I've been living in my new apartment for a week now, and have been spending some time playing with emulators, as I mentioned I would in my last blog. I've played on ProSystem a bit, but I've mostly been spending my time in Project Tempest.
For those who don't know, Project Tempest is an Atari Jaguar emulator that is actually focused on playing Tempest 2000. Despite this focus on one game, though, it does play a fair amount of other games. Of course, by a "fair amount" of games, I mean that it plays most of the 2D games on the Jaguar, and virtually none of the 3D ones. I may not be entirely accurate with this description, but it's not far off.
So, why bother with an emulator that doesn't even come close to playing the full library of Jaguar games? Because right at this moment I don't have any other options other than Virtual Jaguar, which is slightly better in regards to game compatibility but lagging far behind in usability and performance. It is a sad state of affairs for Jaguar emulation when the best emulator for it only supports a fraction of the game library, which really isn't very big to begin with. That, however, is another topic for another day.
Having said the above, it has still been a godsend to have this option when I've been without my Jaguar for about a year and a half now. This exile from Jaguar hardware land will end in about a week, but it's been nice being able to play the more recent homebrew releases, such as Do The Same, Beebris, and the amazingly awesome Superfly DX. For those of you who have yet to play these games, I would highly recommend downloading yourself a copy of Project Tempest plus the ROMs from the respective websites that I linked to. Don't worry, no piracy concerns with doing that, as they've all been released for free by their authors. Whether you own a Jaguar but do not have the increasingly rare and expensive CD unit, or don't own a Jaguar at all, you owe it yourself to experience these highly polished and addictive games. There's no excuse for missing out on these now.