Monday, February 03, 2014

Some Good Reasons Why to Buy Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet from Gamefly Digital

A few months ago, when it was announced that Microsoft would be retiring Game for Windows Live, Joe and I were left with two options: Have our game become obsolete by this coming summer or take it upon ourselves to have GFWL removed and replaced with Steamworks. For us, this was a no-brainer.
By handling the GFWL removal ourselves, we were able to expand the nature of our agreement with Microsoft and be allowed to self-publish our game on services other than Steam and (which Microsoft still handles). Being able to self-publish is exciting as it offers us an opportunity to finally derive some revenue from our game.

The first partnership under our new deal is with GameFly Digital and to celebrate the occasion, we are offering the game at 75% off from Feb 3rd to Feb 16th . If you want to try out ITSP, there is no better time: You'll be supporting us as developers while getting a cool game for a fraction of the price.

And to make the deal even sweeter, you can use codes, FEB20OFF or UKFEB20OFF to save an additional 20%! Click here to buy Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet on Gamefly Digital.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Goes GFWL-Free with New Indie Bundle

Benefits Indie Developers and Charity

Insanely twisted and insanely playable! That neatly summarises the seven stunning Windows® PC games you’ll get in the awesome new Indie Capsule Bundle from Bundle Stars.

Curated by Capsule Computers, the new bundle features some of the best indie games on Steam for just $3.50. The Indie Capsule Bundle delivers an awesome range of titles across action adventure, platform, puzzle and survival horror, including three superb games making their bundle debuts.

Explore unique environments, battle bizarre creatures and solve complex puzzles in the highly acclaimed 2D action adventure Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. Shoot, slash and smash your way in the macabre platformer Blood of the Werewolf. Immerse yourself in an unsettling, haunting world and use your instincts to get out alive in first person survival horror gameSlender: The Arrival. Encounter tricky situations and mind-bending puzzles in the highly original puzzle platformer And Yet it Moves as you master the skills of jumping, running and rotating the world in an extraordinary paper-collage world. Become a suicidal ninja robot in multiplayer action game Plain Sight, invent your own vehicles and tools in crazy puzzle platformer Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time and save your cargo of crazy animals in the over-the-top physics-based indie driving game, Snuggle Truck.


Gamers who buy the Indie Capsule Bundle from Bundle Stars not only save an epic 93%* but also support the Australian Red Cross, with 5% of profits from the bundle going to the charity.

Michel Gagné and Joe Olson, creators of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet said: "We're excited to be part of the Bundle Stars release, and by the same token, to officially announce the removal of Games for Windows Live from Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. With Microsoft announcing the demise of the service earlier this year, we've been itching to make the transition to Steamworks. Now that this is done, we couldn't think of a better way to launch the updated release than to be part of a charity package such as Bundle Stars. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a new lease on life for ITSP and a chance for players to discover the two co-op multi-player modes, Lantern Run and Shadow Hunters."

The Indie Capsule Bundle is available to own now at for just $3.50.

* Promotional savings are based on retail prices charged to customers based in the USA for individual products, and are correct at the time of publishing.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

The Saga of Rex - The Animated Project

I was a bit hesitant about posting this here, since I'm trying to keep this blog focused on Shadow Planet Productions and its game projects. After discussing the matter with Joe, we decided that it would be okay to share this new project of mine on here. Besides, it might at one point become very relevant to this blog—Joe and I are both interested in eventually bringing Rex to a game platform.

So here's the scoop: For the past 11 days, I've been running a Kickstarter Campaign to finance the first four minutes of my proposed Animated Feature Film, The Saga of Rex. Please have a look at the plan I laid out and the cool rewards available. I'm hoping to make a valuable contribution to the art of Classical Animation. I hope you'll be with me on this journey. Visit my Kickstarter page here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Early Unused Boss Prototype

When creating ITSP, a lot of our early prototypes ended up on the cutting floor, as you can see from our 2007 trailer ( This was one of my favorite prototype that got cut, and I wish we could have worked it out in the final game. Although the prototype played very smoothly, the video capture is a bit choppy, but unfortunately, that is all that remains from this.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

ITSP Camera Explained

Both Joe and I wanted to make sure that ITSP would look like people were watching an animated film rather than just playing a game per se. To achieve this, we needed a camera that was not only cinematic and smooth, but one that would also help stage the action and layout in a pleasing and natural fashion.

For this complicated task, we turned to two of our brilliant scripters, Ryan Meyer and Chris Eng. Here's a video of Ryan explaining some of the technical issues he was faced with while accomplishing this difficult assignment.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Prometheus Twitter Contest

Shadow Planet Productions and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet are proud to be included in Xbox's Exclusive Prometheus content alongside some great alien-themed games! To celebrate, we are giving away 20 codes for a free copy of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet on Xbox Live! To enter, follow @ShadowPlanet and retweet the message below:

RT to win a free copy of @ShadowPlanet in honor of the #Xbox @PrometheusMovie Alien-Game promo! Details: #ITSPContest

1 entry per person.  You must retweet before midnight pst June 14th.  The winners will be chosen at random on June 15th.  Employees of @FuelcellGames, Microsoft, and their families are not eligible, sorry :(

Monday, May 14, 2012

Interview @

Check out this recent interview with Joe and I discussing ITSP.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 09, 2012

ITSP Picks up NAVIGaTR Award

Insanely twisted Shadow Planet just picked up a National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Award for Best Original Light Mix Score, which means that this one goes to our sound and original music composer, Andrew Scott! Congrats dude!

Full results here.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet PC Release Date Announced

Official Press Release

Shadow Planet Productions is pleased to announce Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet will finally be unleashed on the PC gaming community. The critically acclaimed game was recently awarded the BAFTA for "Best Debut Game", the Annie Award (animation's highest honor) for "Best Animated Video Game", and has received numerous prizes and nominations from industry media outlets.

Shadow Planet Productions' partners and creators of ITSP, Michel Gagné and Joe Olson are particularly excited about this release as it will not only feature the single player Campaign and multiplayer Lantern Run, but will also include the Shadow Hunters Co-op mode which was released as a separate Game Add-On for the Xbox LIVE Arcade version. Players can play locally or online with their friends to defeat the infectious shadow entity once and for all!

"Seeing ITSP run on PC is a sight to behold", said Gagné, "but what I'm really excited about is to finally have Shadow Hunters as part of the main package. I feel like that Co-op mode didn't get the chance it deserved as a separate Game Add-On, but this time around, I'm confident it will". “ITSP is right at home on today’s powerful gaming PCs”, said Olson, “with increased resolution, improved controls, and two multiplayer modes we truly believe the PC version of ITSP packs in a lot of value.”

In conjunction with the PC release, the Xbox LIVE Arcade version will be discounted to 800 MSP. The Shadow Hunters Game Add-On will continue to be available for 400 MSP, letting Xbox 360 owners complete their Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet experience.

Additionally, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet will be available for pre-sale on Steam for 25% off one week prior to release, beginning April 10th, 2012 and ending April 16th, 2012.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet for PC will be available for purchase on Steam on April 17th, 2012 for $14.99 USD and on Games For Windows LIVE Marketplace for 1200 MSP.

For more information on Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet visit

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Airship Travelogues Episode 016: Rising Shadow

Learn how Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet came to be, why it’s not on Wii and where it’s going to appear next.

Michel Gagné and Joe Olson of Shadow Planet Productions describe how XBLA hit Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet came to be, why it ended up on Xbox instead of Wii and what platform it’s coming to next. Listen to podcast here.