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Wednesday, October 4, 2006
 
Vortex For iPod Examined
9:10 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Pocket Gamer recently reviewed Vortex, one of several games available for Apple's iPod. The game challenges players to clear the screen of bricks using a paddle and ball. Pocket Gamer gave Vortex a score of 7 out of 10.

On paper, Vortex is yet another in the long line of Breakout clones. It's got a bat. It's got a ball. It's got bricks. And it's got a bunch of power-ups to help you through.

There's a saving grace, though. Instead of the traditional setup, where your bat is at the bottom of the screen and the bricks are at the top, this game is played in 360 degrees. Your bat zings around the outside of the screen, hitting the ball at the bricks that are arranged in circles in the middle. It's like looking down a tunnel presumably the 'vortex' of the title.

As you may have already guessed, this is tailor-made for the iPod's scroll-wheel, which I'm guessing is what Apple had in mind when commissioning the game. Rather than fighting against the controls as you do with iPod Pac-man and, to a lesser extent, Tetris, this game wouldn't work as well on any device other than the iPod. Good thinking!

The full review is available at the link provided below.

Pocket Gamer: Vortex Review
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