The gameplay is the real highlight of the Tornado Outbreak experience. Each level, besides the tutorial sections, is split up into three different zones. In each zone, you must start off as a very small, harmless tornado and work your way up into a city-smashing spiral by destroying various objects and growing as you suck up more junk. Things you can actually pick up and destroy will rattle as you approach them, which is a great visual cue while tearing through a stage.
As you progress through the game, more and more gameplay mechanics are introduced, which helps keep the experience fresh. For example, once you learn the basics of destroying buildings, Tornado Outbreak introduces Fire Flier catching. In order to advance to the next zone and extend your time limit, players must find Fire Fliers that are hidden in different objects and absorb them. Players have the option of chaining these catches together by holding down a button and collecting more Fire Fliers while a blue ring of light surrounds your tornado. To turn this into a challenge as opposed to a free chaining device, your tornado will start to slow down the longer you hold down the button, until eventually the Fire Fliers you currently have trapped will be absorbed all at once.
After this technique becomes second nature, the game opens up the Stone Stomp, which gives your tornado the ability to hop up and then stomp down on the ground to more quickly destroy nearby objects. More techniques are revealed after this, too, so there's much more to Tornado Outbreak than just fooling around with the analog stick.
Another aspect of Tornado Outbreak I really enjoyed was the usage of light and darkness. As Wind Warriors are extremely weak against UV radiation, you have to stay in the cover of clouds in order to survive. Normally, this translates into keeping within certain boundaries during normal play, but it quickly becomes an important gameplay element during the Totem Battles. You'll have to hastily navigate shadowy patches of earth in order to avoid the sunlight, all while dodging giant balls of fire flying at your face. Just another Friday night here at IGN.
Despite feeling a bit low-budget and being a fairly short game, Tornado Outbreak is still surprisingly fun. The art style is cute, even though the visuals might not technically cut it, and the music is fantastic and themed appropriately for each location. Although you can beat Tornado Outbreak in less than five hours, there's plenty to do in previous stages after you earn all your powers, so there's some replay value to be found there. - Ryan Clements (IGN)