Tempest 2000-Mac Review MGL
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Tempest 2000
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- from Logicware

Reviewed by: Alan Forrest


Game Information: Minimum Requirements:
Title: Tempest 2000 CD-ROM.Processor: PowerPC Mac.
Category: Arcade. Networking?/3D acceleration?: No./No.
Publisher: Logicware. RAM: 16 MB.
Price: $29.95. (est. street). Display: 13" monitor with thousands of colors.
Demo available: Yes. Copy Protection?: None.
ESAC Advisory: Kids to Adults
Other Requirements:
  • CD-ROM drive;
  • System 7.5.3 or later;
  • 10 MB hard disk space.
  • Reviewer recommends: Reviewer using:
    66MHz PowerPC Macintosh MacTell 604e/200 MHz
    16 MB RAM 112 MB of RAM
    4X CD-ROM drive 16X CD-ROM drive
    System 7.5.3 System 8.1

    Tempest 2000 Box

    Overview:
    Every once in a while a game comes along that invokes a sense of nostalgia usually associated with watching a rerun of a favorite television show or going back and reading books or comics from your youth. Tempest 2000 is just such a game. The original Tempest was introduced back in 1981, setting a benchmark that has stood the test of time for fans of arcade games. From the three-pronged ATARI logo on the front, to the familiar screen shots on the back of the box, Tempest 2000 has a look and feel that will take you back to the arcade.


    Hardware Demands:
    Tempest is a definite winner in this category. The full installation takes up less than 6 MB of hard disk space, which, considering the average size of other games, is outstanding. Gameplay does not require the CD-ROM to be in the drive, so this is one installation that you may be tempted to leave on your hard drive, even if you are a little tight for space.

    I tested Tempest 2000 on a MacTell 604e/200 MHz Macintosh compatible and on a Macintosh Performa PowerPC 6115/60 MHz, both with the same 15" MultiScan color monitor set on thousands of colors. Game play was excellent on both machines. Halfway through the review, I upgraded to a 17" MultiScan monitor on the MacTell and all that I can say is...Wow! Tempest really comes to life on the larger display as gameplay takes on a Descent-like quality.


    Main Menu Tempest 2000 gives the user the ability to configure the video output to optimize performance. You have the option to set the display to "Big Pixels" and to an interlaced display. This setting really enhanced game performance on my older PowerPC without a significant reduction in video quality.


    Game Synopsis:
    Like many arcade games from the early 1980's, Tempest 2000 has at its center a simple yet focused plot. In Tempest 2000, you are the pilot of a 3D ship called a "Blaster". Your mission is to traverse the planar world of Tempest, shooting enemies and collecting power-ups and points. The number of opponents and the complexity of the plane upon which your ship travels control game difficulty.


    The Game:
    Tempest 2000 actually consists of three separate variations of the original arcade Tempest:

    • Tempest 2000 is a 21st-century version of the original which introduces an all-new Particle Laser, new enemies (including Demon Heads, Mirrors and Mutant Flippers) as well as bonus warp worlds. All new power-ups are included which provide the Particle Laser, a special jump that lets you lift off the web to avoid enemies, and a new A. I. Droid. The most noticeable thing about Tempest 2000 are the enhanced graphics on the game board; in fact, after playing Tempest 2000, I found Tempest Plus to be quite ordinary by comparison.

      Bonus Warp Screen

    • According to Logicware, Tempest Plus is combination of Traditional Tempest and Tempest 2000 with three all-new play modes. In Tempest Plus, you have the option of solo play, playing with the assistance of an A. I. Droid, or playing with a partner. If you choose to play with another player, you share your three lives. If you are new to Tempest, playing with the A. I. Droid is a good place to start, as you will quickly find yourself competing with the Droid for the chance to shoot the enemies.

    • Tempest Duel is probably the most challenging of the three. In Tempest Duel, you play against a human or computer opponent from opposite sides of the game web. Each player has a mirror to reflect the other's shots back, serving as an offensive weapon as well as a defensive one. The number of lives remaining to each player determines the score.

    I found the written documentation provided by Logicware to be excellent. A hefty booklet contained in the CD-ROM jewel case offered a detailed description of player controls and game elements. Tempest 2000 does not include online help, so the instruction booklet is your key to understanding the game.

    Although Logicware has included 3 well-crafted variations of the original Tempest on the disc, it would have been nice if they had included a version with more development in the area of weapons and the game web--perhaps something along the lines of "Tempest Infinity," for example.


    Power-ups Interface:
    Tempest 2000 can be set up to accept game control input from either the keyboard or mouse. Keyboard controls are set up logically and are easy to use, and it is possible to configure custom controls and to reverse polarity on the mouse based on whether you are right-handed or left-handed. Keyboard controls for Tempest Duel are set up extremely well, with each player accessing the controls from opposite sides of the keyboard, and with the option for dual mouse controls.


    As with other titles that I have played from Logicware, I found the music soundtrack and the action sounds in Tempest 2000 to be an integral part of the game. I recommend using headphones or good quality computer speakers to get the full effect.


    I found the opening selection and game configuration screens to be hard to navigate. The screens require the use of the up and down arrows or an up/down movement of the mouse to go between selections. Every time I go through these screens, I fight the urge to point and click.


    Bug Report:
    None noted. Tempest 2000 installed and ran without any crashes or conflicts of any kind.


    Tempest 2000

    Conclusion:
    If you are a fan of 1980s arcade games, particularly the original Tempest, you will love Tempest 2000. The simplicity of design and gameplay associated with this game gives it a charm that you can't help but like. The addition of the variants Tempest Plus, Tempest 2000 and Tempest Duel, spices up this remake just enough to bring it up to a level that today's game player will appreciate. If you're looking for a complex theme or a dazzling variety of weapons, you may want to look elsewhere. If you are a fan of the original Tempest or if you're looking for an arcade style game with classic styling and a singular appeal, this one's for you.

    On the "PLUS" side:


    On the "MINUS" side:


    Worthiness (out of 5):Individual Categories*:
    Score=4.0
    MGL recommends games rated 4.0 and higher.
    Playability4
    Interface3
    Longevity4
    Stability5
    Hardware Demands4
    Value4

    *Individual category scoring is for reference only and is not necessarily calculated into the "Worthiness" score.

    5/21/98


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