Thursday, October 23, 2014

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Descends Upon Mac and Linux

Shadow Planet Productions is delighted to announce the release of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet for Mac and Linux.

The brainchild of multi-media artist, Michel Gagné, and game veteran, Joe Olson, ITSP is a 2D exploration/shooter/puzzle-solving downloadable game where you control your multi-tooled flying saucer inside an alien world full of mystery, threats and wonder. ITSP was initially published on Xbox Live Arcade in summer 2010. The game enjoyed great reviews, good sales, and even took home a BAFTA and an Annie Award.

Michel Gagné explains how the ports became possible, "In late 2013, when we were told that Games for Windows Live would be retired thus rendering Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet obsolete for the PC, Joe and I saw an opportunity to amend our contract with Microsoft and expand the reach of  our game by being allowed to self-publish. We were able to handle the GFWL removal and replace it with Steamworks for the PC. Next, we ported the game for both, Mac and Linux. We've gotten many requests for a Mac version and today, we're happy to finally deliver."

ITSP is now available for Mac and Linux on Steam, and the Humble Bundle Store.

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