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Let's Compare - Tempest
« on: February 08, 2015, 20:49:08 PM »
Tempest is a 1981 arcade game by Atari Inc., originally designed and programmed by Dave Theurer. The game is a tube shooter, a type of shoot 'em up where the environment is fixed and viewed from a three-dimensional perspective.  It was fairly popular and had several ports and sequels. The game is also notable for being one of the first video games with a selectable level of difficulty (determined by the initial starting level).

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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 19:48:04 PM »
Loved the Amiga version but for old time sake i will go for the Atari Jag lol.. oh and a special mention for the GBA version. very impressive.
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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2015, 22:31:34 PM »
Can't go wrong with the good 'ol Jaguar's version.  ;)

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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2015, 10:07:34 AM »
The arcade original is one of my greatest arcade memories. It was total overload back then. Of course no version will have the incredible spinner control - even a good paddle won't quite match it because of the inertia the spinner control had. A straight up remake doesn't really translate all that well but Tempest 2000 is one of my favourite console games - even with the compromised control it is an example of how classic game updates should be done.

I first played the Saturn version and loved that but I also have the PS1 version which is different but equally excellent. I believe the PS1 version supports the NegCon controller but I haven't got around to trying that out. The NegCon might be a wee bit stiff for prolonged play but it's great that it's there as an option. I have a pair of NegCon's so it's just a case of me getting my finger out and finding them!

I would like to get a Jaguar to try the original but I'm guessing the PAL version runs slower as per usual?

I also have a Nuon but it's a model that has no control ports! Hard to believe! The terminals for the controllers are on the PCB, and I have a controller still in the box, but no copy of T3K. Found an article that shows how to hardwire the controller onto the PCB which I might tackle if I get myself a copy of T3K - on my lengthy to do list. Anyone know if the PAL Nuon games run at 50Hz? That will probably make my mind up if it will be worth bothering with.

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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2015, 10:42:06 AM »
davyk, there are spinner controllers (modified controllers) for the Jaguar that make the experience of T2K come close to the arcade.  Definitely better than playing with the standard controller! 

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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2015, 11:42:32 AM »
Had heard about those but I'm not sure if they are more like a traditional paddle than the spinner? The arcade cabinet's spinner was weighted - if you spun it and let go it would keep on spinning itself and would gradually come to rest. It was a brilliant control scheme because you could spin - then let go for a split sec and catch it again for super fast positioning - or just let it spin itself while you fired..

Maybe the modified controllers have that feature too - if they do - then it's another reason to get a Jaguar! If they don't - still worth getting! One day.

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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2015, 14:11:05 PM »
The ones I have do have that function, though not as much as the arcade one did. 

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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2015, 14:50:55 PM »
I'm actually really impressed that the mod has it all. I think getting a Jag and one of those is now above getting my Nuon sorted out on my  to do list.

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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2015, 18:42:55 PM »
Yes, Tempest on the Jag is awesome! I've always meant to pick up a rotary controller, someday I should really do that! I never played the game in the arcade, so I've never experienced how the game was intended to be.

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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2015, 22:57:55 PM »
Some legal wrangling between Atari and Jeff Minter. You would think if Atari valued the Tempest brand so much they would get their finger out and make a new game instead of carrying on like this......


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Re: Let's Compare - Tempest
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 17:51:49 PM »
Like you said mate, if they were that concerned they should redo their own version and not Atari Fit lol.
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