Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Feb 21, 2014
    TxK is essential to every PS Vita library.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    May 11, 2014
    TxK is LSD in binary form. TxK is an excellent tunnel shooter and evolution of the Tempest-theme. [Feb 2014]
  3. Feb 27, 2014
    After almost twenty years of work, Jeff Minter is finally able to complete his vision with this great shmup.
  4. Feb 25, 2014
    TXK is a lesson for the future while a phenomenal return to the past. It is a game from another era to a new generation.
  5. 90
    There might be some sensory overload at the start, but once you settle in, everything comes naturally. It is the ideal old-school arcade shmup that should appeal to nostalgic and contemporary gamers alike.
  6. Feb 24, 2014
    Whilst it might take a while to click, once it does, nothing can stop TxK taking over your life.
  7. Feb 21, 2014
    Apparently chaotic and impossible to control, TxK is in fact a perfectly designed game, immersed in a psychedelic tempest. A great old school shooter, with tight controls and superb level design.
  8. 90
    There are many reasons to treat yourself and your Vita with TxK. The gameplay’s sharp, the soundtrack’s fantastic, and it’s one of those games were you’ll keep feeling like you can improve your high score with just one more go.
  9. The pounding beats and explosions of colour that used to punch you square in the brain fade into the background as time slows and TxK arrests every second of your attention the way few games ever can.
  10. Feb 17, 2014
    TxK is the best arcade game available for PlayStation Vita. The latest fatigue from Jeff Minter is packed with an incredible gameplay, brilliant special effects and a stunning soundtrack, elements that made the Llamasoft game a true killer application for the Sony’s handheld.
  11. Feb 13, 2014
    TxK is a phenomenal shooter with eye-popping graphics and a soundtrack that'll have you reaching for your glowsticks. A perfect example of how to remake a classic arcade game - and a PS Vita essential.
  12. Feb 13, 2014
    The polished frankness is one thing, but a neat system that allows you to gradually best your score level by level breaks down the action into sizzling, digestible chunks makes the perfect concession to portable play and less time-rich players.
  13. Feb 12, 2014
    The definitive version of Tempest and as such one of the best arcade games ever made, even if it’s only a minor improvement on previous versions.
  14. Feb 12, 2014
    The entire package is put together with humour, warmth and class – it straddles the geeky retro chic that is so popular with indies right now, but also manages to drag an elderly game firmly into the present day with trophies, leaderboards, and intuitive choice of hardware. Immediately you know you are playing a Llamasoft title.
  15. Feb 12, 2014
    One of the best score attack games on any system anywhere.
  16. Feb 12, 2014
    This is twitch gaming at its finest, with beautifully tuned thumbstick controls and a pulsing rave soundtrack that only seems to focus the mind more sharply.
  17. Feb 11, 2014
    Definitely take a look at TxK if you’ve ever enjoyed any version of Tempest. Heck, grab it even if you haven’t and give yourself a proper introduction to a truly great game.
  18. Games Master UK
    Apr 7, 2014
    The secret lies in its ability to ask more from you. [May 2014, p.79]
  19. Feb 20, 2014
    Vibrant, synesthetic, brilliant. The best version of Tempest is also Jeff Minter at his highest.
  20. Feb 17, 2014
    One of the most polished experiences of the great trajectory of Jeff Minter, a new high for the Tempest-like games that it´s enjoyable for veterans and new players.
  21. Mar 5, 2014
    If you like the sound of a retro-inspired shooter, want a massive nostalgia hit, or just want to have a lot of fun with your Vita, TxK is a no-brainer purchase.
  22. Feb 14, 2014
    PS Vita continues to embrace fresh and quality software like this unique and exceptional shooter, the non-official Tempest 2000 sequel.
  23. Feb 27, 2014
    I can say this, though: it's a visually and aurally appealing game, and it's a perfect fit on the PS Vita.
  24. Feb 17, 2014
    What a rush! The assault on your retinas has to be seen to be believed. If you liked Tempest, you certainly don’t want to miss this.
  25. Feb 19, 2014
    The updated art style proved overwhelming at times, but the winning soundtrack and forgiving save system were always there to encourage me to play through the frustration. In the end, I simply couldn’t put it down.
  26. games(TM)
    Apr 9, 2014
    TxK is Minter's best game, an experience that understands its form, and takes great pleasure in letting you know that. [Issue#146, p.116]
  27. Mar 14, 2014
    Jeff Minter is developing the same game since the 1981. This time, on PsVita, he delivers a rock solid "tube shooter".
  28. Mar 3, 2014
    Playstation Vita gets a new arcade game which adjusts perfectly with short gaming sessions with the handheld. At a competitive price, it will give us many hours of fun and will bring back a small piece of the past that quenches our nostalgia.
  29. Feb 26, 2014
    The music is infectious and lends itself to a focused tunnel vision. And it's occasionally disorienting in the best way. Getting that turned around becomes hypnotic and rhythmic, with TxK acting as the snake charmer.
  30. Feb 20, 2014
    While its frantic gameplay is compelling, and the scoring simple, TxK’s initially a confusing beast. It introduces its modes and nuances with a bewildering lack of clarity, frustrating players at the very point it is debuting some terrific ideas...Ultimately, though, TxK is tremendously enjoyable
  31. Feb 19, 2014
    This is great and addictive arcade we thing everyone will enjoy, but if you played Tempest at some point, nostalgia will add an extra layer of fun.
  32. Feb 14, 2014
    Despite the occasional frustration of visual pollution, all the aspects of TxK come together to make it a wonderful merger of what made an arcade classic fun and what makes modern twitch-based games enthralling.
  33. Feb 13, 2014
    This psychedelic space shooter is an acquired taste, no doubt, but those that 'get' its quirks will adore TxK.
  34. Feb 11, 2014
    This title expertly fuses classic arcade staples with modern game design to provide a sleek gaming rush right in the palms of your hands.
  35. Feb 23, 2014
    Even with only a handful of easily dispensable enemies moving toward you, an inescapable panic is generated from the light and sound show accompanying the spectacle. If you can find your groove, you won’t have a problem hitting start immediately after getting a game over.
  36. Feb 21, 2014
    Basically, TxK is Tempest 2014 for PS Vita, with some new elements. And this is great.
  37. Feb 14, 2014
    Though it plays it safe in terms of mechanics, TxK is challenging and thrilling throughout. It's a treat for anyone who enjoyed any previous version of Tempest, and it's especially worthwhile if you missed out on Tempest 2000.
  38. 50
    I found this to be a visually interesting, dynamic game, but not an especially engaging one.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 82
  2. Negative: 20 out of 82
  1. Feb 12, 2014
    Arcade gaming at it's very best, the game simply explodes off the stunning Vita screen. Turn up the music to 200%, put on headphones and getArcade gaming at it's very best, the game simply explodes off the stunning Vita screen. Turn up the music to 200%, put on headphones and get lost in the experience. It's really hard to put into words how good this game is. At last my Vita is being used. In fact I'd buy a Vita just to play this. Full Review »
  2. Feb 12, 2014
    This is the game the PS Vita has been created for - smart vector graphics, thumping soundtrack. Llamasoft have taken the tunnel shooter genreThis is the game the PS Vita has been created for - smart vector graphics, thumping soundtrack. Llamasoft have taken the tunnel shooter genre to a new high, if you thought Tempest 2k or Tempest X was as good as it can get, think again. You have got to buy this game if you have ever had a love of real arcade games. Full Review »
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    Another brilliant Vita Indie game! Following on from OlliOlli released a few weeks ago. The game is great and the music goes perfectly.Another brilliant Vita Indie game! Following on from OlliOlli released a few weeks ago. The game is great and the music goes perfectly.

    Well worth a buy if you into arcade classics and want to kill some time and believe me it fly’s when you play this game!
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