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09 - Tempest 2000



Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/09-tempest-2000

Light up the webs in the critically-acclaimed abstract shooter Tempest 2000 by Llamasoft. This ox-sized episode features plentiful music, a detailed analysis, an overview of sequels and derivative games, several personal stories, and music. Did I mention the music?

Also included is feedback from doctorclu, Trooper Galactus, Louis, Bill Kendrick, and The Requiem!

Show Notes

General Links
Jaguar Game by Game Podcast Store
Podcast Episode Guide
Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines

The Retro League

Game Links
Game on AtariAge
Game on MobyGames


Developer, Distributor, and Development



from Midway Atari Collection 1 for Playstation
Dave Theurer Interview
Tempest on KLOV
Tempest arcade flyer (the inside pages are especially helpful)
Vector monitor technical details
Tempest spinner


Llamasoft History (available as a PDF, scroll down past all the llovely goodies)
Commodore PET 2001
CVG Interview with Jeff Minter
Jeff Minter interview from Halcyon Days
EDGE Magazine interview with Jeff Minter (June 1994)
The Making of Tempest 2000 from Edge Magazine
Jeff Minter interview with ALIVE (T3K, N2O)
Retro Gamer #123 (The Making of Tempest 2000)
Tempest 2000 MOD files from Fading Twilight
Alastair Lindsay interview which references this page
Tempest 2000 soundtrack MP3 files from Fading Twilight

Gameplay & Graphics Notes
Custom Jaguar overlays (for historical purposes, not for actual ordering)
Atari Explorer Online for 23 April 1994 (.zip file, includes mention of rotary controller support)
Nick Persijn's Awesome Rotary Controller Mods
Atari Explorer Online for 2 April 1994 (.zip file, includes Minter interview)

TV Commercial



Tempest X3 review (by Jeff Minter)
Tempest 3000 (Nuon)
Typhoon 2001 (downloads available here)
Cyclone 2000 (Android)
Tempest Xtreem (Atari XL/XE)
TxK (PS Vita/TV)

TV/Movie/Game/Music/Book References
Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer
Space Invaders
Star Fire
Lunar Lander
Omega Race


Rule Britannia!
"Light bulb!"
Kobayashi Maru (homebrew Jaguar game)
Smoke Monster from Lost
"Celebrate the independence of your nation..."

AtariAge thread on the origin of T2K voice samples

Podcast References
Vectrex Radio
Jeff Minter interview with Retro Gaming Roundup



Edge Magazine (May, 1994)
Electronic Gaming Monthly (April, 1994)
GamePro Magazine (May, 1994)
Scores from Jeff's Jaguar Jungle
Review summaries from Defunct Games

Cheat Code

High Scores

Vendors mentioned on the show
Nick Persijn's Rotary Controller Mods (on eBay)
Best Electronics
The GOAT Store
B&C ComputerVisions
Eight Bit Fix
Video61 (Tempest Xtreem)

Personal Stories & Listener Feedback
Black Widow
Rolling Thunder


Child of Eden
Tempest 2000 Salon Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Next up: Kasumi Ninja!

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Just found this podcast and catching up.  I too lived in Denver, well, Franktown (just outside Castle Rock) and I'm pretty sure I got my Jag at the Walden store...I know I went to Horizon (it was a little shop on the second floor of some office park off the highway), and got my Pro Controllers from him.  Used to repair game machines for Larry at Game Force in Castle Rock too, so he always carried Jag stuff for me. :P

On Tempest.  I thought I remember reading that Jeff Minter actually thinks Tempest X3 is the best version of T2K out there, even though he didn't get paid for it.  At first he hated it (I bought the Saturn version too, but it wasn't as good as the Jag version IMO). It's my favorite just because I can play it on my modded PSP anytime I want.

I also had the opportunity to talk and play Tempest 3000 on the Nuon at E3 one year for a couple of hours.  It was just me and Jeff in a booth and we had a nice chat.  I really wish I could play it again, but I never even had a chance to buy a Nuon in the day or find a copy of Tempest 3000.

And yes, I did buy a PS Vita just for TxK.

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Clip from "Videodrome." I just used iMac mics to record audio of movie playing on iMac. I dropped in Carholeband and jacked with it to hopefully cut some of my office AC et al. Howbeit, in the movie, it was playing in a VCR through dude's TV, so the audio wasn't great source material in addition to my slipshod capture method.

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