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Vortex was one of the few games designed to use the SNES Super FX 1 chip, a custom-made graphics accelerator RISC processor. The game is a 3D shooter similar to Star Fox by the same development studio, but with some subtle differences. Players can morph their vehicle at any time from the standard walker to a sonic jet, a land burner and a defensive hard shell, each with their own weapons, strengths and weaknesses.

The player is cast as a soldier fighting the Aki-Do Forces, an evil empire bent on taking over the entire universe. To stop them, the player has access to an experimental mech, the Vortex, to travel the seven worlds of the Aki-Do system and destroy the bases.


Vortex SNES You are dropped in the battle zone.
Vortex SNES Changing to Walker mode.
Vortex SNES Items and enemies are introduced.
Vortex SNES Almost dead

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Alternate Titles

  • "Vortex: The FX Robot Battle" -- Japanese tag-lined title
  • "Citadel" -- Working title
  • "ヴォルテックス" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

neXGam Dec 27, 2009 8.2 out of 10 82
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Nov, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Nov, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Play Time Dec, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Nintendo Life Jul 26, 2010 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
GamePro (US) Oct, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Super Power (Sweden) Dec, 1994 63 out of 100 63
All Game Guide 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Total! (Germany) Nov, 1994 3.75 out of 6 45
The Video Game Critic Dec 27, 2006 F 0


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Big John WV (25477) added Vortex (SNES) on Feb 04, 2008