Variants

#1 Crossing

The basic game of Vortex is Crossing, in which the main objective is to reach the opposite side as quickly as possible with all your coloured routers.

Rotate the towers on the dynamic board to move the routers towards your goal. Outsmart your opponents but beware… every player has his own strategy! It will take all your tactical skills to reach your goal.

Thanks to the dynamic board, every game is unique. Together with your opponents you determine where the start and finish positions are. When you play the game with 2 or 3 players, you‘d probably play solo, when you play with 4 or 6 players it is advised to team up, also see manual ‘advanced & more’… for plenty of variety!

Video Tutorial Start Positions Manual
#1 Crossing Label

#2 Crossing Advanced

As the name suggests, Crossing Advanced is slightly more advanced than the basic game. The coloured controllers are used more and create unexpected twists during the game.

Rotate the towers on the dynamic board to move the routers towards your goal. With the coloured controllers you can control the towers, leaving your opponents unable to rotate them.

It is also possible to capture a tower of one of your opponents. You will find that this game variant of Vortex requires a great deal more tactical insight.

Together with your opponents you determine where the start and finish positions are. When you play the game with 2 or 3 players, you‘d probably play solo, when you play with 4 or 6 players it is advised to team up… plenty of variety!

Video Tutorial Start Positions Manual
#2 Crossing Advanced Label

#3 Cat & Mouse

Especially for younger players, a cat-and-mouse game has been developed for the dynamic Vortex game board, fun for all ages. Do you fancy being the cat or the mouse…?

So you’re the mouse? It is your goal to get in the cupboard behind the grey controllers. As a mouse you can run around as much as you like, until you meet a cat.

So you’re the cat? It is your nature to try and stop the mouse from reaching the cupboard. Fortunately you’re not alone, and with four cats on the game board it should be easy to capture the mouse. However, you may only rotate one tower one position ahead per turn. If the mouse always outsmarts the foursome, call for help from a fifth cat.

The game ends when the mouse has reached the cupboard or has been cornered and probably….

Video Tutorial Start Positions Manual
#3 Cat & Mouse Label

#4 Solitary

The dynamic board of Vortex offers tactical challenges for up to 6 players, but for a single player Solitary will prove to be a quite challenging game.

In this game variant all 7 colours are used. The objective is simple: reassemble all the coloured routers around their own tower… However, this might be a little more complex than it looks.

The routers are placed on the dynamic board randomly. Solitary looks a little like Rubik’s Cube. This perhaps serves to illustrate the complexity of the game variant.

Video Tutorial Finish Positions Manual
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#5-10 Extra concept games

These games are basically playable with the content of the first Vortex box, they’re meant to illustrate the wide range of possible games and trigger the enthusiast player to try and create his own!.

#11-19 Extensions

Apart from the game variants already mentioned, the Vortex game board can also be used to play some other variants, which will be available as extensions. Below are some examples of extension kits to be added in the near future.