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ATARI HAVE RETURNED TO THEIR ROOTS: Introducing Tempest 4000, a new take on the classic 1981 Atari game. From developer, Llamasoft: this game makes you feel like you’re back in the 80s. You are the Claw,  a space vessel tasked with repelling the alien invasion. The goal is to survive as long as you can ..

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TEMPEST 4000 XBOX ONE REVIEW

ATARI HAVE RETURNED TO THEIR ROOTS:

Introducing Tempest 4000, a new take on the classic 1981 Atari game. From developer, Llamasoft: this game makes you feel like you’re back in the 80s. You are the Claw,  a space vessel tasked with repelling the alien invasion. The goal is to survive as long as you can and to rack up as many points as humanly possible.

Immediately, you’ll realize the graphics of this game are pretty bare bones basic, conforming to the types of arcade games you’d see in any seaside town. But halt! The graphics are actually immensely satisfying. The neon colours and black background do well to simulate those old arcade vending machines: making you search your pockets for another 10p. The performance of Tempest is decently smooth: not once did I encounter any frame rate issues, especially during moments that seemed quite demanding.

The gameplay is simple, yet challenging: finding myself on multiple occasions getting rather frustrated whenever I died. The gameplay is quite quick, forcing you to shoot the enemies as fast as possible. Everytime you surpass a level, the grid-ish nature of the map changes. Becoming more challenging as the game goes on. This small implement means that you have to adapt your way of playing throughout, making sure you keep on top of the alien invasion, as best you can.

The soundtrack is another refreshing delight and blends well with the nostalgic feel Tempest gives you. I found that the music helped me during gameplay and it’s over the top synth like nature was a nice addition. I couldn’t stop thinking about Tron as I played, as the soundtrack feels very from that period.

The only gripes I have with this game are the initial loading screen and the repetitiveness of the gameplay. When you load into Tempest, there is a rather long load screen. Perhaps not intentional, but the load screen does somehow replicate how the old games used to be. Maybe not the nostalgia we wanted to remember: the hours we’d spend waiting for the game to load, but in Tempest’s case, expect a 2-3 minute wait. But that’s just being nitpicky, the gameplay however is repetitive, as arcade games tend to be. I found myself playing Tempest in short bursts, with my longest session lasting around 45 minutes.

Overall, Tempest 4000 is a good arcade game. One I’d recommend challenging your friends to, over a gaming night on the sofa. If you’re looking for a good nostalgic trip to the past, this game is just for you. Tempest’s music and graphics really help place you back into the 80s, making you want to relive those moments and wonder just whether or not time travel in a delorean is possible. The gameplay is repetitive and Id recommend you make a cup of tea before starting the game, due to the load screen, but it is fun. And if you can get a few your friends round, it’s even more fun. Prepare for a challenge.

 

 

We’d like to thank Uberstrategist for giving us the game code.

Developer: Llamasoft
Publisher: Atari, SA
Twitter: @llamasoft_ox @atari

Price – £23.99

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