Vortex Attack is a frenetic arcade space shooter featuring worldwide tournaments and an intense local multiplayer mode. A worthy successor to Galaga for the XXI century. WARNING: Highly addictive.
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Positive (26 reviews) - 92% of the 26 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 27, 2015

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“This seemingly simple title was the most fun that I’ve had with any arcade game since the original Galaga.”
4.5/5 – 8 Bit gamer

“Vortex Attack modernizes the classic Galaga formula with fast and addicting gameplay while staying true to the genre’s roots.”
76% – Tech - Gaming

“Both veteran and new players of arcade shooters will love the game’s explosive frantic action.”
8/10 – 3rd Strike Review

About This Game

From an initial choice of ships, (more unlockable by playing) the player has to destroy all the vortices they will face across the galaxies.


  • Up to 3 simultaneous local players
  • 11 ship models (upgradeable up to 4 levels each)
  • STEAM: Online leaderboards and over 70 achievements
  • Regular tournaments (via Steam or Fairs)
  • Sci-fi particles madness
  • Tons of individual upgrades
  • Hundreds of fun levels featuring the innovative Vortex System, bosses and bonus
  • Multiplayer designed gameplay
  • Action neo-retro FX and music
  • Arcade coin-op: Design and integration

Real machine hosted in "Arcade Vintage" (Petrer, Spain) built just for our game.


Basic Ship



Ships: Tier 1

Voxar, Rozer, Blaster




Ships: Tier 2

Valkyr, Metr-81, Kromaia, Blaxar





Ships: Tier 3

Verminest, Beekyr



Game mechanics

The goal of each level is to destroy the vortices. Although some vortices will take several stage to destroy. Upon reaching a level where the vortex can be totally destroyed, it will unleash the most dangerous of its swarms to make things a lot harder for our players. The twist we've added in this game is that the vortex on each level will keep growing, throwing ever increasing waves of enemies to overwhelm the player, so that they must continually fight to push the vortex back. The game has been especially designed to play with up to 3 friends, although we're considering adding an optional fourth player based on player feedback.

To implode the vortices, the player must destroy enemies to collect their energy. On top of the vortex there are two spheres: The player level (blue sphere) and the vortex level (red sphere). When the energy item sent by the player reaches the vortex, the blue sphere shrinks the black hole, symbolized with the red sphere. But in the other hand the black hole is constantly growing stretching the blue sphere. The game ends when the blue sphere makes the red one disappear or the red one grows to its maximum size. The concept is kind of new, reuses the concept based in Beekyr and improves it by removing the unnecessary bits.

Game's history

The alien war machines caught us by surprise. A strange energy vortex appeared near colony Vehar-12, then they came, swarming from the centre of the vortex. The first attack was just over 20 Eartho-days ago and already eighteen colonies have been lost. 56 million souls, gone. Now they're approaching Earthos, our biggest colony. We're fighting back, but if it falls, we will be all but destroyed. The vortices had seemed all but indestructible. But now we have hope. Our technicians patched together a captured war machine, and discovered the key to the vortices, a new kind of energy they've dubbed 'Lumergy'. Our first tests of the device lead to an unexpected discovery. The energy used to create a vortex could also be used to destroy one. Using our modified war machine we can collect the Lumergy, and reverse its energy to collapse a vortex, destroying the swarm within. We can predict where the next vortex will open, and we can destroy it. We have only one chance at this, only one ship. Your only mission: Destroy the vortices. Save all of us.

System Requirements

    • Processor: Dual Core @ 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI 7540HD
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Min specs could be lower. We need more testers to know.
    • Processor: CPU DUAL CORE @ 3GHz
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 550 Ti
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Tested in that hardware.
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317.1 hrs
Posted: August 14
AMAZING! This is one of the side scrolling bullet hell games I have ever played. Why it only has 31 reviews blows my mind. Everyone who is a fan of the genera should buy this game RIGHT NOW.
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The Doctor / Varda
7.3 hrs
Posted: February 12
WEhat cha I say about his AWESOME arcade game? It made me remember when I was a child and I used to go to video games arcade. Playing Galaga or Space Invaders. Lovely music, addictive! What else? Great visual effects and it's quite difficult at a certain point.
So.., INSERT COIN guys! And PLAY!

Also, you can chek my review (in Spanish) about the game. Enjoy!

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3.5 hrs
Posted: November 24, 2015
One of the most boring games I have played so far. The bullets and enemies are there, but the fun isn't.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: November 17, 2015
Got this as a couch multiplayer game, but nobody wanted to play longer than a few minutes. Really not compelling; somehow stressful while at the same time boring. Can't recommend this when there's plenty of good multiplayer shooters out there.
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5.5 hrs
Posted: July 20, 2015
Great game more people need to buy this it's like an old school arcade game. With a modern flavor.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
One of the first arcade games that I ever played with more than a passing interest was Namco’s seminal Galaga. One of the original space shooters, Galaga was approachable in ways that most top down shooters simply aren’t, and I was able to get better and better as the years went on and I kept returning to it. I feel like a lot of the games in that tradition nowadays are still in the mindset of wowing arcade onlookers with streams of bullets and floods of enemies. Vortex Attack is a bit different. It knows to start off slowly and go with a player’s pace, allowing pilots to get into a groove. There are still plenty of bullets to dodge, but the fast pace of the action and the multitude of weapons put the player on a balanced playing field, and the whole package reminds me of arcade games of yore rather than more modern dodging simulators.

Want to know more? Check out my full review over at TechRaptor!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2015
I genrally do not play games like this but i won a key from a contest from playfire so mind as well. Turns out i enjoyed it. There is a lot of varity between the different ships. Some are strong but slow or fast but weak ect.

There are differnt power ups like speed up. Rapid fire (though it's useless as you can mash on the key you have your fire button set to) you have little helpers that you can collect that will shoot lasers and or other bullets and you can power them up as well for some extra damage.

If you get a really good set up try not to die. If you do die you loose all of your points (which is mean :3 ) So basically if you like spaceship shooters and want a challanging one i would go for this one. Its priced right and its fun what more could you ask for?
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 30, 2015
Finally someone that knows what arcade means.

I think the industry needs more REAL ARCADE GAMES, like this one.

If you are from the old school arcade type, you won't be disapointed.

Avoid the bad guys, and collect the little wite pieces to destroy the damm Vortex. ;)

Looking forward for the final version.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
Vortex Attack may not create a positive initial impression due its slow start and seemingly simplistic graphical look. However, as the difficulty builds up both concerns are eventually dispelled. In the end, reaching a score of over thirty million proved to be an extremely rewarding endeavor and one I would gladly partake in again.

Full Review Here: http://www.tech-gaming.com/vortex-attack/
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2015
cool game. Has a fun arcade feel. I would spend a lot more then $4.99 in quarters if this was in an arcade. If you are into bullet hell games this one is one to get!

To those interested, here is some no commentary game play,

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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 28, 2015
Vortex Attack is a frantic, arcade shooter delight.

It reminds me of many older arcade games (Raiden and 1941) Basically any game where you are shooting up at a stuff.

If those are games you enjoyed or have enjoyed then this is absolutely worth the $5, in my first 20 minutes I only got to level 19 which seemed to only be the 2nd of 10 sectors.

With increasily harder levels, with more enemies and projectiles to avoid I can see finishing this game being very GD difficult.

You'll be trying to beat your high score over and over again in this one.

Only thing I'd like to see is my ship moving a lot faster, however, there may be faster ships didn't try them out.

Check out my first look here - It may still be uploading so check back =D


For more reviews and the bi-weekly podcast about Early Access and Indie Games check out www.EarlyAccessPodcast.com
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
this game is a love story between childhood and arcade cabinet , this will reveal you'r animal's instinct !!!

the game is well balanced , you don't have to be a pro to get 10 Million score, but when you finish the game first, the game restart and the things start to go crazy, lot's of bullets, less power up except points !

awsome game !
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 27, 2015
A - R - C - A - D - E.

If you enjoyed old school shmups make sure not to miss this one.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
An old-school static-screen SHMUP, with a lot of bullets, but not a bullet hell.

Hold the fire button and avoid a screen full of random bullets while trying to collect a screen full of pickups that hold back and eventually destroy a black hole. Repeat until game ends. Or you end, whichever comes first.

Mechanicaly it seems fine, controls work, no complaints there. There's even a slow movement button, though I never felt like using it.

The game starts quite slow and takes a few stages to get going. Unfortunately, if you get plenty of power-ups along the way (which doesn't seem too hard), you'll be killing most enemies about as fast as they can spawn, along with a large percentage of enemy bullets (though not all can be destroyed). Your ship can take a few hits, and if you get a shield, well, who cares about bullets?

Now while that's fun and all, it leaves me with little sense of threat, even when I'm messing up and getting myself killed, on the second-last stage. Aside from complacency, the main danger ends up being things invading your personal space, particularly things that are the same colour as the background, which is frustrating, but thankfully doesn't happen all the time.

There are also standard bosses and the traditional shooting gallery bonus levels, which are good to break up the gameplay, but not terribly exciting.

NOTE: Only played with a couple of ships, there may be some that make things more interesting, but I'm bored already. also I don't have anyone to try multi.

Apart from poor visibility on some enemies, the graphics are pretty good and appropriately arcadey. Didn't notice the sound, so, good.

Overall, it's not a bad game, but it doesn't quite hit the mark. Fans of the genre might well like it, but with so many similar games out there, you can probably find something better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
Vortex Attack is pure arcade fun. Unlockable ships and different levels and enemies add variety to the solid game core.

While the start may seem a bit slow for expert players, the gameplay soon becomes tense and frantic. You will want to try again every time you die... and you will die... a lot ;)
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