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Coin-Op : Arcade : Tempest (1980, Atari)

General Information

Overview

In Tempest, you control a "shooter" that is moved around the outside of a fixed track. In many cases, this looks like a "tube" drawn in three dimensions. Enemies come up the tube, and you have to destroy them, and (hopefully) avoiding them if they make it all the way up to the top. You control your shooter with a spinner, shoot with a fire button, and you're given a "super-zapper" to use once on each level.

Coin-Op Details

Tempest is one of the most collectible games. By many accounts, it is collected even more than games like Dragon's Lair and Pac-Man.

Later, a software (ROM change) was created that has new levels. It's called Tempest Tubes, and can be played by changing a few programmed ROMs.

Weights and Measurements:

Type Height Width Depth Weight   Notes
Cabaret: 60" 20.44" 30.75" 220 lbs.   Cabaret
Cocktail: 27" 28.25" 33.5" 225 lbs.   Cocktail
Upright: 69" 25.25" 32" 240 lbs.  

Disclaimer: These are approximate weights and measurements taken from actual games or the manufacturer's literature. Occasionally games vary.

Web Reference Links:

Type Name/Description Courtesy
Manual: PDF Manual BasementArcade.com

Technical Information

Knowledge Base Articles:

Article Author
Tempest Pinout spies.com

MAME Virtual Machines:

Year ROM Set Description Manufacturer
1980 tempest1 Tempest (rev 1) Atari
1980 tempest2 Tempest (rev 2) Atari
1980 tempest Tempest (rev 3) Atari
1980 temptube Tempest Tubes hack

NOTE: These are MAME "Virtual Machines." These virtual machines are ROM-specific but contain address space information (memory maps) that may be useful when debugging hardware. There may be descrepancies between MAME's definition of the hardware, and actual hardware. Information is provided for reference only. THERE ARE NO ROMS ANYWHERE ON THIS WEB SITE.


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