When it comes to the look of the cabinet and its graphics, the game play, the game sounds, and the game images, my absolute most favorite classic arcade video game is Tempest. Period.
But, despite all of its beauty, the Tempest's color X-Y monitor was the absolute worst monitor ever made. Between the monitor burning itself up and the recurring circuit board problems, most Tempest ended up in the dump. Because, Tempest was a maintenance nightmare for the arcade operator.
That is why a good working original Tempest is so very hard to find today. And, of course, even if you do find one, you still will be confronted with the same old maintenance problems.
But now, with our all new technology Tempest / Tempest Tubes machine, all of those problems are ancient history.
It is, indeed, a new day for Tempest lovers.
Especially, when with our machine, you will be able to play at levels you could never before reach, or may never have even known existed. (Levels 1 to 99.)
You probably have never seen or played Tempest Tubes, either.
Tempest Tubes is a Hack/ROM Swap for Tempest produced in 1981 by Atari (the same year of release as Tempest). So, if the arcade operator did not purchase and install the ROM Swap (and most did not, why would they), you would never have seen or played the game.
Basically, Tempest Tubes is the same as Tempest, except with a few levels made more interesting and difficult.
A. Description -
$1995. A must for every Tempest lover.
You can start your custom machine with only a 50% deposit.
And, this game machine features all new modern electronics and many other modern features.
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B. Features -
B-1. 23" LCD monitor with latest LED backlighting and IPS any angle viewing technology (not the old heavy obsolete X-Y CRT monitor).
B-2. SlikStik Tornado spinner (the best made) with original style Tempest knob.
B-3. 16 watt AC powered stereo speaker system with volume control pod, subwoofer, and headphones jack (not just the old monaural speaker).
B-4. Built-in 1,200 joules surge protector with EMI/RFI filtering and fuse (not just the old power cord and fuse).
B-5. Universal JAMMA wiring harness (allows plug-and-play of other JAMMA game boards).
B-6. Keyed (default) front black powder coat vault-style door, or choice of key-less thumb lock.
B-7. Choice of steel leg levelers (default), or wooden pads that won't scratch floors.
B-8. Commercial grade 16 amp arcade switching power supply.
B-9. Commercial grade arcade style player control and start pushbuttons with commercial grade microswitches.
B-10. Stainless steel control panel hardware (never rusts).
B-11. Control panel overlay graphic made of virtually indestructable polycarbonate (not of easily scratched vinyl).
B-12. All new polycarbonate cabinet graphics, just as shown in the photo.
B-13. Commercial grade cabinet made of 3/4" cabinet quality materials.
B-14. Set up for home use freeplay, not for coin-op.
B-15. LED marquee backlight (not the old hot fluorescent bulb).
C. Custom Options And Upgrades -
C-1. Change T-molding color from black (default) to blue, or red, or yellow, or chrome. No extra charge.
C-2. Change control and start button colors from black (default) to blue, red, yellow, white, or green. No extra charge.
C-3. Change the cabinet front paint color from black (default) to any paint color you want (email a link to the color you want). No extra charge.
C-4. Upgrade to a non-functional lighted coin-op front door, adds $100.
C-5. Game Starting Level and Mode Settings:
As shown in this photo of the start screen, a player can select to start at Starting Level 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.
With this Option Setting, a player can start slow or challenge themselves at higher more difficult levels.
This was the typical Starting Level setting used in arcades. But, it is not the setting that we will use.
C-5-b. An alternate Starting Level setting is "minimum rating range tied to high score."
This is the Option Setting that we will use for your machine. With this setting, if you have saved your high score (see Section N below), you can start play at or near your high score.
For home use, this is definitely the preferred setting.
Demonstration Mode, as shown in this photo, allows selection of Starting Level up to level 81.
Additionally, Demonstration Mode allows you to accelerate through the tubes without having to kill the enemies simply by pressing either of the START buttons. And, you can clear the spikes at the bottom of the tube by pressing the FIRE button.
With Demonstration Mode, whether you are a great player or not, you can test yourself at all 99 Tempest levels.
These are great value-add game settings that you likely have never seen, heard of, or experienced before.
D. Price -
$1995. Deposit = $995.
Please compare our price to that of any other custom professionally built multicade. You cannot beat our price.
See section "J" below for purchase checkout.
E. Freight Shipping -
$300 for residential curbside freight delivery to anywhere in continental USA.
White Glove inside freight delivery service available in some areas for an additional fee.
Local delivery available (DFW TX area).
And, you can pick up at our shop. No charge for pick up, shipping cost paid at check-out will be refunded.
F. Needed With Order -
Include this info when making payment, or send in an email.
- Shipping address,
- Contact name,
- Email address,
- Daytime phone number, and
- Custom options if different from defaults (see section "C" above).
G. Time To Ship -
20 to 30 business days to complete your order.
Depends on the level of customization selected (see section "C" above).
H. Size And Weight -
Just like you remember.
Size at control panel - approx. 25" wide x 33" deep.
Heigth - approx. 73" cabinet top to floor with wheels.
Weight - approx. only 170 lbs. (thanks to the LCD/LED monitor).
Palleted shipping weight - approx. 210 lbs.
I. Warranty -
Ace Amusements offers the #1 new machine warranty in the industry - a lifetime limited warranty:
- Two year exchange replacement of mechanical parts and electronic components,
- Five year exchange replacement of circuit board, and
- Lifetime unlimited phone and email tech support.
All parts and components are brand new, off-the-shelf, and easily replaced.
J. Payment -
Contact me to pay deposit by card or by PayPal.
Or, click button for payment in full provided by PayPal.
We have been a PayPal Verified Merchant since 2006.
K. Customer Feedback -
We have tons of happy customer feedbacks. Too many to list them all here. So, here is one representative example for our Man Cave Multicade.
L. Questions And Your Specifications -
Call toll free: 877-242-7750
When sending an email, be sure to include a subject.
If left clicking the email link does not function properly, just right click instead. Then, copy and paste my email address into your email application.
M. Comparison Shopping -
No one beats our low total price.
We invite you to compare our custom professionally built multicade to any other you may find anywhere in the world.
Here are some important comparison points:
- we handle the shipping for you,
- cabinet styled almost exactly after the arcade classic,
- practically unlimited possibilities to personalize the appearance of your machine,
- cabinet made in USA of solid cabinet grade materials,
- latest technology LCD/LED/IPS backlighted monitor (not a heavy obsolete CRT or out-dated LCD monitor),
- built-in 1,200 joules surge protector to protect all the electronic components (not just a power cord),
- powered stereo speaker system with volume control pod, subwoofer, and headphones jack (not just a monaural speaker),
- #1 in the industry lifetime limited warranty,
- total cost of only $1995, and
- over 30 years experience in the arcade video game business.
N. Machine Operation -
From power on to power off, everything you need to know.
N-1. Powering On - Plug the cord into a wall outlet, or into a power strip with an on-off switch.
N-2. Boot Up - After power on, allow about one minute until menu selection screen appears. During boot up various vertical and horizontal images will flash on the screen.
N-3. Menu Selection Screen - There are three selection screens: TEMPEST, TEMPEST TUBES, SHUTDOWN. The Tempest selection screen will appear first after boot up.
These are the three selection screens:
Tempest (left dot) Tempest Tubes (middle dot) Shutdown (right dot)
N-4. Selecting Game - Dial the spinner left or right. Watch the displayed screen or the three dots at bottom of page.
The selected screen dot will WHITE highlight. The other two dots will be green.
Left dot is the Tempest screen, middle dot is the Tempest Tubes screen, and right dot is the Shutdown screen.
N-5. Entering Game - When the desired selection screen is displayed, press Player-1 START button to enter/ load game (or to SHUTDOWN game system).
N-6. Starting Game - After Entering Game, press one-player or two-player START button to start/launch game.
N-7. Exit Game - Press and hold Player-1 START button three seconds to exit game and return to menu screen.
N-8. Shutdown - Before powering off machine, first shutdown the game system. Select the SHUTDOWN screen and press Player-1 START button to shutdown the game system. After shutdown selected, wait 15-20 seconds before powering off machine.
N-9. High Score Save - A game will store high scores until the game is changed to another game or until the game system is shutdown. To save a game's high scores, do not change games, do not shutdown game system, and do not power off the machine.
N-10. Freeplay - The machine is setup for home use freeplay, no coins or credits needed.
N-11. Game Option Settings - The games (Tempest and Tempest Tubes) are setup using Atari suggested arcade settings:
- Game difficulty is Medium,
- Bonus Life awarded at 20,000 points, and
- 3 lives per game.
N-12. Sound - Volume control pod with headphones jack located just inside the front access door.
N-13. Spinner Sensitivity - We will set the spinner movement sensitivity to an appropriate level for game play. But, with a simple setting adjustment, you can tweak the spinner sensitivity to suit your personal preference. Contact us and we will provide instructions and hardware for adjusting the sensitivity.
N-14. Monitor Adjustment - We will set the widescreen LCD monitor to its full-screen mode, which presents an image proportionally similar to the game's arcade appearance. Or, you can specify for the wide-screen mode, which will present a taller image (similar to that shown in photo O-1).
O. More photos -