Giana Sisters Review
- A classic from gaming history revisited.
- Lots of content and challenging levels.
- Game flow is can be interrupted by old school "cheap death" level design.
This is a classic from the vaults of gaming history revisited for touch devices and while not the best platformer available it does have a genuine pedigree to live up to.
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After the market crash for games in the early 80s, the rest of the decade was dominated by the rise of Nintendo and 8-bit gaming. Super Mario Bros clones were common, but none went so far as The Great Giana Sisters in 1987 who had to pull their game from the shelves, but all is not dead for the Giana Sisters as Armin Gessert and Bad Monkee resurrect their franchise for the App Store.
Giana Sisters is a basic platformer and uses four basic virtual buttons to move left and right, jump and shoot fireballs. A more innovative version of the controls places the direction buttons at each side of the screen and turns the unused movement button into your jump button. Responsiveness is a concern for the controls with the virtual pad refusing to accept quick or multiple button presses at inconvenient times. It's also far too easy to collide with the environment which kills the momentum of your jump and drops you to your demise.
The game is luscious with updated 2D graphics that represent the artwork from the original Amiga version of the game in high detail. The basic similarities to Super Mario Bros are still evident, but there's enough here to enjoy on its own. Interestingly the game uses sounds that are barely updated from the original version and the music requires an eclectic palette to enjoy.
Action and platform fans will enjoy the significant amount of content in Giana Sisters, including the classic mode, but with so many basic flaws it's not a game for everyone.
DescriptionThe legend lives !
#1 Game in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Norway
#2 Game in Finland and Denmark
#3 Game in Sweden, Switzerland and Italy
"It draws its strength from its unashamed inspiration, offering a tight, fully-featured and excellently crafted platformer that really raises the bar for the AppStore"(toucharcade.com)
"Giana Sisters is definitely a worthy addition to your game library.... Giana Sisters is among the best platform games for the iPhone" (touchgen.com)
"We've thoroughly enjoyed what we've played so far of Armin Gessert's Giana Sisters. There's something special about a great 80's platformer, and this one seems to get all the elements just right." (toucharcade.com)
More than 20 years ago Armin Gessert developed with GIANA SISTERS one of the first Jump'n'Run games for the Commodore C64 - the console manufacturers got anxious - one of them tried to stop the sisters and the end seemed close. But you might say when idols die then legends are born ! As in this case. C64, Amiga, Amstrad and Atari ST Gamer honor GIANA SISTERS and an original game with packaging has become a rare collector's item.
The legend is back, better and bigger than ever before. Four years after the successful mobile phone version the GIANA SISTERS celebrate their arrival in the new millennium without loosing their 80s charm. Especially designed for the possibilities and functions of the iPhone / iPod GIANA SISTERS captivates through its completely new graphic especially for this version.
The newly polished 32 classic levels from the old days should result in hear palpitation and teary-eyes for real enthusiasts. Even though GIANA SISTERS has been polished off from its decade old dust, now it goes strong with the known style, legendary sound and all classic features.
GIANA SISTERS provides you with fun for your iPhone and iPod that lasts for hours !
- 80 new levels
- 32 retro levels
- completely new graphic set especially for iOS devices
- 2 controls (touch and classic)
- iPod connection - play your own music while you play GIANA SISTERS
- 5 languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Italian
- legendary soundtrack, inspired by Chris Huelsbeck
- Online community tools
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