It was later released in Europe on 27 June of the same year and finally in Japan on 15 December of the same year as well, where it was published by Mumin Corporation.
Taking control of the claw-shaped Blaster spacecraft from the original game, the player has to survive and travel across multiple levels until the end in an intergalactic war, battling against a variety of enemies that appear on the playfield. Originally an exclusive for the Jaguar, Tempest 2000 was ported to DOS, Macintosh, Sega Saturn, PlayStation and Windows, each with several changes and additions from the original version.
Tempest 2000 was critically acclaimed when it was released on the Jaguar, with critics praising the graphics, gameplay and soundtrack. It is often considered as one of the best games released for the Jaguar and as of 1 April 1995, the Jaguar version has sold more than 30,000 copies during its lifetime, making it one of the best selling games for the system.
Other ports received positive reception, though they were not as well received as the original version.