Chris from Doppio here! Thanks for playing The Vortex, we loved listening to the discussion you guys had about it.
1 - on ISP, we take the second approach you mentioned. If you play through a bit more from where you stopped, you’ll eventually hit on some tasks that take a few hours of real-world time to complete. You can either choose to come back later when those are done, or pay some multi-gel to accelerate through them instantly. All of the game’s content can be played 100% for free, though; we really wanted to avoid any hard pay walls anywhere in the game experience.
2 - the game’s UI is actually built on APL, and has a fully-optimized experience for Echo Spot, Show and TV, so it should look great if you fire it up on a supported TV-attached device!
Happy to answer any other questions here, too!