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.
DescriptionUPDATE 2013 - RETINA DISPLAYED - UPDATE 2013 - FULL HD
"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)
When idols die - legends are born!
More than 25 years ago Armin Gessert developed with GIANA SISTERS one of the first Jump'n Run games for the Commodore 64. The console manufacturers got anxious and tried to stop the sisters. The end seemed close. But they failed and GIANA SISTERS with packaging has become a rare collector's item.
The legend is back, better and bigger than ever before. To use the potential of current devices we improved the graphics and controls. Today the game captivates through its full HD graphic and a new userfriendly menustructure.
The game offers everything a real Jump'n Run game needs. Perfectly balanced for hours of fun on all current iOS devices.
Freed from the dust of decades, GIANA SISTERS always retains its cherished style, familiar features and the legendary original soundtrack in a fresh revision. By then the polished 32 fully restored classic levels will cause teary eyes to many fans of the original version!
Today the sisters celebrate their jump on the hitlists of the gaming world. Including a lot of new adventures, retro feeling and modern design:
- 80 completely new adventures
- 32 retro level
- superbright Full HD graphic
- 5 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
- legendary soundtrack, inspired by Chris Huelsbeck
- freely selectable controls
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We love to play Giana Sisters as well and we act on the principle: “Bug reported. Bug fixed.”
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Your Kaasa team!