Tempo

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Tempo
System(s): Sega 32X
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS Z80 (modified)
Genre: Action[1][2]

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
JP
¥7,8007,800 GM-4009
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega 32X
US
$69.9969.99[3] 84504
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega 32X
BR
152070
Tectoy: Todas as Idades

Tempo (テンポ) is a 1995 action platforming game developed for the Sega 32X by Sega and Red Company. It was the first game in Red's Tempo series, and was followed by Tempo Jr. and Super Tempo.

Story

In the world of Rhythmia, Dance Master Major Minor is holding a huge music festival. Tempo the grasshopper and his friend Katy are competing in a dance contest on the Major Minor Show for a coveted trophy. But the sinister King Dirge wants the trophy. He and his minions, called Mussi Productions, try to force Tempo and Katy out of the contest.

Gameplay

The game is a platformer. Tempo can move around with Left and Right, can look up and down with Up and Down, and ducks with Down. He jumps with B and can hover with his wings by holding B while in midair, slowly floating downward. Tempo can run with LeftLeft or RightRight. Tempo kicks with A, which knocks out enemies at close range, and snaps music notes with C, a projectile attack that stuns enemies. Kicking can be done with jumping or ducking, and snapping can both be done while jumping. Enemies can also be defeated by jumping on them. Jumping on an enemy awards 10 points, while kicking an enemy awards 100 points.

Finding a DANCE panel causes Tempo to do a dance that defeats all enemies on screen, turning them into Gold Coins for use in bonus games, and summons his friend Katy. Katy follows Tempo around for the rest of the stage and automatically defeats enemies if Tempo stuns them with a note. If the player finds a KATY panel while Katy is following Tempo, Katy does a spin attack that opens up a secret path.

Tempo has a strength gauge in the top left corner of the screen and loses strength when he hits an enemy or an obstacle. Katy flees when Tempo's strength is low. There are items throughout the levels that replenish Tempo's strength. If Tempo loses all his strength, he loses a life. If he loses all of his lives, the game ends but the player can continue or get a password to continue at another time.

Landmarks

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Treble Clef
Bounce off these to send Tempo cartwheeling across the screen. He is invulnerable while spinning.
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Minor Teleporter
Jump on top to teleport to another area.
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Crystal
Hurts Tempo if he touches it. Used to block paths. Find a Flower to melt it.
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Flower
Touch the ice block to defrost it into a flower, which melts any crystals that might be blocking the way, leaving Power Notes in their place.
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End
Marks the end of a level.

Items

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Power Notes
Partially replenishes Tempo's strength gauge. The more groups of notes, the more the item heals. Some notes play a song when collected in sequence instead of replenishing strength. When all of the notes have been collected, the player is awarded bonus points.
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Giant Note
Fully replenishes Tempo's strength gauge and awards bonus points.
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Headphones
Permanently extends Tempo's strength gauge by one segment.
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Cassette Tape
Awards double points for each enemy defeated during its duration of effect.
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CD
Temporarily grants Tempo invulnerability.
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LP
Empowers Tempo with the ability to fly with BBBBB and shoot LPs with C. The effect is broken if Tempo takes damage or when its duration ends.
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Hand Snaps
Enables Tempo to use more hands when using his snap attack with C. He uses one hand normally but can use two, three, or four hands depending on the number on the item collected. Tempo drops this item when he takes damage and goes back to using one hand, but it can be collected again.
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DANCE
Tempo performs a dance that defeats every enemy on screen and recruits his friend Katy to accompany him for the rest of the stage. Dances defeat every enemy and turn them into Gold Coins for use in the bonus games.
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KATY
If Katy is with Tempo, she performs a super spin that opens up special passageways.
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Gold Coin
Collected by defeating enemies with DANCE panels. Used as credits for bonus games. Press  START  to check the current coin count.

Stages

The game's stages are divided between the three floors of the Major Minor Show. Pressing Up or Down on the stage select screen changes the floor. Pressing Left and Right changes the stage and A, B, or C selects it. The first two floors allow the player to choose which stage to play in any order. The player beat all the stages on one floor to go on to the next. Stages cannot be played once completed.

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First floor

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Second floor

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Third floor

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Bonus game basement

First floor

These stages can be played in any order.

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Downtown Performance
An urban city filled with basketball-playing enemies, skyscrapers that rise and fall, and lots of city-related gimmicks leading to a fight with a giant shoe.

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Hi Fi Performance
A digital maze of conveyor belts, electric drum pads, electroshock televisions, and dancing bug monsters that ends with a fight against a pair of headphones.

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Indigestion Performance
Fight your way through the mouth and into the belly of a large monster to fight a boxing glove in a boxing ring.

Second floor

Circus Performance and Jungle Performance can be played in either order. Winter Performance is played after they are both completed.

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Circus Performance

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Jungle Performance

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Winter Performance

Third floor

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Final Performance
The Final Performance consists of three hallways with a number of rooms for finding Katy, augmenting Tempo's strength bar with Headphones, and replenishing his strength before the final boss fight.

Bonus Games

Bonus games can be played for extra points in exchange for Gold Coins. They are all simple rhythm games that rely on pressing A, B, or C when cued.

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Tasty Vittle Session

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Goin' Pearlin'

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Just Hackin' Away

Production credits

Source:
In-game credits
Source:
US manual

Magazine articles

Main article: Tempo/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1995-04: "April 1995" (1995-03-08)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
50
[4]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
42
[5]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
75
[6]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
82
[7]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
85
[3]
MAN!AC (DE) NTSC-U
60
[8]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
69
[9]
Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
25
[10]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
58
[11]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
72
[12]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
74
[13]
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
64
[14]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
70
[15]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
80
[16]
Sega 32X
65
Based on
14 reviews

Tempo

32X, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Tempo 32x jp manual.pdf
Manual
32X, US
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Cover
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Cart
Tempo 32x us manual.pdf
Manual
32X, BR
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega 32X
CRC32 14e5c575
MD5 30989c83d4e4ea3c35a1f3e2620b8465
SHA-1 6673ba83570b4f2c1b4a22415a56594c3cc6c6a9
3MB Cartridge (JP/US)
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-02-07 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-02-06 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-02-06 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-02-04 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-01-26 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-01-24 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-01-21 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1994-12-29 Page

External links

  • Sega of America webpage: 32X

References


Tempo

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Prereleases:
Tempo series of games
Tempo (1995) | Tempo Jr. (1995) | Super Tempo (1998)