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Tempest (テンペスト)

Released in 1981

Developer: Atari
Manufacturer: Atari
Distributor: Atari

****.5 (6 total votes)

Tempest marquee
game marquee

Game Summary

Space - Blast through abstract 3-D "tubes"

Hardware Info

Controls: Knob / Button(s)
Horizontal-mounted Vector monitor
0 x 0 Resolution
Colors: 256 Color

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

M6502 cpu @ 1 Mhz
Pokey audio @ 1 Mhz
Pokey audio @ 1 Mhz

Hardware Platform

Atari Vector

Mame ROMs

tempest, Tempest (rev 3)
tempest1, Tempest (rev 1)
tempest2, Tempest (rev 2)
temptube, Tempest Tubes

Game Details

Abstract blaster - awesome - colour vector - destroy electrical creatures travelling up sides of tubes - fly through to next one.

There was an unauthorized add-on titled "Tempest Tubes" that added bizarre new playfields.

Subject to a few home-console sequels; Tempest 2000 for Atari Jaguar and PC, Tempest X3 for PlayStation.

  • Published for Atari 2600 (prototype), 5200 (prototype) by Atari.
  • Published for PC by Microsoft in Microsoft Arcade.
  • Published for PC by Hasbro/Atari in Atari Arcade Hits.
  • Published for PC, PlayStation, Saturn by Midway in Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection.
  • Published as LCD handheld by Tiger.

Tempest control panel
control panel

Tempest cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Tempest title screen
title screen
Tempest gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Tempest promotional flyer
promotional flyer

"Maybe" Images

(fuzzy search, these MAY match the game, or they may not)

Tempest cabinet - there has to be a better photo out there somewhereTempest cocktail tabletopFlyer: 1 FrontFlyer: 4 BackFlyer: 2 Middle leftFlyer: 3 Middle rightA side view of the Tempest cabinet. Member Ratings / Comments

***** by SaraAB. Comment: "how could you not like tempest, well, maybe if your an operator you dont like it, known for its monitor probs, excellent gameplay and color vector graphics, and the cabinet is probably the best part of it, very artistic and nice to look at design" 2000-12-31 22:59:53Z

***** by Reinen. Comment: "Fascinating, yet simple game - I`d forgotten what the cabinet looked like until I saw it here at - truly original as well. The gameplay was fast and frantic - the sound effects sound like Defender (or vice versa) - excellent when extremely loud. I had read somewhere that originally the gameplay was different - your `ship` remained static and the rest of the playing field moved around. Imagine that. I don`t think I would have liked it in that case. Thank phew that it evolved into the game we know now." 2003-02-18 09:04:27Z

***** by goat. Comment: "I loved this "right brain" game! That and I've always been a sucker for that crisp vector display look! A tip for other Tempest owners - I added a fan to the inside of the cabinet to keep the CRT display transistors from burning up. It hasn't failed since! Gary" 2003-07-02 03:22:08Z

***** by caveman. Comment: "Can't say I was any good at this game when it first came out, but it was a lot of fun just to watch. A very hypnotic experience, and a must have in anyone's collection. One thing that you have to love about vectors, is how everything looks electric." 2004-11-27 18:31:49Z

***** by suchatzi. Comment: "a true classic, how many atari games from the 80's were relased again with the same popularity in the 90's? well this was one of them. i'm looking for the protype edition. i've got the rom's for revision 1, 2 and 3. anyone know where i can get the prototype rom?" 2005-03-16 09:26:35Z

***  by tobylwillis. Comment: "Anyone know of anyone selling a Tempest game? " 2005-09-28 18:13:27Z

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This game page was created 8/3/1998 12:00:00 AM and last updated 12/13/2021 6:51:18 AM