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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
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Overall User Score (36 votes) 4.2

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myatari (Nov, 2000)
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!
The Atari Times (Nov 01, 1996)
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.
GamePro (US) (May, 1994)
Great sounds, stunning graphics and arcade speed make this a must. Tempest 2000 makes the Jaguar roar!
Atari HQ (2002)
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.
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.
ST Format (Jun, 1994)
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.
Defunct Games (Dec 04, 2004)
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!
Atari ST User (Sep, 1994)
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?
Entertainment Weekly (May 20, 1994)
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.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 19, 2000)
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.
Oldies Rising (Oct 08, 2013)
Tempest 2000 se présente comme l'un des incontournables de la Jaguar, tant par son ambiance extraordinaire que par son gameplay frisant la perfection. Au fil du temps, il s'imposa comme l'un des titres les plus appréciés de cette ludothèque par les joueurs, et un simple essai de quelques minutes suffira au néophyte pour comprendre les raisons de cet état de grâce...
Retro Game Reviews (Dec 11, 2015)
Tempest 2000 is a must-own title for the Atari Jaguar as you'll start playing and then suddenly realise that several hours have passed in the blink of an eye! The shooting action is fun and engrossing and despite its simple premise it's highly addictive with deceptively deep gameplay mechanics.
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.
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.
Just Games Retro (Feb 11, 2007)
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.
Play Time (May 04, 1994)
Die kompromißlos auf Techno getrimmte Aufmachung wird mit hundertprozentiger Sicherheit nicht ausschließlich für Begeisterung sorgen, hier entscheidet einzig der persönliche Geschmack. Für mich ist Tempest 2000 im Moment ohne Zweifel DAS Game schlechthin: Ich liebe Techno, ich liebe Videospiele, ich liebe Tempest! Jeff Minters Jaguar-Premiere läßt die Atari-Fangemeinde wieder etwas optimistischer in die Zukunft blicken.
Mega Fun (Sep, 1994)
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.
neXGam (1994)
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.
Game Players (Nov, 1994)
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.
Game Zero (May, 1995)
"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.
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.
ST-Computer (Jul, 1994)
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.
A blast from the past comes hurtling into the present - and like wow! The original version you get on the Tempest cart is enjoyable enough, but you'll be leaving it by the wayside for the incredible Nineties remix, featuring some of the most frenetic shoot-'em-up action ever, although it does get repetitive. Tempest 2000 is easily the best game available for the Jaguar - and it's got a mindwarping rave soundtrack - so let's hope this is the turning point for Atari's new machine.
Die Stärke des Spiels liegt vor allem in der simplen und logischen Steuerung, der einfachen, aber genialen Spielidee und in der wirklich hervorragenden Akustik. Jeder, der das Joypad in den Händen hat, weiß automatisch, was zu tun ist, und kann loslegen, ohne großartig die Anleitung zu lesen. So müssen Action-Spiele sein!
Video Games (Sep, 1994)
Sicherlich, die Grafik ist nicht das, was man von einer 64-Bit-Konsole erwartet und jedes andere System könnte das ebenfalls bewerkstelligen. Tja, Tempest 2000 gibt es eben nun mal nur für diese Konsole. Es macht einfach einen Heidenspaß, sich die Seele aus den Leib zu ballern, auch wenn es manchen auf die Dauer zu langweilig erscheinen mag. Die fetzigen Techno-Musikstücke sind bis jetzt das Beste, was ich auf dem Jaguar gehört habe. Der Beweis: Es gibt mittlerweile schon eine offizielle Tempest 2000-Musik-CD zum Kaufen! Für mich ist der aufgemotzte Klassiker eines der besten Jaguar-Spiele, was es momentan zum Kaufen gibt.
Consoles Plus (Jun, 1994)
Pour ceux qui connaissent l'original, la note atteint 92%. Les autres le trouveront un peu "vide". Tempest 2000 reste tout de même excellent.
Score (Sep, 1994)
Grafika mne nijak nenadchla, zato hudba by měla tvořit samostatnou kapitolu. Během hry vám totiž bude hrát perfektní techno doprovázené varovnými, informativními či obdivnými výkřiky. Společně s kaskádami výbuchů, řachotem střelby a svižností hry tvoří impozantní celek. Na druhou stranu hra poměrně rychle omrzí, takže si ji kupte v případě, že máte rádi střelbu, rytmickou muziku a vysoké tempo hry.
Retroage (May 15, 2010)
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.
Megablast (Jun, 1994)
Nun wollen wir aber nicht unfair sein, denn für Leute mit einem besonderen Geschmack mag Tempest 2000 ja durchaus seinen Reiz haben. Wer also auf knüppelhartes Dauerfeuer und schräge Ideen steht, könnte hier genau an der richtigen Adresse sein - etwas konventionelleren Zocken empfehlen wir hingegen dringend ein kleines Probespiel vor dem Kauf!

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