Review: Tempest 4000 (PlayStation 4)

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Tempest 4000 is a visually stunning, action-packed tube shooter based on the classic hit arcade game, Tempest.

  • Cool vector style graphics.
  • 208.8MB Download size.
  • Basic tutorial pop-ups.
  • Classic tube shooter gameplay.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Simple controls.
  • Pure retro arcade feel.
  • Absolutely solid soundtrack.
  • Power-ups are earned by playing and over time increase in effectiveness.
  • Easy to play.
  • Addictive.
  • Pure eye orgasm.
  • Full online leaderboards.
  • Help section for controls.
  • Modes- Classic, Pure, and survival.
  • Reset game option.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Continues- Works as in everytime you finish a level the game saves your current loadout like lives and power-ups so you can carry on.
  • Difficult.
  • Powerups are varied like AI droid that will run around the outside of the tube and kill enemies or maybe you can get the ability to jump.
  • Screen effects.
  • Pure is basically a clean one time run.


  • No VR support.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • Confusing menu layout.
  • Difficult.
  • Doesn’t feel that much different from previous games.
  • Feels a tad limited.
  • Looks and plays a lot like TxK.
  • Loose controls, Just feel like there is an ever so slight delay on both d-pad and analog.
  • Annoying level transition mini-game where you must go through hoops to score bonus points, the Only issue is you use the motion control of the DS4 and cannot change it.
  • Different modes are just slight alterations as opposed to full on different modes.

The Numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10


Ok, so the first thing you experience is the controls. They are just loose and constantly feel like you are a few clicks behind your moves registering. Its a huge shame as the previous games have slowly built up over time the staple of solid controls. Anyway, the game plays well and looks every bit the part of a retro gamers wet dream. The soundtrack is by far the strongest part and will have you wanting the full album. Aside from that I feel the game was a “Look we’re still cool” attempt by Atari and they needed Minter to be a part of it but it really feels like they restricted his talent a lot, So many step backs from the other games and for that the game suffers. Ok so with all this the choice is yours but to be honest, Polybius is the definitive version tube shooter and even TxK (if still available) is a better option. Tempest 4000 promised so much but fell way short.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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