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  • Summary: Tempest 4000 is an action-packed tube shooter based on the classic hit arcade game, Tempest.
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  1. Jul 17, 2018
    90
    Tempest 4000 is a defiant artifact that returns to life once a console generation. What would it be like if someone who made games for the VIC-20 in the early 80’s authored another game in 2018? How many programmers from that generation are still even in this line of work? An answer to these curiosities may seem like a precarious way to spend $30. Thankfully, as either a psychedelic wonderland or a classic arcade score chase, Tempest 4000 is full of eccentric support.
  2. Jul 17, 2018
    80
    Tempest 4000 is a love letter to fans of the original and Tempest 2000 on the Atari Jaguar, for everyone else, the game is a fun but hard to master, arcade-style, synth-heavy romp.
  3. Jul 18, 2018
    80
    The price is no doubt Atari’s doing but it makes recommending the game a lot harder than it used to be. And yet when the bad guys are falling like skittles, as you skid past one and quickly jump back to explode him and his cohorts, any qualifications about the game being too retro, too familiar, or too expensive fall away. But it is frustrating that the game’s most important talking point has become how much it costs and not how it plays.
  4. Jul 18, 2018
    71
    Fans of Tempest are sure to enjoy this latest installment in the long-running series. I definitely did. That being said, it doesn't quite feel like the next evolution of the classic formula. Here's hoping Tempest 5000 offers a more innovative take on the franchise.
  5. Jul 19, 2018
    70
    The least revolutionary variant of Tempest, and arguably the first to feel less than essential. It’s a high-class psychedelic retro shooter, but no Resogun or Nex Machina.
  6. Jul 18, 2018
    70
    It's quite the barebones package, despite being an uproarious amount of fun in small doses. Some small control tweaks, additional content, and other changes might make this the best Tempest out of the rest, but for now it's still a great diversion and addition to the series' portfolio.
  7. Jul 17, 2018
    60
    Look, it’s a fun game, filled with flashing lights and so much digital detritus you'll need a shower after one run. But the thing is, you’ve played this before – not in this form in 4K on this particular format, but Tempest is Tempest and Tempest 4000 doesn’t really try to be anything else. Which is fine, but we just wonder whether hidden messages to Chuck E. Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell and a few extra visualiser effects are enough here. Minter’s schtick, for as much as we love it, feels like it’s outstayed its welcome for the first real time. Maybe Atari’s lawyers would have been better off keeping this particular project locked down?

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  1. Mar 31, 2018
    8
    Tempest 4000 is fantastic. It adds to the already excellent TxK available on the PS Vita/TV. I was a big fan of Tempest 2000 on the AtariTempest 4000 is fantastic. It adds to the already excellent TxK available on the PS Vita/TV. I was a big fan of Tempest 2000 on the Atari Jaguar and I'm pleased that the same soundtrack is used in this iteration. The only drawback for me was the bonus levels in between rounds. On the PS4 you use the motion sensor of the remote to navigate the center of the "tunnel". It's not that easy. Big points are resolutions up to 4K, music, play-ability. It's addicting as hell with lots of action on the screen. If you liked any of the previous Tempest games, you'll love Tempest 4000. Big thanks go out to Jeff Minter and team. BTW, if your wondering how I got the game, it was on PSN last Wednesday for about 5 minutes before it was taken out of the store. Just long enough for me to pay for it and download. Expand