New trailer for “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet”

Everything Michel Gagné does is worth seeing and owning. His latest project is a video game (which we teased back in 2009): Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, the final trailer for which has just been released. Gagné dropped us this note:

“After 5 years of work including the most intense year and a half of my career, ITSP is finally wrapped up and ready for release. Being a fan of classical animation, I think you should really enjoy looking at the game (and playing, if you’re a player). Five years ago, game veteran Joe Olson and I set out the goal of bringing feature quality 2D classical animation to video games. Working with the amazingly dedicated crew at both, Fuelcell Games and Gagne International, I believe we pulled it off!”

Various videos following the evolution of the game, and a bunch of new screen shots, can be found on Gagné’s blog. Here’s the new trailer:


  • http://thatssokraven.livejournal.com/ Kelly Tindall

    Looks fantastic! Reminds me fondly of the aesthetic of LOCO ROCO or LIMBO or PATAPON, but nevertheless lively and original and new. It’s a must-buy for me.

  • Toonio

    A great take on the “World of goo”/organic animation approach to games.

  • TsimoneTseTse

    No narration, just a wonderful oh – so, 90′s superhero score (from Dimmu WHAT?!!!!)and great retro look. I’m not a player, but getting this for my nephew. Congrats

    • cbat628

      You are most certainly not a “player.”

  • Rob

    Gagné’s look and effects never fail to impress me, but his decisions in titles always do.
    I know better than to judge a book by its cover, but if I was being sold a game, sight unseen, titled ‘Insanely Twisted’- anything, I’d have trouble believing it wasn’t created by a 14 year old boy.

  • http://www.kustomonsters.com Craig Clark

    Congrats, very exciting and well done!

  • http://rodtejada.wordpress.com Rod Tejada

    Im a fan of old school side scrollers! I’ll check it out for sure!

  • Dr. Ivo Robotnik

    Man, I am going to have to be awake as fuck to play this.

  • JG

    Best animation I’ve seen in any game, ever.

    Also love the design.

  • http://yipyop.com Mike

    Nice. The closest thing I’ve seen to a game version of Jasper Morello.

  • Alissa

    Ssstylish. Gorgeous design and animation needs to start being more common in video games.

  • Michelle

    The animation is lovely! You’d think after five years they’d have come up with a better title though?

    • The Gee

      While I can’t speak for Mr. Gagne, I’d say no the question.
      The name of the game works as well as the name of the shorts he did some time back.

      Since you bring it up, I’m now really glad it hasn’t changed since he first announced the project.

  • Sardonic Tuba

    I want to play this NOW NOW NOW!!!!

  • http://thisisonlya.blogspot.com robcat2075

    It looks appealing but, I don’t understand the “classical 2D animation” label.

    One of the Don Bluth things is more like what I would have applied that label to.

    • The Gee

      I’m gonna guess it pertains how much of the assets were produced. I don’t know how much of this was done in some 3D rendering program thingie, but I’m sure a lot of it probably was designed/done by hand. But, it’s been years since I checked up on the production at his site.

    • http://www.gagneint.com Michel Gagne

      Hi robcat2075 – Thanks for your comments.

      Althought the game is very stylized, it features a very large amount of hand drawn components, both in the game (water splashes, explosions, alien creatures, electricity, etc) and the cinematics.

      The 10 cinematics used animo as the main software. Animo is the same software that
      was used for The Iron Giant, The Prince of Egypt, Eldorado, etc. There is very little 3D in the cinematics. A large portion was animated on paper and scanned, just like a Don Bluth film. BTW, Bluth Studios is where I gained my animation formation – Don is the best!

  • http://jdweiss.blogspot.com/ Jared D. Weisa

    yea this is just… Patapon, PixelJunk Eden and PixelJunk Shooter combined into one…

  • The Gee

    I tried several times but I’m still not a gamer. So, I can’t speak to that in a lot of ways.

    That said, I do hope the game is successful as can be and that the experience of making it was as smooth as could be.

    If I ever meet Mr. Gagne, I expect to find he’ll have so many feathers in his cap that it will be mistaken for a ceremonial headdress.

    Congrats.
    And, I am now anxious to see what comes out next from that prolific mind…

  • greg m.

    Egad’s Michel, that was beautiful!!!

  • T Kelling

    My favorite style of my favorite artist distilled into a game?

    TAKE ALL MY MONEY

  • Ryan Hayford

    Too bad it’s only xbox..this would actually be an incredible iPad game.

  • Michel Van

    I love this game artwork !

  • Rachel Gitlevich

    For anyone looking out for some other amazing 2D game animation, you should check out the recently released Rayman Origins game. Phenomenal backgrounds and really funny slapstick animation!