Iron Gauntz

By Takamichi

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04-05-2020, 04:30

Recently I was asked about the origin of The Iron Gauntz the MSX1 robot game. The dump is pretty everywhere so just google "Iron Gauntz" and you get one.
Name of the developer is Oops which doesn't sound like a proper company. If this game is Japanese (it does display a Japanese message in the first level) I guesstimate it had been submitted from a reader to MSX Magazine/MSX FAN. Do you know where this game came from?

Gameplay: You control a robot within an all direction scrollable narrow room. Shoot the enemy with space/A button, pushing SHIFT/B button continuously activates fast "mover", ESC displays stats. Go over a white tile to unlatch the door(s) to next level, a purple tile for power up/etc., green tile to add a game information. Levels are fixed and not random generated. I haven't found the final objective of the game.

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By MP83

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04-05-2020, 05:52

Just beat this game recently. The objective is to reach room 256 and kill the last boss there, then escape.

Ending/credits screenshots: Click!!
Password for the final room: TXBBMHXVMEV66CQC

Basic layout of the map (missing path and warp markings):

By Takamichi

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04-05-2020, 08:32

Oops Wink no ohhh so thank you for the prompt and useful reply! "ENGLISH INTERPRETER NAKAGAKI" drew my special attention, indicating this game really was originally Japanese. I hope I can find out identify of the credited staffs.

By Takamichi

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04-05-2020, 12:34

Two of the credit names, Black Point and Hiroyuki Hataike are the pseudonyms of a single person, Ito Takehiko the renowned anime/manga artist. Robots in The Iron Gauntz are similar to Ito's style, but whether he really worked for TIG or just that the artist followed Ito's style is unknown. Ito's bio mentions nothing about the game industry but it's interesting Ito wasn't famous back in 1987.

By Manuel

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04-05-2020, 22:15

Never heard about this game before! What a pleasant discovery! Pretty amazing game!

By wyrdwad

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13-05-2020, 14:36

Grabbed some videos of this game in action, since there... well, just WEREN'T any! Anywhere! What a mysterious game...

Random gameplay footage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHZwQ4CaMH4

Title screen theme set to a montage of fights:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxK-ICTrAac

Enjoy! ;)

-Tom

By MP83

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15-05-2020, 11:02

Several rooms in the game says SEGA with big letters:

Meaning what exactly?

By MP83

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18-05-2020, 17:51

Decided to take a break from mapping the game. Here's a playthrough of the game that I just finished:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe50kjY4yaE

By MP83

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31-05-2020, 18:58

All enemy mechs recognized (can't be done by normal means):

The map for the game (shows everything expect inaccessible and pink panel stuff):