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VORTEX
THE FX ROBOT BATTLE
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ヴォルテックス ザ・FXロボットバトル
©1994 Argonaut Software Ltd.
©1994 Electro Brain Corp.
©1994 Pack-In-Video Co.,Ltd.
Release: 1994-12-09 (¥9800)
Cartridge SHVC-4V
Shooter / 3D

American Version
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Released in America as VORTEX
( SNS-4V-USA )

European Version
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Released in Europe as
VORTEX
( SNSP-4V-XXX )
Vortex is a polygon 3D space shooter by Argonaut Software, and is probably the least known of the Super FX games (see Star Fox for more information about the enhancement chip). A race of evil aliens has captured the core that holds the very peace of the universe together, and its shattered pieces have now been scattered across the universe. The goal of the game is to retrieve them all, and to save the universe. The player takes control of the Battle Morphing System, an advanced transformable vehicle. The first and default fighting mode is a humanoid Walker armed with multi-rockets, missiles and lasers. The vehicle is more suited for ground missions (such as planet surfaces), can jump in the air, collect items but is rather weak and slow in the void of space. The second mode is the Sonic Jet aircraft, which is the fastest, heavily armed but hard to maneuver (it can't stop!). Finally, the Land Burner is a strong wheeled vehicle which is very fast on land and can perform long jumps. Although a fourth form called the Hard Shell is available, it is an exclusively defensive mode with an impenetrable shield (doesn't take any damage) and equipped with only one weapon, the Electro Bomb. Vortex consists of seven levels (as well as three training missions), and features a password system to save the player's progress.
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See Star Fox (Sfc) for more information about the Super FX Chip.

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Special Passwords:
The following passwords activate various effects, and these effects can be accumulated:

Invincibility - HVZSM
Infinite Ammunition - WSVTQ
Infinite Lives - JTTSJ
Level select:
Enter CTGXF as a password, then start a new game. When the parts of the core appear and rotate on the screen (right after starting the game), press up or down to select a different level.


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Vortex does remind me of Star Fox, but it just doesn't achieve the same level of greatness and quality. Granted, the transformable robot and the polygonal 3D both look excellent (especially for a 16bit machine with an enhanced chip!). The game is also more complex than Star Fox and controls take time to learn. No, the real problem lies in the painful slowness of some situations. When things get really busy on screen, the game loses control over the frame rate and the animation becomes really choppy, making the robot really hard to maneuver. I feel that Argonaut Software tried to push the hardware too much with Vortex. The game's story is also a bit weak and I would have expected something a slightly smarter than "let's retrieve all the core pieces" kind of deal. But Vortex can now be purchased for a few bucks, so why not give it a try ? Still, I feel that Vortex is the kind of game that can only be entertaining to play when bored, I myself like to activate the invincibility code and just blitz through the levels...




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