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Tempest 2000 (Jaguar)

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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.3
Overall MobyScore (31 votes) 4.3


The Press Says

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100
myatari
Tempest 2000 is by Jeff Minter of Llamasoft, and carries all the hallmarks of his previous works: fast, blistering action coupled with eye-shocking graphics and wild sounds. The title is not for the meek, but a snarling beast that runs on blood, sweat, and adrenaline. For those looking for a hot, never-ending challenge, turn down the lights, crank up the volume, and jam with Tempest 2000!
100
The Atari Times
Tempest 2000 is as close to a perfect game as you can get. The graphics, the sounds, the music, the gameplay, and the intensity are unequaled by any other game. I only hope the imitations are half as good as the original.
100
GamePro (US)
Great sounds, stunning graphics and arcade speed make this a must. Tempest 2000 makes the Jaguar roar!
100
Atari HQ
Just writing about Tempest 2000 makes me want to rush over to my TV and plug it in for another round. I'll just sum up Tempest 2000 by proclaiming it to be one of the wildest, thrilling, adrenaline-inducing shooters to come out in a long time. The only other games to give me this feeling are Robotron:2084... and the original Tempest. Minter's love of the Dave Theurer's coin-op masterpiece is very apparent by the care he put into making sure that the Jaguar's 2000 version lives up to the legacy left by the original.
100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
I'll just sum up Tempest 2000 by proclaiming it to be one of the wildest, thrilling, adrenaline-inducing shooters to come out in a long time. Only Robotron: 2084 and the original Tempest have managed to serve up the same kind of gaming ecstacy as this masterpiece.
97
ST Format
Playing the game really is like nothing else, ever. Nothing. Really. Veterans of the original Tempest may recognise the underpinning ideas, but the fresh treatment adds immeasurably to the game.
95
Defunct Games
Did I say two player mode? The multi player is pure genius. Player One on one side, Two on the opposite side. Those little bullet-balls are everywhere. Some of the most fun I've had was spent yelling with my friends playing this game. If you don't have it, hey, you are missing out. If there was ever a game to own a system for, it's Tempest 2000!
93
Atari ST User
This is a challenging, addictive and highly individual title worthy of anyone's time and attention. Price-wise though, you're left wondering what happened to Atari's proposals. Weren't the carts supposed to cost £30-40?
91
Entertainment Weekly
An update of the arcade shooting classic, Tempest 2000 is multimedia in the truest sense, with psychedelic graphics, a CD-quality soundtrack, breathy voice samples (the words superzapper recharge have never sounded more erotic), even text that scrolls past at dizzying speeds. The one weakness is the often-unresponsive Jaguar control pad.
91
The Video Game Critic
The excellent techno music fits the frenetic pace of the game. Gameplay is wild. Power-ups are all over the place, and the enemies just keep coming. There's even a two player mode where you and a friend can compete on a split screen. But it's hard enough to tell what's going on in the one-player mode, so the two player mode is practically unplayable. Also, the difficulty of the one-player game is a little on the easy side. The games tend to be lengthy.
90
All Game Guide
If you dug on the original Tempest, there's no doubt Tempest 2000 and its multiple play modes will float your boat. This is one of the few must-buy Jaguar titles.
90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
It's not the perfect shooter it once was, but only because it still appears Atari cut some corners. For example - the music, which is probably the best I've ever heard in a videogame, consists of a mere four main tracks. There are a few others, heard in bonus rounds and in the demos, but they're inconsequential. The rippin' techno that actually made Kevin Oleniacz' eyes bulge when he first heard it is played for sixteen levels at a time before it changes. I would have preferred shorter pieces and more of them. I also think the bonus levels could have been more inventive, although they certainly are eye-catching. My final nit is the overall display, which at its most frantic is too cluttered to see what the hell is in front of you. I guess that's the price you pay for a game that's this hectic.
90
Just Games Retro
It's a great value for Tempest fans or newcomers. There are enough free versions of the game online (one even on Atari's website, though you have to register) to give you a general idea of how the game plays. If you like what you see, then Tempest 2000 does its job of being the definitive version to get. The inclusion of the original Tempest makes for hours of great play on its own, and Tempest 2000 is just the kind of update/sequel fans will love. Plus and Duel do risk being forgotten, but their inclusion does drive up the overall value of the pack, and the co-op in Plus is a masterstroke addition. It's certainly not worth buying a Jaguar for, but a PC port a few years after the console went under means you don't have to. Also not worth an impulse buy for someone who has never played, but if you try Tempest free and like it, Tempest 2000 makes a natural and enjoyable addition to your library.
88
Mega Fun
Was der in den schottischen Highlands lebende Lama-Freak und Atarianer fast im Alleingang in nächtelanger Kleinstarbeit zusammengebastelt hat, kann sich wirklich sehen lassen und sollte auch in Spielhallen zu einem Münzgrab avancieren. Action? High Speed Motivation? Einer geht noch. Leveldesign? Verschärft. Sound? lt's a cartridge. Schlicht und einfach: Tempest läßt Spielerträume wahr werden (War das jetzt schlicht genug?). P.S. Nur wer es im Traum beherrscht kann es durchspielen.
88
neXGam
Der Jaguar hat viele Spiele die eine ungemein polarisierende Wirkung haben und auch Tempest gehört dazu. Man liebt es oder man hasst es, dazwischen gibt es nichts. Es ist frustrierend und motivierend zugleich. Die Kämpfe hektisch, oft unfair und unübersichtlich. Zudem hält sich die spielerische Abwechslung der einzelnen Levels doch stark zurück. Aber trotz alldem fesselt das Spiel von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute. Wer sich Atari Fan schimpft kommt kaum an diesem Titel vorbei.
88
Game Players
The only real improvements over the original are some new (admittedly cool) power ups and a hip, psychedelic look. It's great to play it again and it's one of the best Jaguar games by a mile, but don't buy it thinking it's the greatest thing since sliced bread.
87
Game Zero
"Now for the main reason to own a Jag" - I swear that every person I've ever seen play this game says this line in one form or another the first time they load up Tempest 2000. ...and, well, for better or worse, it is a very accurate statement! Graphics are absolutely beautiful, although I must admit that in full blown Tempest 2000 mode, that the busy graphics (ie: explosions, etc...) can about make you blind. Music and sound effects in this game are unquestionably some of the best ever to come out of a console unit. My only (and I mean only) real complaint is that this game MUST HAVE PADDLES! Dammit, a joypad just doesn't cut it.
85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Yes! Yes! Yes! This is exactly what the Jaguar needed. A good ole dose of nostalgia. Tempest 2000 is an excellent game. Four game modes with a cool Two-Player Versus Mode is fantastic. No one will want to miss Tempest 2000. It's got gobs of power-ups, tough enemies, and the exotic bonus stages will keep you drooling. The techno/rave music is fantastic! The only thing missing is the roller controller.
85
ST-Computer
Mit den farbenprächtigen Feinden und Galaxien in "Tempest 2000" zeigt der Jaguar endlich seine Krallen, und auch sein Brüllen hört sich mittlerweile recht ordentlich an."Tempest2000" ist ein sehr gut gelungenes Remake des Klassikers.
80
Consoles Plus
Pour ceux qui connaissent l'original, la note atteint 92%. Les autres le trouveront un peu "vide". Tempest 2000 reste tout de même excellent.
67
Retroage
Tempest 2000 to obok Alien vs Predator jeden z najważniejszych tytułów na Jaguara i jakkolwiek śmiesznie by to w przypadku tej konsoli nie zabrzmiało – prawdziwy system seller. Dla tej gry wielu kupowało atarowego kocura i z całą pewnością nie żałowali wydanych pieniędzy, bo Tempest 2000 oferuje rozgrywkę na długie godziny. Całość bardzo mocno zajeżdża scenową produkcją, co niesie za sobą dość specyficzny klimat. W związku z tym przed zakupem opisywanej gierki polecam jednak sprawdzić ją u kogoś znajomego, żeby przypadkiem się nie rozczarować.