Vortex NG Reaches Game Dev Finals
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
iDevGames ran a story over the weekend about Vortex Next Generation being selected as a finalist in the Independent Game Festival's Student Showcase. This is significant, since it is the only Mac game to do so (and a Mac-only game, to boot). The festival is a part of the Game Developers Conference being held late in March, which Apple will also be attending as an exhibitor.
Vortex NG is a 3D action/puzzle game which seems very reminiscent of the 80's arcade classics. You control your hRider ship around a circle, bouncing your AGEB (Anti-Gravity Explosive Ball) against the enemy blocks. While the gameplay is somewhat akin to Araknoid or Brickles, Vortex NG has many powerups and special effects to set it apart. It also features a multiplayer split-screen with up to four people, and it will eventually have network and GameRanger support. A demo will be available when the full game is completed shortly after the GDC. The game requires some sort of OpenGL-compatible 3D hardware, though it should run well on any baseline iMac. Vortex NG will also contain a level editor so you can make your own levels if you beat the thirty included in the game.
Independent Games Festival Web Site
Vortex NG's developer, Rocco Bowling, of Feline Entertainment is looking to help show off his creation at the festival on something other than his beige G3. If you think you might be able to provide some more colorful hardware for the duration of the show, drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And check out the Vortex NG web site for more info and screen shots on the game.
Vortex Next Generation Web Site
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