Younger gamers looking for a good 32X game will embrace Tempo with open arms. Dazzling sound and graphics combine with simple gameplay to make a perfect game for novices.
Tempo is reminiscent of Ristar, another recent Sega platform game that's ideal for younger players. Like its predecessor, Tempo's gameplay is straightforward and simple: Bop enemies, fly and jump to new platforms, and nail bosses after each stage.
Tempo adds a musical theme, which means you play in such areas as the inside of a giant stereo and recover health by finding musical notes. Despite these new touches, though, it's still the kind of game you've played before.
ProTip: Bounce on this switch so its light turns blue, then ride the adjacent sonic waves up to new platforms.
Tempo isn't just the name of the game, it's also the name of the multitalented hero. Tempo's a dancing, flying, jumping bug whose four arms and two legs provide you with a weapon-flinging attack, three kinds of kicks, and three hand slaps.
Control is quick and responsive, making Tempo all but invulnerable to the easy enemies he encounters (though accurate jumping and flying takes practice). As an extra advantage, you can also find his girlfriend, Katy, at different points throughout the game. You can't play as Katy, but she stays by Tempo's side to join the attacks. Together, they're one dominant dancin' duo.
- Arrows point you toward exits, but go against them when necessary to search for extra musical notes, as on this Indigestion Performance ramp.
- Always enter lit rooms and back-lit screens with some kind of attack. An easily dispatched enemy is usually inside.
If you want to see imaginative 32X graphics, check out Tempo's dazzling stages. The backgrounds are so dense with wild colors and swirling shapes that it's sometimes hard to concentrate on the foreground action. Older gamers disenchanted with the simple gameplay will still enjoy Tempo's eye-popping graphics.
It's safer to nail enemies from a distance, but if you bounce off 'em, you can reach extra goodies.
As befits a game with a musical theme, excellent tunes perfectly complement the action and graphics. The rap-style music changes for each level, but it never fails to be rich and rewarding. The sound effects aren't much, but with so much music, you probably won't mind.
Get the Beat
This game has it all for younger gamers: tons of eye and ear candy, easy gameplay, a unique new hero, and musical passwords to ensure success. Although veterans won't find much challenge, rookies will have a blast. Watch out for Tempo, the really New Kid on the Block.