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Tempest 2000 (Jaguar)

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Title Screen

Tempest 2000

Developer: Llamasoft
Publisher: Atari Corporation
Platform: Jaguar
Released in US: April 1, 1994

CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.

Jeff Minter's magnum opus, merging arcade gameplay, hallucinatory visuals and thumping techno to thrilling effect.

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Rotary Controller Support

Atari were planning on developing a rotary controller for the Jaguar, but eventually decided against it. However, despite the hurdle of the controller never actually existing, support for it is hidden in Tempest 2000! To enable it, open the Options menu and hold Pause on both controllers. You'll know you've done it right when you hear a voice shout "Excellent!" and a "Controller Type" option appears, allowing you to choose between a standard joypad or a rotary controller for each player. When playing in Single Player mode, a standard joypad in Controller 2 is used for menus and high score name entry.

Now you just need an actual controller to use! There are a number of guides online to convert an Atari 2600 Driving Controller into something that works, or you can get a little fancier. Good luck!

(Source: Console Database, Wikipedia)

Cheat Mode

To activate cheat mode, hold down 1, 4, 7 and A on the main menu. You'll know you've done it right when you hear a voice shout "Excellent!". This enables a few simple cheat keys:

  • Press Option at any time to skip to the next level.
  • Press 6 at any time to start a Warp Bonus Round.
(Source: Console Database)

Unused Music

TUNE2.MOD (Thermal Resolution)

TUNE6.MOD (Tracking Depth)

TUNE8.MOD (Future Tense)

TUNE9.MOD (Ease Yourself)


TUNE11.MOD (Hyper Prism)

Six music tracks in .mod format present in the source code were not included in the Jaguar release, but were used in the later CD releases of the game. TUNE8.MOD was used in at least one advertisement for Atari Jaguar games. (Names in parentheses are the track titles on the CD soundtrack).