The hit Atari coin-op finally comes home in this exciting and challenging 3-D game for your Atari 5200 System. You control the "Blaster", patrolling the rim of an electric "tube" playfield, in a constant battle with the myriad enemies that are making their way up the tube's rails.
Your enemies are fast, varied and devious. Each class of enemy has its own special attack. All you have are your wits, your Blaster and your
devastating, but limited, SUPER ZAPPER. Destroy every enemy and you will warp through the liberated tube, on to an even more challenging one.
Tempest was Atari's first color vector arcade game, released to arcades in 1980. Known for its frantic, addictive gameplay, Tempest was one of Atari's most successful vector arcade games. Versions of Tempest were being developed for Atari's 2600 and 5200 game consoles, but they were never completed or released commercially. A box for the 5200 version of Tempest is actually visible in the 1984 movie Cloak & Dagger.
For 15 years, the existence of an Atari 5200 version of Tempest was thought to be only myth. No prototypes had ever surfaced. A crude 2600 version had come to light, along with a prototype box. Then, in 1999, an unfinished working 5200 prototype appeared on eBay. The game was eventually dumped and the binary freely distributed around the Internet. Another decade has gone by since the game's discovery, and the original Atari 5200 Tempest programmer, Keithen Hayenga, worked to complete Tempest so it could finally see the light of day in completed form!
You can read about the "unfinished" 5200 prototype on AtariProtos.com.
Tempest 5200 includes the game cartridge with glossy label, and twelve page, full-color, glossy manual. If you'd like to purchase a copy of Tempest with a professionally offset printed, high-quality box, you may do so here.
|Number of Players
||Atari 5200 Joystick Controller or Atari 5200 Trak-Ball Controller
||Ken Van Mersbergen, Dennis Debro
|Manual and Label Design
||George Reese, David Exton
Who could imagine that almost 30 years later, Tempest would finally get released for the Atari 5200? This game was always meant to played on the 5200 and with the Trak-Ball you get an exceptional and fast arcade experience. All the sounds from the original arcade Tempest are there too. My only criticism is that the vector lines are a bit jagged and not as solid as a true vector display but that was to be expected from the console port. The box artwork is astonishing! I bought 1 to leave sealed in the box and, of course, a loose cart to play! Every Atari 5200 owner needs this game in their collection!
The 5200 was about being an at home arcade machine. 30 years later and the system is still pushing the envelope with the release of Tempest. The overall package makes it much entertaining to look at as it is to play. Tempest is as close to the arcade hit one can get on the 5200. Solid controls, amazing game play, and awesome sound effects will please the senses. Challenging game play will keep you on the edge of your seat. The instruction manual has a few extras that are a nice touch. The 30 year wait is over. It's been worth it. Those that have be cautious if the 5200 is worth spending the money on rest assured Tempest is worth every penny. It's hard to put down.
Great game! My only gripe is the cartridge shell is flimsy and the guts rattle around inside... easy fix though if your handy. :) The box it came in is so neat as is the instruction booklet. Very nostalgic!
I was so thrilled when I saw tempest was finally completed. This is an arcade perfect translation of one of my favorite arcade games.
Fantastic control and sound effects. The graphics are excellent and the gameplay is very addicting. Highly recommend!
In this excellent port of Tempest for the 5200, the only things missing are the sounds and smells of a busy 80s arcade around you. This game plays and sounds just like the arcade game, and the graphics are unbelievably good. Definitely one of the top 5 games ever released for this under appreciated console.
Tempest for the 5200 does not disappoint. Since the sounds and game tables are the same as the arcade version, it is hard to imagine how it could get any better. Control with the 5200’s analog joystick is solid and, it also plays well with the Trak-ball. All of the arcade levels and features are present, including the ability to pick your starting level. There is really not much else that can be said other than it is nearly arcade perfect! It may have taken thirty years to be completed, but you should not wait another minute to get your copy!