You’d be mad not to give this excellent puzzle game a go
In recent years, many games developers have rejected the blockbuster approach in favour of producing smaller titles that rely on personality and playability. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a good example. Made by a tiny development team, this is a 2D game with arty silhouette-like visuals and a firm focus on fun gameplay.
There is not much in the way of a storyline. An evil being infects an alien world and you are tasked with saving the galaxy in a flying saucer that’s fitted with a steadily growing arsenal of handy tools, such as a grab arm, buzz saw, tractor beam and so on. You will uncover new upgrades, solve puzzles and defeat the enemies you encounter along the way.
The game’s puzzles usually require the use of a specific tool in order to advance. You won’t always have the required tool, however, so it may be necessary to come back later when you’ve discovered an upgrade.
The ship’s scanner is the most important tool of all. Point it at something and it will provide you with vital information, such as which tool is required.
There aren’t any real brainteasers here; the majority of the puzzle-solving is of a very gentle nature. However, we did encounter a couple of instances where gameplay suddenly became frustratingly difficult for no discernible reason.
This downloadable title is also relatively short, though this is tempered by its budget price and the fact that it includes additional multiplayer modes.
The star here is the design. Created by Michel Gagné, a digital artist who has worked for Pixar, the stylised cartoon look is at once familiar and unique, and comic and sinister.
It’s not without its frustrations but Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a great example of how a quirky, different approach can result in an enjoyable gaming experience.
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It's not without its frustrations, but Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a great example of how a quirky, different approach can result in an insanely enjoyable gaming experience
Gorgeous visuals; Local and online co-operative multiplayer mode; Cheap
Occasionally frustratingly difficult; Relatively short
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