Vertigo Rogue Review

By , on April 17, 2010

Vertigo Rogue
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4 out of 5


  • GTA-inspired gameplay.
  • Huge cities to cause mayhem in.
  • Non-linear mission selection.
  • Optional anaglyphic 3D mode.


  • Hard controls to master.
  • Enemies can forever to kill in harder difficulties.


Vertigo Rogue is the next best thing to a GTA-inspired sandbox game for the App Store, with huge environments and complex gameplay that needs to be seen to be believed.

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Vertigo Rogue is a mammoth achievement for independent developer Brainphant for two major reasons. Firstly, the game weighs in at an incredibly small 5.4 megabytes; and secondly, much like the Tardis of Doctor Who fame, you'll marvel at just how comprehensively huge this game is. Vertigo Rogue is a top-down shooter in the same vein as the original GTA series and brings a whole lot of explosive fun to your fingertips.

The first major obstacle to conquer is the game's controls. Vertigo opts for minimalism and manages to provide full 3D maneuverability for your helicopter including firing and weapon swapping by only using two virtual-sticks. Any time you remove your finger to fire or swap weapons, the virtual sticks will only slowly move towards a neutral position to keep movement as stable as possible. Despite this, it's still extremely easy to lose control of your helicopter in the heat of an action filled moment.

Missions are unlocked and accessible in any order you choose, giving you a chance to try something different if a mission is proving to be too difficult. For a game this small the visuals are simply amazing with a huge city-scape to explore in each mission. While the models are simplistic, the city is populated by moving cars and buildings of various sizes, shapes and designs making the city feel truly alive.

Vertigo Rogue isn't a true sandbox game, but the huge levels and fast-paced action will keep you busy for hours.


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