Review: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Xbox Live Arcade)

Another link to a review on Gamedot, I’m afraid. This time it’s of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, the 2D metroidvania game released as last week’s Summer of Arcade title. It goes a little something like this:

A world of forms. Undulating, oppressive forests teeming with alien life. Smooth ice caverns, sharp and cold. The ocean depths, all muffled noise and fading light. A broken hub of technology, dark and neon, made of harsh corners and sparks. This is the world of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, a world at once fragmented and whole. Each environment has a distinct character, yet feels a part of a single cohesive entity, united by the encroaching plant life which engulfs much of the planet, and the unique silhouetted graphical style which permeates throughout.

Into this world the player is thrust: not only are they an outsider exploring this strange and dangerous planet, but so too their character, a being whose solar system has just received an uninvited guest in the form of said planet. The stage is set for a game of gradual exploration; of upgrades and hidden areas. There’s a name for this genre: metroidvania. Only, where that suggests a 2D platformer, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet eschews such trappings, taking the form of a twin-stick shooter. Albeit an unusually thoughtful, slow paced one.

And carries on in that way. If you want to know what I thought about it, you can find the full review here.

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