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  • Summary: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is an independent game being produced by Fuelcell Games and artist Michel Gagné.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 76
  2. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. Aug 14, 2011
    96
    It's a well-polished side scrolling adventure in an amazing world, filled with wonderfully weird environments and creatures.
  2. Sep 23, 2011
    85
    Although you might not get much else out of the game once it has been completed, the journey there is fun and at times a challenging one.
  3. Aug 1, 2011
    80
    And while some nagging design annoyances and control issues permeate the game, its incredible, whacked-out art style does a lot to carry the experience.
  4. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    A good exploratory shooter game pleasing you by its engaging gameplay, stylish art and specific atmosphere. If you want to take a breather, you do not want to play anything big and you need to relax – this game is perfect for you.
  5. Aug 19, 2011
    78
    With its well crafted, cleverly designed levels and impressively high production values, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a 'must play'... but like that fanciful Friday night party, such a pity that it's all over too soon.
  6. Sep 12, 2011
    70
    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is an afternoons worth of mildly entertaining exploration and bug blasting, but doesn't leave much of a lasting impression.
  7. Oct 17, 2011
    50
    The fusing of puzzles, Metroidvania and a the film noir aesthics create a very alien, yet familiar world to travel in. It becomes a bit boring in places, but overall the journey is a fascinating one.

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  1. Aug 9, 2011
    10
    I'm surprised at the scores this game is getting from critics. I expected them to be much higher. So far this is the best summer of arcadeI'm surprised at the scores this game is getting from critics. I expected them to be much higher. So far this is the best summer of arcade game released this year. It's a metroid-vania style game, of which there are far to few. The game is absolutely beautiful. The campaign is hard to put down once you pick it up. The controls are exactly what you want them to be. The weapons are all distinct and original. The co-op mode is hard to put down. The only fault I can find with the game are the story cinematics you unlock while collecting artifacts throughout the game. They're so short it feels like the game would be better off without them This fault is so minor though, the rest of the game more than makes up for it. Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2011
    10
    I'm big on casual games. I love Michel Gagne's art. So this is a no-brainer. The art is lush, the animation fluid and the soundtrack engaging.I'm big on casual games. I love Michel Gagne's art. So this is a no-brainer. The art is lush, the animation fluid and the soundtrack engaging. The gameplay is nothing short of enjoyable. Easy to understand without endless instruction screens or help menus. Simple, clean and FUN. I highly recommend this! Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2011
    10
    This game feels like shadow complex, but with a flying saucer strapped with deadly weapons; so I loved it. giant map to explore with markersThis game feels like shadow complex, but with a flying saucer strapped with deadly weapons; so I loved it. giant map to explore with markers set for upgrades/hidden movies/concept art/new weaponsuseful gagets. If Limbo and shadow complex had a baby it would be named Insanely twisted shadow planet. Each section of the innerplanetary body/map has cool and challenging bosses, and enemies feel strangely lifelike. The game is a download for 15 bucks and that is a deal for a game like this. it's a thinker sometimes as well, so have fun. Expand
  4. Aug 31, 2011
    9
    Excellent game to pickup and play, challenging without being frustrating (mostly). Clever tools, and a simple but fun story. Metroid styleExcellent game to pickup and play, challenging without being frustrating (mostly). Clever tools, and a simple but fun story. Metroid style gameplay with an element of Geometry Wars, it blends nicely. The quick select menu for the top four used tools is helpful, but a bit hard to navigate at first. Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2011
    9
    ITSP campaign looks fantastic but If want something to play with your friends, this is what you are looking for. Lantern Run is a fast pacedITSP campaign looks fantastic but If want something to play with your friends, this is what you are looking for. Lantern Run is a fast paced shoot em up that keeps the player saying, "One more time!" This game will keep me satisfied for this summer of arcage. Expand
  6. Aug 11, 2011
    9
    This game is great !!!
    The way you control de ship independently from the weapon in very similar to "geometry wars".
    The way you unlock places
    This game is great !!!
    The way you control de ship independently from the weapon in very similar to "geometry wars".
    The way you unlock places on the same map and defeat bosses at the end of each map sector is similar to "the legend of zelda".
    All of that is very good.
    Multiplayer gameplay (lantern run) is also very enjoyable, but there should be many more multiplayer modes, not only that lantern run.
    Game is a very enjoyable game
    but it's too short.
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  7. Aug 22, 2014
    7
    One of the games I was really pumped to play during that Summer of Arcade or whatever it was, it ultimately didn't quite live up to the hype.One of the games I was really pumped to play during that Summer of Arcade or whatever it was, it ultimately didn't quite live up to the hype. It looked great, but the Metroidvania I was promised was a little lackluster. It was a bit on the short side as well. Overall it was enjoyable, though. Expand

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