Shack's Arcade Corner: Tempest

Greg Burke is back with a look at another classic arcade game.


On this week's episode of Shack's Arcade Corner, we are taking a look at Tempest. This game was a space shooter that hit arcades in 1981. The game had a knob that players used to move around the different lanes. Tempest was meant to be similar to Space Invaders but ended up being a completely different gaming experience. Take a look at this video for more about Tempest.

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    September 14, 2017 9:09 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, Shack's Arcade Corner: Tempest

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      September 14, 2017 9:25 PM

      Nicely done. Did you know that Jeff Minter has a Tempest 4000 coming out?

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      September 14, 2017 10:01 PM

      The arcade near my house had a Tempest machine from 1981 all the way into the mid-90s when it ultimately broke down beyond repair. I adored that game.

      One thing of note is that there was a port of Tempest 2000 on the PS1 under the name Tempest X3. It had a few gameplay tweaks, but the original version could be unlocked by getting the first place high score and entering your initials as either "YIFF!" or "H_V_S"

      I still have my copy of X3. It was the second game I got for my PS1, after Soul Blade.

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