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09 - Tempest 2000

Posted by Shinto, 27 January 2016 · 1,026 views

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Light up the webs in the critically-acclaimed abstract shooter Tempest 2000 by Llamasoft.  This ox-sized episode features plentiful music, a detailed analysis, an overview of sequels and derivative games, several personal stories, and music.  Did I mention the music?
 
Also included is feedback from doctorclu, Trooper Galactus, Louis, Bill Kendrick, and The Requiem!
 
# General Links
Podcast Episode Guide
Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines
 
# Game Links
Game on AtariAge
Game on MobyGames
 
# Developer, Distributor, and Development
History of Atari from Midway Atari Collection 1 for Playstation
Dave Theurer Interview
Tempest on KLOV
Tempest arcade flyer (the inside pages are especially helpful)
Vector monitor technical details
Tempest spinner
Tempest sales numbers
Llamasoft History (available as a PDF, scroll down past all the llovely goodies)
Commodore PET 2001
CVG Interview with Jeff Minter
Jeff Minter interview from Halcyon Days
EDGE Magazine interview with Jeff Minter (June 1994)
The Making of Tempest 2000 from Edge Magazine
Jeff Minter interview with ALIVE (T3K, N2O)
Retro Gamer #123 (The Making of Tempest 2000)
Tempest 2000 MOD files from Fading Twilight
Alastair Lindsay interview which references this page
Tempest 2000 soundtrack MP3 files from Fading Twilight
 
# Gameplay & Graphics Notes
Custom Jaguar overlays (for historical purposes, not for actual ordering)
Atari Explorer Online for 23 April 1994 (.zip file, includes mention of rotary controller support)
Nick Persijn's Awesome Rotary Controller Mods
Atari Explorer Online for 2 April 1994 (.zip file, includes Minter interview)
Debian
 
# Advertisements
Attached Image
TV Commercial
 
# Ports
Let's Compare Tempest
Tempest X3 review (by Jeff Minter)
Tempest 3000 (Nuon)
Typhoon 2001 download for Windows or Linux
Cyclone 2000 (Android)
Tempest Xtreem (Atari XL/XE)
TxK (PS Vita/TV)
 
# TV/Movie/Music/Game References
Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer
Space Invaders
Targ
Galaxian
Star Fire
Turbo
Asteroids
Lunar Lander
Omega Race
dk'Tronics Centipede gameplay footage
Rule Britannia!
"Light bulb!"
Videodrome
Kobayashi Maru (homebrew Jaguar game)
Smoke Monster from Lost
"Celebrate the independence of your nation..."
 
AtariAge thread on the origin of T2K voice samples
 
# Podcast References
Vectrex Radio
Jeff Minter interview with Retro Gaming Roundup
The Jag Bar: Tempest 2000
The Jag Bar: T2K Redux rotary controller
 
# Reviews
Edge Magazine (May, 1994)
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Electronic Gaming Monthly (April, 1994)
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GamePro Magazine (May, 1994)
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Scores from Jeff's Jaguar Jungle
Review summaries from Defunct Games
 
# Cheats
Cheat Code
 
# High Scores
Standard
Beastly
 
# Vendors mentioned on the show
Nick Persijn's Rotary Controller Mods (on eBay)
Best Electronics
The GOAT Store
B&C ComputerVisions
Eight Bit Fix
Video61 (Tempest Xtreem)
 
# Personal Stories & Listener Feedback
Black Widow
Vindicators
Xybots
A.P.B.
Rolling Thunder
KLAX
'Unreal' demo by Future Crew
Child of Eden
Tempest 2000 Salon Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer
 
Next up: Kasumi Ninja!






What an amazing entry, hats off to you for the quintessential Tempest 2000 blog post!

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