• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Dec 19, 2007
Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. 60
    Tempest is functional, and for five bucks you really shouldn’t expect much more.
  2. This is a true classic - it just isn't a lot of fun to play.
  3. Just don't play that bloody enhanced version, you'll never forgive yourself. [Issue#29, p.118]
  4. Sloppy emulation and a sloppier enhanced mode make this version of Tempest a package to avoid.
  5. Only hardcore retro addicts should drop the five bucks. [Nov 2007, p.94]
  6. As you move your craft around the playfield with either the analogue controller or the d-pad, precision of movement goes out of the window with your craft over-shooting the mark, often resulting in a loss of one of your limited lives.
  7. Last year, Space Giraffe came out. It was a 2007 version of tempest with some improvements and surprisingly enough the original just doesn’t compare.
  8. The "Giraffe" has already trod this ground before. [Mar 2008, p.94]
  9. By trying to craft an updated experience for a new generation of gamers, Tempest ends up losing a lot of the luster that originally made it such a hit. Toss in some wonky and unresponsive controls, as well as an additional high-speed mode that only the most hardcore of gamers would be willing to even try and attempt to play, and you end up with an experience that just doesn’t warrant even the budget price of 400 Microsoft Points (or about $5).
User Score
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No user score yet- Awaiting 1 more rating

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. JosephK.
    Dec 26, 2007
    0
    Why God, why????? One of my favorite games from childhood ruined by the worst control I've ever seen on a 360 game! Can someone design a Why God, why????? One of my favorite games from childhood ruined by the worst control I've ever seen on a 360 game! Can someone design a 360-compatible spinwheel doohickey so we can see if this game is actually playable? Full Review »
  2. Sambo
    Dec 20, 2007
    1
    Awful... Tempest used to be a great little shooter on ye olde platforms... and whilst I think games like this have a place in the Xbox Live Awful... Tempest used to be a great little shooter on ye olde platforms... and whilst I think games like this have a place in the Xbox Live Arcade experience, only as a groups of games of the same ilk... there's no way anyone should spend points on this. As a game... it's not even that good... the controls are shoddy, with your sprite hardly controllable in any sensible way. Don't waste your points or your time... you'll never get either back again. Full Review »