Conclusion: Insanely Twisted? Maybe not, but it's definitely entertaining enough to be worthy of the name Ultimately Excellent Shadow Planet: a fantastic adventure for anyone enticed by the thrill of exploration.
Excerpt: I'll be honest, when I first started playing Insanely Twisted: Shadow Planet , I just plain didn't get it. Yeah, it looked cool, but what's the point? Then, I just relaxed and let the game show itself to me, and the results were much different than I expected.
Conclusion: As a downloadable title, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet does very little wrong. It’s thoroughly playable and offers a few puzzles and boss battles to keep you on your toes, all whilst keeping the formula of Metroidvania intact. Sadly, it also rarely impresses, finding itself condemned to walk the ho-hum middle ground where it can be charitably described as ‘nice’ and critically labelled ‘derivative and forgettable’.
Summary: Managing to overcome several modest flaws, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet stands out as a good addition to the Metroidvania genre. It may not be better than its peers, but it’s as good as them and easily justifies a purchase.
Excerpt: Animator Michel Gagné has a cosmic bent, as anyone who’s seen his “Prelude To Eden” short can attest, but he’s also a genius at crafting things that slither, skulk, and slink. Those two specialties combine in Fuelcell Games’ debut, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet , a beautifully rendered exploratory shooter that splices Tim Burton creepiness into the little-loved genre of NES’ Solar Jetman .