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You're at the top of a long tube. Lots of colorful things are crawling up the tube at you, and shooting things at you. When you shoot them all, you go whizzing down the tube... to yet another tube.

We could make up some kind of Backstory for this... but we won't[1]. It's a Shoot'Em Up, and fun enough that it doesn't need any excuse. Besides, we're Atari, and this is The Golden Age of Video Games; we know you're going to keep feeding quarters into anything with our logo on it, story or no. Go nuts, guys! This video game was released in 1980.

Not to be confused with William Shakespeare's The Tempest, which is a Third Person "Romance" about a long-lost genius, his beautiful daughter, and the fell things that are discovered in their seeming paradise when a foreign ship crashes there...

For the Urban Legend version, see Polybius.

Tempest provides examples of:


  1. Okay, there sort of is one: Programmer Dave Thereur came up with the idea after having a nightmare about monsters crawling out of a hole
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