When comparing Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet vs Dead Cells, the Slant community recommends Dead Cells for most people. In the question“What are the best metroidvania games for the PC?” Dead Cells is ranked 4th while Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is ranked 13th.
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Pro Excellent sound design and aesthetic create an immersive, unique world
Normal play has eerie sound effects that make way for wonderful orchestral scores during cut scenes. The overall design of the sound for this game is well thought out.
Pro Minimal story that lets the player get to the meat of the game
There is an intro to the game that sets up the story and from there not much in the way of continuing this though cutscenes. It is up to the player to fill in the blanks with their imagination which lets one get to the gameplay with little interruptions.
Pro 4 player local and online co-op modes
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet features a four player online and local co-op mode.
Pro Beautiful pixelart graphics
Pro Brilliant game design
All the little details come together to make Dead Cells incredibly rewarding to play with very little frustration. You die a lot, but you're constantly permanently progressing as well. Also every level is procedural generated, so even when you die and have to restart it feels unique and different every time.
Pro Satisfying combat
The hits are impactful, the controls are super-responsive, and it's overall very fluid.
Pro Combat has a good amount of depth to it
The game has a good variety of weapons, skills and enemies that all change how the game plays out. Some weapons work best if the enemy is bleeding, some skills hurl enemies at you, some enemies are immune to attacks from the front. Which items you find and decide to keep will change what approach to combat you need to take.
Pro Presents a good challenge
Making one mistake can mean death, which makes the game challenging but also fun as you learn how to take on certain enemies with different sets of weapons and skills.
Con Boring and repetitive
Only takes a 4 to 5 hours to finish the game.
Con Difficult without a controller
Pretty awkward to play with a keyboard.
Con No real Metroidvania
Not a real metroidvania, just a 2D-Souls Game.
Con Still in early access
Can be a pro, considering how good it is now, knowing that there will be more content is great.
Already worth it for many people, but many early access games have failed, so time will tell.