Vortex (video game)
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Vortex is a 3D shooter game developed by Argonaut Software and released by Electro Brain for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in September 1994. Titled Citadel during development, it is one of a few titles designed to use the enhanced graphics of the Super FX powered GSU-1.
The player pilots an experimental mech called the Morphing Battle System against the seven worlds of the Aki-Do Forces. The MBS can transform between four different modes, fueling unconfirmed speculation that the concept may have been derived from an unreleased game based on Transformers: Generation 2. However, in a 2015 interview with Retro Gamer, programmer Michael Wong-Powell confirmed that Vortex and Transformers were entirely separate projects, with the latter being cancelled during development.
Electronic Gaming Monthly scored the game at 6 out of 10. They remarked that the pace is slow, but complimented the unique concept and high challenge. GameFan's three reviewers scored it 79%, 72%, and 70%.
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- "The Making of: Vortex". Retro Gamer (147): 38–41. October 2015.
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- GameFan, volume 2, issue 11, page 31