questions, feel free to PM us: username indigo8.

    Axolotl Studios

  • http://axolotlstudios.com AxolotlStudios

    We've decided to take a little extra time to improve The Relic's graphics and animations prior to release and to add significantly more overall polish. We want to deliver the highest quality game that we can and as a result, we will release in early 2010 instead of November as originally stated.

    For any questions, feel free to PM us: username indigo8.

    Axolotl Studios

  • lilcasy

    omg i remeber gauntlet i loved that game lol.

  • lilcasy

    omg i remeber gauntlet i loved that game lol.

  • MWHApps

    IT"S DECEMBER...... NO RELEASE?

    • MWHApps

      I am sorry if I sounded rude above.... I should have read the comment above that says it will be out in early 2010.... Sorry if I caused any trouble....

  • MWHApps

    IT"S DECEMBER...... NO RELEASE?

    • MWHApps

      I am sorry if I sounded rude above.... I should have read the comment above that says it will be out in early 2010.... Sorry if I caused any trouble....

  • linda wei

    well i cant wait to play this game . look so amazing . yall need to common with it. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • linda wei

    well i cant wait to play this game . look so amazing . yall need to common with it. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Bill

    Looking forward to this! Too bad no playing over Xmas with it but now almost 2010! So soon I'm sure!

    I'm all for a great gauntlet type multiplayer game that works great on an iPhone 3g!

  • Bill

    Looking forward to this! Too bad no playing over Xmas with it but now almost 2010! So soon I'm sure!

    I'm all for a great gauntlet type multiplayer game that works great on an iPhone 3g!

  • linda wei

    hey wut happen to this relic game !!!!!! i thought early 2010 so wut the next excuse .........hurrrriiiiiiiupppppp chillingo

  • linda wei

    hey wut happen to this relic game !!!!!! i thought early 2010 so wut the next excuse .........hurrrriiiiiiiupppppp chillingo

  • Victor

    wtf whens the game going to come out

  • Victor

    wtf whens the game going to come out

  • linda wei

    4real when when when ??????? i thought early 2010

  • linda wei

    4real when when when ??????? i thought early 2010

  • Michael

    Sadly, Chillingo is building a reputation of being the Failure to Launch publishers. It seems almost every game they announce (except survival shooters) has a 50/50 chance of never appearing in the App Store. I guess The Relic can officially join that ever-promised, never-delivered Dracula game in the Chillingo vault. I'm sorry to be harsh, but I would rather not know about a game until its ready to be delivered than float on vaporware for months. Now that Catacombs is out, I feel less anxious. It's not Gauntlet, but delivers some of the experience. Most importantly, I can play it now and hope for more updates.

  • Michael

    Sadly, Chillingo is building a reputation of being the Failure to Launch publishers. It seems almost every game they announce (except survival shooters) has a 50/50 chance of never appearing in the App Store. I guess The Relic can officially join that ever-promised, never-delivered Dracula game in the Chillingo vault. I'm sorry to be harsh, but I would rather not know about a game until its ready to be delivered than float on vaporware for months. Now that Catacombs is out, I feel less anxious. It's not Gauntlet, but delivers some of the experience. Most importantly, I can play it now and hope for more updates.

  • http://ifreeloads.net/ Maximjke

    Boring game=(  maybe..

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    No idea why this article shows in the side-bar of TA's site? All the comments are ... "from 3 years ago". Guess it didn't happen...?