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    dkirschner's Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (PC)

    [October 2, 2015 11:58:36 PM]
    Enjoyed this one. You play as a little space ship trying to navigate your way through this labyrinthine planet (the titular “insanely twisted shadow planet”) in order to destroy whatever alien parasite thingy has corrupted it. It plays like a twin-stick shooter with a controller, where the right stick aims various types of gadgets. You can map 4 gadgets to the ABXY buttons to select them, and then use them with RT. There was an upgradeable machine gun, a laser beam that can reflect light, a tractor beam, a buzzsaw, a scanner (used to determine which type of gadget works on different objects), a guidable missile, a shield, and a couple others.

    The game itself is relatively simple. You just fly your ship from puzzle to puzzle, killing/avoiding enemies along the way. There were some more challenging parts at the end, and I really liked the final boss battle. Story is practically nonexistent aside from your goal, although there are collectable artifacts that seem to tell pieces of how the alien infested the planet. The clips are literally like 3 seconds long, so it’s not substantial at all. I liked the music, and at the end I realized that one reason is because the theme is an orchestral Dimmu Borgir song.

    I rarely say this, but the game could have been longer. There are like 8 gadgets, and I didn’t feel that they were all fully utilized. For example, the only time I ever used the shield was on the last boss battle, where it was super handy. I rarely used the missile, except for little missile-specific puzzles where you have to guide it through tight spaces to hit a target to open a door. The laser beam was pretty much only used in the level it was introduced to solve some puzzles where you have to reflect light off surfaces. It would have been nice to have like one, giant final level with puzzles that put all the gadgets to use. The final boss sort of did that, which is one reason I liked it so much (hint: laser + shield is amazing here). The boss requires some quick gadget swapping, which you never have to do in the rest of the game.

    Anyway, fun little game, not very long, probably took me 5 or 6 hours.
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    dkirschner's Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Sunday 16 August, 2015

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 16 August, 2015

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Fun little twin-stick shooter/puzzler. Could have been longer and synthesized gadgets at the end.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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