Tempest [Model CX2687]

Unreleased Atari 2600 cart. published 39 years ago by Atari, Inc.

Listed in MAME

Tempest [Model CX2687] screenshot

Tempest © 1984 Atari, Incorporated.

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


Model CX2687


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.


Graphics: Michael Kosaka


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Game's ROM.