(Screenshots do not do justice, especially
when it is a vector game)
One may question why it took so
long for me to review a classic like this game. It is one of
the most loved arcade games and the updated version on the Atari
Jaguar, Saturn and Playstation kept the game alive in the hearts
and minds of gamers the world over. I will tell you why I never
bothered to review this game before, I never had a controller
that made the experience enjoyable. Before I received my
Devastator II, I had to play this with a mouse, joystick or
worse a keyboard. While it is still a great game, the
experience was sorely lacking with the inadequate controllers.
But with the Devastator II and its frictionless spinner, Tempest
is suddenly great fun again! If I only could find a version of
Tempest 2000 to play on it, I would be in heaven (I just love
that voice "Super Zapper recharge").
This is one of those
games that it is very easy to get into "The Zone". Once you get
past the first half dozen levels, things get pretty hectic and
this is where pure reflexes takes over. And when you have a
smooth spinner, you can just fly around like a bat out of you
know where. And with rapid fire, it is easy to keep those
things at bay.
Probably the biggest
challenge with this game is how to use your one super zapper you
get per level. On the early levels you will find that you do
not need. Too bad you cannot store them up. When the later
levels come, you will find that you could use a bunch of them.
This is where the problem comes. Do you use it the first time
things get hairy or do you try to rough it out and keep it for
later. This will keep you on your toes as the worst feeling is
when you die and you know that you could have survived if you
used the super zapper. Of course it is pretty depressing when
you use it early and wish you had it later when they throw
everything at you.
One of my favorite
aspects of the game is the amount of creative level designs they
come up with. As the levels increase, so does the uniqueness.
This keeps you going as you want to see what outlandish design
is around the corner. That and putting up a high score that is
worthy of bragging about.
Tempest is a true
classic and a game that really needs the proper controller to
get the most out of it. Granted, getting a arcade controller
that comes with a spinner is not cheap, but when you play a game
like Tempest, it will be worth it.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want
to check out ebay. Click below to see if you can find this