November 7th, 2012Back in July of this year Black Forest Games started a Kickstarter campaign to create Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams; a sequel to the 1987 game The Great Giana Sisters. The original sisters were basically a clone of the Super Mario Bros. And were consequently pulled from shelves. Thanks to the 6,149 backers, the sisters are back.
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The Great Giana Sisters is a 2D side-scrolling platform arcade game like Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Play The Great Giana Sisters online! The Great Giana Sisters game description. After a long and deep sleep, Giana finds herself in a mysterious and evil dreamworld where everything is strange and different. Play The Great Giana Sisters game online (Flash game) A fun C64 platform game from 1987 converted to flash. This is a remake of the classic Commodore 64 2D side-scrolling platformer that was very similar to Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. The Player controls the girl Giana through a strange world with the objective to collect dream crystals.
As the story goes, the sisters go to their dream world to play; but this time Maria gets eaten by a dragon. Giana must now save her sister on her own, however, she has two sides.Giana has a cute and a punk side. The cute Giana’s dreams are full of spooky monsters, demons, and is generally very grim looking. Even though she sees everything in a dark way she is still light hearted. This gives her the ability to do spinning jumps, which give her more hang time or just help slow her fall. The punk Giana sees things in the opposite light.
Her dreams are full of fluffy animals and smiling suns. She is able to break through rocks and do wall jumps.As you go through levels you will find and collect gems. Most gems are blue which can be collected by either Giana. However the yellow gems can only be collected by the cute Giana and the red ones are for the punk Giana. So in order to get all the gems you must switch between the two Gianas.
Keeping in mind when you change characters the whole world changes. So a ledge you are standing on might disappear or an open space might become full of thorns. There are also hidden large blue gems which unlock pictures in the games gallery.All in all this is a typical platformer, with the added challenge of switching between two characters to make it through levels. For example, there is one area where the only way to go is up, but you have to switch back and forth between the two Gianas in order to use all the platforms and get to the top. The controls to move are just the directionally keys or the direction pad if you are using a controller. The directional controls work great for both the keyboard and controller. As for the controls for switching characters using the special abilities, the controller is the way to go.
With the keyboard controls I just keep hitting the wrong buttons. I think the problem lies in the buttons are too close together. Yes you can remap the keyboard buttons, but the controller has a perfect layout.What really makes this game are the graphics and the music.
I was shocked at just how good the graphics are for this game. The colors are so vibrate and the images are so sharp.
It seems like a lot of platformers these days are keeping visuals simple with 2D cartoon like graphics. Even thought the gameplay is only in 2D it feels like you could run into the background.As for the music, I just loved it. It has an old school 8-bit feel to it, but still has a very modern sound too. It’s also great how the tone of the music changes with which version of Giana you are. After all, a punk girl doesn’t typically listen to the same music as a cute girl.Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a great example of just how good the Kickstarter program is.
This is the best platformer I have played all year. All too often graphics and music are forgotten about in this style of games, but Black Forest Games nailed it.
The Great Giana Sisters Review by: - 6.1/10 Great Giana Sisters Review Overall - 6.1 Throughout history, there have been many great games, such as Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, and many more. Of course, developers eventually play these games, and sometimes make their own version of the game. Duludubi Star, Kid Kool, Hydlide, Block Factory, and this game for Commodore 64, Great Giana Sisters. Tell me, what does this sound like? A synonym for Super, a five letter name, and a word relating to two siblings of the same gender.
Yeah, it's a Super Mario Bros. Graphics - 4 The graphics aren't very good. Sure, it's the Commodore 64, but there's a version of this on Amiga that has far superior graphics. The owls look like Goombas, Giana's hair looks really messy, and the colors are overall boring and not interesting to look at. At least things like the bushes look nice. It doesn't even change when you go underground, which makes it look depressing and bright at the same time. This would be a nice time to point out I can't decipher what any of the enemies look like besides the owls.
I see this eyeball creature, a two-mouthed caterpillar, shells with eyes, and a wasp. Overall, they could of made the graphics better. Sound - 8 The music for this game is one of the best Commodore 64 soundtracks I've ever heard.
I played a hack of this two years ago, and when playing this game I remembered it perfectly. Everyone always praises the title screen music, but personally, I like the main level theme the best. There's not too much too say besides I'm disappointed that there's no song exlucsive to underground levels.
Addictiveness - 7 For some reason, this game is strangely addicting, and when I first found the game, I played it quite a bit. It's not comparable to Super Mario Bros, but it just seems like the game fascinates you to the point of hypnosis, and then you just find yourself playing it every day for a while. The boxart makes you either go through nostalgia, or get you mad enough to point out every fault of this game. I don't even know I played this as much as I did, it's just.
It's addicting. Story - BLANK To my knowledge, this game does not have a story, but the goal of the game is to find a giant crystal, and wake yourself up. Depth - 6 The game has 33 levels, but the levels sometimes copy Super Mario Bros directly, the levels seem uninspired, and the game's ending, some simple text telling Giana to wake up, isn't worth the trouble it takes to beat this game. However, unlike Mario, the game has several modes of transportation other than Warp Pipes, such as doors, elevators, and holes in the ground. Brich Blocks also now contain rocks, on top of being empty, and coins. Speaking of coins, we're collecting diamonds now, and, taking example from Mario again, you can get an extra life from 100 diamonds. Now, I'm not saying all games that do that are rip-offs of Mario, but with this game, it might be with mentioning.
Difficulty - 5 The game isn't extremely hard, but a decent challenge can be found here. Part of the challenge is pressing up to jump. How annoying could it get? Why not Alt, Ctrl, or some other button that could of worked much better? The game can have tricky jumps, and the later levels (such as Stage 31, where you have falling platforms everywhere) make the difficulty much higher, and, once again, it's not exactly worth it for the ending.
Conclusion Although the game is a complete rip-off of Super Mario Bros, it can still be a fun and reasonably challenging platformer. If you can deal with the odd controls, and bear the semi-bad graphics, and think of it from it's excellent soundtrack, you have an alright game in the Commodore 64 library, and Mario fans may want too see exactly what Time Warp Productions has done with Nintendo's great platforming series. Graphics 4 Sound 8 Addictive 7 Depth 6 Difficulty 5.