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Tempest [Model CX2687]

Unreleased Atari 2600 cart. published 37 years ago by Atari, Inc.

Tempest [Model CX2687] screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME.

Tempest © 1984 Atari, Incorporated.

Unreleased Atari 2600 prototype game based on the famous arcade video game.

TECHNICAL

Model CX2687

TRIVIA

The name of the programmer for the 2600 version of Tempest has been a bit of a mystery. Carla Meninsky has generally been identified as the programmer, but some other programmers seem to recall that someone else worked on Tempest. Carla herself shed some light on this when she mentioned that the prototype we have isn't her version at all. More digging shows that the current prototype (dated 1-5-84) was made long after Carla had left Atari. So it appears that Atari decided to assign another programmer to make a new version of Tempest after Carla left rather than use her existing code. Unfortunately, Carla's original version remains lost and the identity of the programmer behind this version remains a mystery.

STAFF

Graphics: Michael Kosaka

PORTS

CONSOLES:
[US] Sony PlayStation 4 (oct.18, 2016) "Atari Flashback Classics Vol.1"
[US] [EU] Microsoft XBOX One (nov.1, 2016) "Atari Flashback Classics Vol.1"

HANDHELDS:
[US] Nintendo DS (nov.2, 2010) "Atari Greatest Hits Vol.1 [Model NTR-BR6E-USA]"
[EU] Nintendo DS (feb.24, 2011) "Atari Greatest Hits Vol.1 [Model NTR-BR6P-EUR]"

COMPUTERS:
[US] Steam (mar.24, 2016) "Atari Vault [Model 400020]"

OTHERS:
[US] "Atari Flashback 4" (nov.13, 2012) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 5" (oct.1, 2014) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 6" (sept.15, 2015) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 7" (oct.1, 2016) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Ultimate Portable Game Player" (nov.2016) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 8" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 8 Gold Edition" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback Portable Game Player" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames

SOURCES

Game's ROM.