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Microsoft Studios Twisted Pixel Bundle!
Microsoft Studios Twisted Pixel Bundle!
Published: 2013/04/12
Channel: Microsoft Studios
Wilson
Wilson's Heart The Best VR Game Of 2017? (Twisted Pixel) Part 1
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: Gambino
Lococycle Developer Twisted Pixel Is an Indie Studio Again - IGN News
Lococycle Developer Twisted Pixel Is an Indie Studio Again - IGN News
Published: 2015/09/30
Channel: IGN News
Comic Jumper e3 2010 Build : Twisted Pixel
Comic Jumper e3 2010 Build : Twisted Pixel
Published: 2016/01/15
Channel: PtoPOnline
Twisted Pixel Going Indie Is Good for Everyone - Podcast Unlocked
Twisted Pixel Going Indie Is Good for Everyone - Podcast Unlocked
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: IGN
Wilson
Wilson's Heart (Twisted Pixel) Launch Trailer - Oculus Rift with Touch
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: UploadVR
Lisa Foiles and Twisted Pixel Games (Part 1) - SGC 2013 Main Stage
Lisa Foiles and Twisted Pixel Games (Part 1) - SGC 2013 Main Stage
Published: 2013/07/02
Channel: ScrewAttack!
Twisted Pixel Pulls a Bungie - Unlocked 214
Twisted Pixel Pulls a Bungie - Unlocked 214
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: IGN
VGHL: SXSW
VGHL: SXSW '10 Twisted Pixel Games
Published: 2010/03/31
Channel: VideoGameHourLive
Lisa Foiles and Twisted Pixel Games (Part 2) - SGC 2013 Main Stage
Lisa Foiles and Twisted Pixel Games (Part 2) - SGC 2013 Main Stage
Published: 2013/07/02
Channel: ScrewAttack!
Lisa Foiles and Twisted Pixel Games (Part 4) - SGC 2013 Main Stage
Lisa Foiles and Twisted Pixel Games (Part 4) - SGC 2013 Main Stage
Published: 2013/07/02
Channel: ScrewAttack!
Lisa Foiles and Twisted Pixel Games (Part 3) - SGC 2013 Main Stage
Lisa Foiles and Twisted Pixel Games (Part 3) - SGC 2013 Main Stage
Published: 2013/06/30
Channel: ScrewAttack!
Wilson
Wilson's Heart (Twisted Pixel) Review - Oculus Rift with Touch
Published: 2017/04/25
Channel: UploadVR
Wilson
Wilson's Heart 45 Minutes of Gameplay (Twisted Pixel) - Rift
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: UploadVR
Quicksilv3r Kicks It With Twisted Pixel Games
Quicksilv3r Kicks It With Twisted Pixel Games
Published: 2011/03/29
Channel: BeantownGamer
Twisted Pixel bundle, Everybody doesnt vote, Rayman Legends bonus content  Hard News 04/12/13
Twisted Pixel bundle, Everybody doesnt vote, Rayman Legends bonus content Hard News 04/12/13
Published: 2013/04/13
Channel: ScrewAttack!
Qwicksilv3r Interviews Jay Stuckwisch (Twisted Pixel Games)
Qwicksilv3r Interviews Jay Stuckwisch (Twisted Pixel Games)
Published: 2013/04/01
Channel: Structure Gaming
Wilson
Wilson's Heart Part 4 The Best VR Game Of 2017? (Twisted Pixel)
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: Gambino
Wilson
Wilson's Heart Part 3 The Best VR Game Of 2017? (Twisted Pixel)
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: Gambino
3yr old reviews The Maw game by Twisted Pixel
3yr old reviews The Maw game by Twisted Pixel
Published: 2010/04/13
Channel: MacroGeek
Twisted Pixel
Twisted Pixel's Beard Engine Intro
Published: 2012/07/04
Channel: ALS-Pacman
Official Lococycle Announce Trailer
Official Lococycle Announce Trailer
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: twistedpixelgames
Interview With Twisted Pixel Games (PAX East 2011)
Interview With Twisted Pixel Games (PAX East 2011)
Published: 2011/04/14
Channel: Quicksilv3rOfficial
Twisted Pixel reveal brand new game for Kinect, "The Gunstringer"
Twisted Pixel reveal brand new game for Kinect, "The Gunstringer"
Published: 2011/02/02
Channel: newbreview
Wilson
Wilson's Heart Part 2 The Best VR Game Of 2017? (Twisted Pixel)
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: Gambino
Twisted Pixel Matchmaking
Twisted Pixel Matchmaking
Published: 2010/09/29
Channel: BatteryAcidVideos
Comic Jumper Hands-on by the CEO of Twisted Pixel
Comic Jumper Hands-on by the CEO of Twisted Pixel
Published: 2010/04/02
Channel: BrainLazyVideos
E3 2011 GameSpot Stage Shows - Gunstringer - Twisted Pixel
E3 2011 GameSpot Stage Shows - Gunstringer - Twisted Pixel
Published: 2011/06/09
Channel: GameSpot
Wilson
Wilson's Heart VR Walkthrough/Game Play P1 (Oculus Touch)
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: Kara Jade
Twisted Pixel Thanks for the Rudy
Twisted Pixel Thanks for the Rudy's!
Published: 2011/01/08
Channel: Daniel Smith
Wilson
Wilson's Heart - Is it worth it now? (Oculus Rift VR HTC Vive Review Video ) - Twisted Pixel Games
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: F4CEpa1m x_0
PAX East 2012 - Twisted Pixel
PAX East 2012 - Twisted Pixel
Published: 2012/04/13
Channel: n00btubealert
PAX Prime - Twisted Pixel Booth
PAX Prime - Twisted Pixel Booth
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: Mad Catz
Game Of The Month:  September Ms. Splosion Man (Twisted Pixel)
Game Of The Month: September Ms. Splosion Man (Twisted Pixel)
Published: 2011/08/29
Channel: Structure Gaming
GameEnthus at Pax East: Twisted Pixel
GameEnthus at Pax East: Twisted Pixel's LocoCycle
Published: 2013/03/25
Channel: GameEnthus
(WARNING) THIS GAME IS TWISTED. // Stray Cat Crossing // Part 1
(WARNING) THIS GAME IS TWISTED. // Stray Cat Crossing // Part 1
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: PewDiePie
LocoCycle Preview Interview With Twisted Pixel Developer Jay Stuckwisch - Gamerhubtv
LocoCycle Preview Interview With Twisted Pixel Developer Jay Stuckwisch - Gamerhubtv
Published: 2013/04/26
Channel: GamerHubTV
Twisted Pixel: Powered by BEARDoscope
Twisted Pixel: Powered by BEARDoscope
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: CloudLXXXV
Ditto talks to Tony Goodwin of Twisted Pixel about LocoCycle and gets a game demo!
Ditto talks to Tony Goodwin of Twisted Pixel about LocoCycle and gets a game demo!
Published: 2013/03/28
Channel: Ditto Wizard
PAX East 2013 Twisted Pixel Shows Off Loco Cycle
PAX East 2013 Twisted Pixel Shows Off Loco Cycle
Published: 2013/03/27
Channel: 2ndOpinionPro
Interview with Twisted Pixel
Interview with Twisted Pixel
Published: 2012/07/08
Channel: ombgpodcast
Twisted Pixel CEO Michael Wilford Talks Splosion Man at Game On 2010
Twisted Pixel CEO Michael Wilford Talks Splosion Man at Game On 2010
Published: 2011/05/29
Channel: gerrenlaquint
Interview with Twisted Pixel
Interview with Twisted Pixel's Jay Stuckwisch at PAX East 2012
Published: 2012/04/13
Channel: The Married Gamers
Twisted Pixel Panel - Part 2 (PAX East 2011)
Twisted Pixel Panel - Part 2 (PAX East 2011)
Published: 2011/03/17
Channel: TheMediaCows
Comic Jumper - Interview with CEO Michael Wilford (CEO of Twisted Pixel)
Comic Jumper - Interview with CEO Michael Wilford (CEO of Twisted Pixel)
Published: 2010/04/03
Channel: BrainLazyVideos
Ms. Splosion Man - Twisted Pixel Hoodie
Ms. Splosion Man - Twisted Pixel Hoodie
Published: 2011/07/31
Channel: AvatarAwards
PAX East 2010: Twisted Pixel (Comic Jumper)
PAX East 2010: Twisted Pixel (Comic Jumper)
Published: 2010/06/12
Channel: ThirdRateMinion
Twisted Pixel Panel - Part 1 (PAX East 2011)
Twisted Pixel Panel - Part 1 (PAX East 2011)
Published: 2011/03/17
Channel: TheMediaCows
Mikes question for Twisted Pixel
Mikes question for Twisted Pixel
Published: 2011/03/14
Channel: testorgguy
Golgotron Interviews Twisted Pixel
Golgotron Interviews Twisted Pixel
Published: 2011/03/22
Channel: mrpharisee
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Twisted Pixel Games
Independent
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Founded 2006
Headquarters Austin, Texas, United States
Key people
Josh Bear, CCO
Bill Muehl, CEO
Frank Wilson, CTO
Products The Maw
'Splosion Man
Comic Jumper
Ms. Splosion Man
The Gunstringer
LocoCycle
Wilson's Heart
Number of employees
30
Parent Independent (2006-2011; 2015–present)
Microsoft Studios (2011-2015)
Website http://www.twistedpixelgames.com/

Twisted Pixel Games is a video game developer based in Austin, Texas, USA. Originally a contractor, Twisted Pixel releases games based on its own intellectual properties such as The Maw and 'Splosion Man. The company uses its own proprietary engine, known as Beard, to power its games. On October 12, 2011, it was announced that Twisted Pixel had become part of Microsoft Studios. However, Twisted Pixel was separated from Microsoft and became an independent company again from September 30, 2015.

History[edit]

Twisted Pixel Games was founded in 2006 by industry veterans Michael Wilford, Frank Wilson and Josh Bear.[1] The company first performed contract work for the now-defunct Midway Games, providing engineering work for NBA Ballers: Chosen One and Blitz: The League II. In 2008, Twisted Pixel announced that its focus had changed to digitally distributed games based on its own new intellectual properties.[1] In 2008, the company moved from Madison, Indiana, to its current location in Austin. According to the CEO Michael Wilford, the move was to "tap into a broader talent pool."[2]

Initially, Twisted Pixel targeted WiiWare as its service of choice. Speaking of the 2005 planned state of the service, Wilford said, "Back then, WiiWare was planned to be more like Xbox Live Arcade."[3] He noted the original plans for the service would require companies to submit games to Nintendo for approval, similar to the submission process Microsoft uses for Xbox Live Arcade. Early discussions with Microsoft were not positive, but Wilford stated that Nintendo was eager to work with them. "Twisted Pixel was the first company to get a green light for WiiWare."[3] Nintendo later changed its WiiWare model to one that required no submission process. Twisted Pixel opted not to use the service and continued talks with Microsoft. In 2007, Wilford met with David Every, the portfolio planner for Xbox Live Arcade at that time. Twisted Pixel pitched multiple games, including The Maw, which became its first Xbox Live Arcade title.[3]

Released on January 21, 2009, The Maw tells the story of the extraterrestrial Frank and a purple, amorphous creature called The Maw, who have crash-landed their spacecraft on an alien planet.[4] Its second title, 'Splosion Man, is a platform game where players control an escaped science experiment with the ability to explode himself repeatedly.[5] It was released on July 22, 2009. Twisted Pixel's third title, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley was released on October 6, 2010. Players control Captain Smiley, a comic book hero whose comics are poorly received. Seeking help from Twisted Pixel themselves he "jumps" in other comics, hoping to glean from each genre's popularity.[6] On December 3, 2010, Twisted Pixel announced Ms. Splosion Man, a sequel to 2009's 'Splosion Man.[7] It was released on July 13, 2011.

On February 1, 2011, the company revealed its fifth original game, The Gunstringer, a third person shooter designed for use with the Xbox 360 Kinect peripheral. The game was originally intended to be the first Xbox Live Arcade game to be featured as a Kinect title but instead became a retail release.[8] It is set as a live-action play set in the Old West. The protagonist, killed by his posse, has been resurrected and seeks revenge. Live action sequences for the game were filmed at The Paramount Theatre in Austin where the company is located.[9]

On September 30, 2015, Twisted Pixel Games announced that it had been separated from Microsoft Studios and had become an independent studio again.[10]

Its games have been generally well-received by critics, and collectively have won several awards. The Maw won the 2008 Audience Choice award at PAX10,[11] and was a finalist at the Independent Games Festival 2009.[12] 'Splosion Man was voted by the Xbox Live community as the Best Original Xbox Live Arcade Game of 2009.[13] In a September 2010 ranking, IGN listed it eleventh in its top twenty-five Xbox Live Arcade titles of all time.[14] It also received several Best of E3 awards in 2009.[15] Captain Smiley, the lead character in Comic Jumper, received the Best New Character award from Official Xbox Magazine in 2010.[16]

Controversy[edit]

In January 2011, Capcom released an iOS game entitled MaXplosion, which had several similarities to 'Splosion Man, including the same game mechanics. Speaking on Twitter, the Twisted Pixel programmer Mike Henry believed the game to be "a complete theft". Twisted Pixel's CEO Michael Wilford also pointed out that they once pitched 'Splosion Man to Capcom, but it was rejected.[17] Twisted Pixel does not plan to take legal action against Capcom.[18] Capcom responded to the allegations saying that the game was developed independently by Capcom Mobile, a different division from the one that had discussions with Twisted Pixel, and the game's similarities to 'Splosion Man were a coincidence.[19] Wilford later explained that the pitch to Capcom was presented to the US branch of the company, and that the UK division handles all mobile game development. He stated that it was unlikely that Capcom US passed on the game pitch to Capcom UK.[3]

Technology[edit]

All of Twisted Pixel's games are powered by Beard, a proprietary engine.[20] Content is developed with the company's proprietary Razor editor in conjunction with RAD Game Tools' Granny 3D animation toolset.[21][22] Razor can be adapted to develop in 3D or 2.5D configurations. Games are scripted using Lua, which allows the developers to share code between titles.[21]

Developed games[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Genre
2009 The Maw Xbox 360, Windows Action-adventure
2009 'Splosion Man Xbox 360 Action, Platformer
2010 Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley Xbox 360 Side-scroller, beat 'em up
2011 Ms. Splosion Man Xbox 360, Windows Platformer
2011 The Gunstringer Xbox 360 Third-person shooter, rail shooter
2013 LocoCycle Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows Racing, vehicular combat
2017 Wilson's Heart Oculus Rift Horror, Adventure

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kumar, Mathew (July 9, 2008). "Q&A: Twisted Pixel's Wilford On Being Swallowed By The Maw". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "GameSetInterview: 'The Maw's Deleted Scenes - A Twisted Pixel Approach to DLC'". Game Set Watch. March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Game Informer" (September 2011). The Zen of Twisted Pixel
  4. ^ Whitehead, Dan (January 29, 2009). "The Maw Xbox 360 Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ Sessler, Adam (June 15, 2009). "Splosion Man Hands On Preview". G4TV. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ OXM Staff (October 4, 2010). "Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley". Official Xbox Magazine UK. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ Grant, Christopher (December 3, 2010). "Ms. Splosion Man makes her debut, sploding 'fall of 2011'". Joystiq. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ Navarro, Alex (June 7, 2011). "The Gunstringer Is a Retail Game Now, But Is It Any Good?". Giant Bomb. Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ Fletcher, JC (January 26, 2011). "Twisted Pixel shooting video in Austin for unannounced game". Joystiq. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ Dyer, Mitch (September 30, 2015). "LocoCycle Developer Twisted Pixel Is An Indie Studio Again". IGN. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ Fahey, Mike (September 23, 2008). "The Maw Devours PAX 10 Audience Choice Award". Kotaku. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  12. ^ "The 12th Annual Independent Games Festival: Finalists and Winners". Independent Games Festival. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  13. ^ Hryb, Larry (April 6, 2010). "Xbox LIVE Marketplace release schedule". majornelson.com. Retrieved October 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Top 25 Xbox Live Arcade Games". IGN. September 16, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010. 
  15. ^ Ferry (July 22, 2009). "On Xbox Live Arcade today: Splosion Man". Video Games Blogger. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ "@OXM OfficialXboxMagazine". Official Xbox Magazine. January 13, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2011. Well-deserved! Give the Cap our congrats. RT @mrwilford: Thanks @OXM for voting Captain Smiley as 2010's "Best New Character"! Awesome! 
  17. ^ Ivan, Tom (January 12, 2011). "Splosion Man dev accuses Capcom of 'complete game theft'". Computer and Video Games. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  18. ^ McElroy, Justin (January 13, 2011). "Twisted Pixel CEO: We won't pursue legal action over Capcom's MaXplosion". Joystiq. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ Good, Owen (January 13, 2011). "Capcom 'Saddened' By Plagiarism Allegations". Kotaku. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  20. ^ Gilbert, Ben (December 3, 2010). "Twisted Pixel's Josh Bear on giving Ms. Splosion Man more than just a bow". Joystiq. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  21. ^ a b "Dev Talk-Twisted Pixel Games". Gamer's Mint. February 17, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  22. ^ Alexander, Leigh (July 19, 2010). "Twisted Pixel Uses RAD's Granny 3D In Comic Jumper, BEARD Engine". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 

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