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Cheat Codes - Vortex and Texas Hold’em

For the first time ever on the iPod, Apple has released cheat codes that unlock hidden levels and power-ups found in its fifth-generation iPod games Vortex and Texas Hold’em. Multiple codes can be combined in each game, making it much easier to beat difficult stages.


In Vortex, you need to bring up the Main Menu without a game in progress. You’ll see an option called Personal Info. Select Rename, and enter one of the following new player names using the letter selection tool. Hold down the iPod’s center Action button until the code activates.

ME_PAZ activates the laser power-up, which burns through bricks in a straight line.


I_GUNZ activates the gun power-up, which destroys bricks one at a time.


FORSIX gives you 24 lives.


_PWR_B (space PWR space B) gives you the powerball, which shatters multiple bricks at a time.


NO_ID_ (NO space ID space) unlocks special backgrounds not found anywhere in the game’s 40 original levels, or in the randomly generated ones that appear after those have been completed.

Texas Hold’em

In Texas Hold’em, go to the Options menu, and select New Player. Enter the cheat code as a new player name using the letter selection tool. Once the cheat code is entered, the iPod will jump to the checkmark (done) character. At this point, you must hold down the center button until the code activates, and you’ll see the word Secret appear on screen.


By entering YOUCHEAT, you’ll activate a secret menu that gives you five options: unlock all tournaments, start with $100,000 in cash, show tells and/or down cards, and adjust the AI to fold normally, often, or never. Other cheats are below.


See secret characters:  ALLCHARS


Play the iTunes Bar tournament:  BARTUNES


Play the Apple Conference Room tournament, which is “modeled after an actual Apple conference room,” notes Apple:  THREEAMI


Play the Stonehenge tournament:  BIGROCKS


Play the Dog tournament (a tribute to C.M. Coolidge’s Dogs Playing Poker art):  PLAYDOGS


Play the Futuristic tournament:  SPACEACE


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well this aint to bad. gives some extras to the products you bought and shows the possibilities for the future.

Posted by BIGP in East Amherst, NY, USA on December 5, 2006 at 7:50 PM (CST)


Cool stuff! Now, I gotta buy Vortex cause I only have Pac-Man (which is TONS-O-FUN even on iPod!)

Posted by chad_l in East Amherst, NY, USA on December 11, 2006 at 9:26 AM (CST)


Another cheat for vertex is in game pause press menu multiple times until you get 99 lives repeat this as needed

Posted by Logan Quick in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 3, 2009 at 10:21 PM (CDT)


When playing vortex, if you pause in the middle of a level (hit menu) and then hit the next song button, it automatically beats the level. But it also changes the song…which sucks if you are listening to a good one.

Posted by Zach Kohler in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 6, 2009 at 9:56 PM (CDT)


Do these cheats only work on 5th gen ipods, I have a 3rd gen Nano. Does 5th gen mean soft ware release or iPod gen?

Posted by Steve Risk in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 19, 2009 at 11:49 PM (CDT)


i have a cheet of my own.  add if you like it you can add it

Skip a level:    when you are playing vortex sideways on the new nano you hit the>>| and it will pause it, then you hit menu and play /pause   or(>||) . then it will skip the leval you are on.

Posted by brendon in East Amherst, NY, USA on April 25, 2009 at 9:24 AM (CDT)


i found 3 glitches my self. They work in ipod nano 4th genearation not sure about the others.

1) press the fast foward button in the main menu of

2) Press the rewind button to get an extra life in the main menu. Press repeatedly for a lot of lives.

3)When u coplete a level and ur score is being shown, tilt the ipod. Your bonus will be re added to ur score. You can do this a lot of time

Posted by Domer Timpson in East Amherst, NY, USA on May 26, 2009 at 7:58 AM (CDT)


It sucks that these cheats don’t work for the iPhone version of hold em - why would they make the ipod version better? Kind of a rip off.

Posted by Enrique in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 11, 2009 at 1:58 AM (CDT)


do these cheats work on ipod nanos or hust ipod touch?

Posted by Sam in East Amherst, NY, USA on January 28, 2010 at 8:51 PM (CST)


This this work on ipod 4 gen!

Posted by Chai Yi Hein in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 3, 2010 at 4:18 AM (CDT)


I found out another cheat!

Rename you user and name it NO_ID it unlock special backgrounds!

Posted by Chai Yi Hein in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 3, 2010 at 4:20 AM (CDT)

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