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Looking for game recommendations to tickle my Tempest itch

For those who do not know it, Tempest is a classic arcade vector-based game, and I urge you to check it out. It is highly addictive and nowadays should fall well within the fast-paced retro fashion.

The problem is that for quite some years, I had nothing to scratch that itch. The last proper Tempest-like game that I played was Typhoon 2001 on Linux, which was a free/gratis clone of Tempest 2000.

Now it seems that in 2018 Tempest 4000 came out, but only for PC (a.k.a. Windows), PlayStation 4 and XBox One. As a Linux and Nintendo Switch gamer, that doesn’t help me one bit.

There are two FOSS versions: Arashi, which works only on old Macs, and Arashi-js, which is a JavaScript re-implementation of the former. Unfortunately, none of the two seem to work on my laptop.

So, here I am, itching for that Tempest fix, yet without a clue how to get something on either Switch on Linux (apart from perhaps Typhoon if it still works). Any suggestions would be more then welcome.

9 comments

  1. Akir Link
    If you want to play something like tempest that's a little different, pull up MAME and play Konami's enhanced clone, gyruss. It's not vector, for better or worse, but the gameplay is excellent and...

    If you want to play something like tempest that's a little different, pull up MAME and play Konami's enhanced clone, gyruss. It's not vector, for better or worse, but the gameplay is excellent and it's got a great, though short, soundtrack.

    4 votes
  2. [5]
    Deimos Link
    Unfortunately it doesn't have a native Linux or Switch version either, so this won't help you immediately, but maybe it will start working through Proton eventually. (Edit: it sounds like it...

    Unfortunately it doesn't have a native Linux or Switch version either, so this won't help you immediately, but maybe it will start working through Proton eventually. (Edit: it sounds like it somewhat works already, maybe it's improved since that report?)

    Polybius is excellent (especially in VR). It's by Jeff Minter, who was the developer of Tempest 2000 and Tempest 4000. Here's a good video of him playing through the first 7 levels while explaining a little about the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VXsAiNdelk

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      Adys Link Parent
      Speaking of Polybius, highly recommending Ahoy's "Polybius: The Video Game That Doesn't Exist" documentary. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7X6Yeydgyg

      Speaking of Polybius, highly recommending Ahoy's "Polybius: The Video Game That Doesn't Exist" documentary.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7X6Yeydgyg

      3 votes
      1. hook Link Parent
        That was very to interesting watch, thank you.

        That was very to interesting watch, thank you.

        1 vote
    2. babypuncher Link Parent
      It's a shame Polybius never seems to go on sale. Practically every game on Steam is on sale right now except Polybius.

      It's a shame Polybius never seems to go on sale. Practically every game on Steam is on sale right now except Polybius.

      1 vote
    3. hook Link Parent
      Oooh, that looks indeed like something I would dig. Thanks a tonne! :D It seems like a crossover of Tempest and Race the Sun

      Oooh, that looks indeed like something I would dig. Thanks a tonne! :D

      It seems like a crossover of Tempest and Race the Sun

      1 vote
  3. babypuncher Link
    The genre you are looking for is "Tube Shooters". Polybius is inspired by Tempest and an urban legend. The same developer previously released TxK for the PS Vita as well as a number of official...

    The genre you are looking for is "Tube Shooters". Polybius is inspired by Tempest and an urban legend. The same developer previously released TxK for the PS Vita as well as a number of official Tempest games.

    3 votes
  4. [2]
    kfwyre Link
    Neon Rider 1985 It's probably not nearly as slick or polished as what you're looking for, but it is playable in browser!

    Neon Rider 1985

    It's probably not nearly as slick or polished as what you're looking for, but it is playable in browser!

    3 votes
    1. hook Link Parent
      It seems somewhat sluggish, unfortunately. But thanks for the suggestion nonetheless.

      It seems somewhat sluggish, unfortunately. But thanks for the suggestion nonetheless.

      1 vote