Ride the Gauntlet

Ride the Gauntlet is an arcade-style vertical scrolling shoot 'em up. The player controls a futuristic car that must navigate the treacherous bends of a sky bridge high above the city, shooting enemies and collecting coins as they go. This fully playable prototype features one level with a boss at the end.

It's my first game and was built using the Godot Engine. I did all the design, programming, art, music and sound effects except for the title art which Rebel_Slasher kindly contributed. Inspirations include Road Fighter (Konami, 1984) and OutRun 2019 (Sega, 1993).

The music was, as most things I produce, influenced by the video games of my childhood. In fact, I literally included FM instruments derived from those very games in one of the tracks! A recurring theme throughout the game's music is the synth riser, which is meant to evoke the sound of an engine revving. If I ever end up adding more levels to the game, I look forward to extending the soundtrack.

Genres: Arcade, Shoot 'em up

Developer: Stephan Bester

Status: Prototype (2022)

Play the game on itch.io


Ride the Gauntlet screenshot
Title screen
Ride the Gauntlet screenshot
The level
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Tank boss
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How to play