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Genre: Arcade, Shooter

Platforms: BBC Microcomputer System, ZX Spectrum, Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Acorn Electron, Atari ST/STE

Tempest is a 1981 arcade game by Atari Inc., designed and programmed by Dave Theurer. It takes place on a three-dimensional surface, sometimes wrapped into a tube, which is viewed from one end and is divided into a dozen or more segments or lanes. The player controls a claw-shaped spaceship (named Blaster) that crawls along the near edge of the playfield, moving from segment to segment. Tempest was one of the first games to us... Read More


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79Good65
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AkinNahtanoj
17 reviews

Fair 70%

This game really lacks when it comes to control and gameplay, but there is no turning around the impressing early vector graphics. Tempest is worth checking out only for that reason, and mostly, my high rating is more or less based on only that. The graphics.

The gameplay is also okay, as soon as you learn the stiff control.

Positive points
Impressive early age graphics
Negative points
Stiff control
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KurtSchwind
3 reviews

Alright 80%

The game play was very smooth and used, as I recall, a knob instead of the more traditional left/right buttons or a joystick. The limited 3D perspective was used to good affect.