Reviews and Problems with Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
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Review: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a splendid fairytale fantasy
23 April 2013
Excerpt: When The Great Giana Sisters first hit the scene back in 1987, it became well known for unabashedly imitating Super Mario Bros. Hell, the game actually crossed over into blatant copycat territory. Now, though, the series has stepped out of the shadow of the brothers Mario, and I dare say that Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a superior experience compared to the latest 2D adventures to star the famous Italian plumbers.
Summary: The only negative I found in the game was how frustratingly difficult it can be at times. Other than that, it is everything a puzzle platformer should be. If all you want is some mindless game to kill time then I would suggest you skip this one. However, if your love for gaming includes titles like: Commander Keen, Super Mario Brothers, Sonic the Hedgehog or Donkey Kong Country then this game is well worth the $15.
Conclusion: Final Verdict : A very pretty game with neat ideas overshadowed by aggravating gameplay and poor design decision. With shoddy hit detection, sparse checkpoints, and stupid artificial gating, this is a game only for those willing to rage through the challenges. Fixing two of those three issues would improve the game immensely, but for now it just feels like missed potential.
Conclusion: The Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams raised over $186,000 during its Kickstarter campaign. Looking at the quality of the end product, I am tempted to call it a Kickstarter Success Story. The game definitely honors the source material and, presumably, the six thousand fans who donated to see it made. More importantly, it shows that games like this don’t need big publishers or millions of dollars to be a whole lot of fun.
Conclusion: Much as I make fun of the clear Mario-roots that Giana Sisters grew from, there has been a clear departure and evolution since its clone days. The level design is top notch, and manages to layer both speed and exploration based gameplay in equal parts. The high difficulty and slippery platforming were a stumbling point for me, but overall I was impressed.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Rise of the Owlverlord PC Review
10 November 2013
Excerpt: It was around this period last year that we were introduced to the return of the Giana Sisters, a couple of girls who had originally starred in a Commodore 64 game called The Great Giana Sisters way back in 1987. They had a stint on the Nintendo DS , but were eventually brought to the PC through Steam and other digital stores with a new look, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign ran by the developers, Black Forest Games, which reached a total of $186,158 and...
Excerpt: It should be safe to say that not many gamers have heard of the Giana Sisters , though their story is certainly an interesting one; originally debuting in 1987 on the Commodore 64 , Amiga , MSX2 and other platforms, The Great Giana Sisters was notable for its more-than-coincidental resemblance to Super Mario Bros. , to the point that Nintendo’s legal lawsuits allegedly led to the game’s prompt removal from store shelves.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Review | "The Brothers Are History"
26 October 2012
Conclusion: The Short Version: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a beautiful, innovative and retro-cruel indie gem cunningly disguised as a reboot. An utter joy, if an occasionally frustrating one.
Pros: Enjoyable, tough and responsive platforming, Intricate worlds dynamically 'twist' at the touch of a button, Gorgeous graphics, outstanding double soundtrack
Cons: Can get repetitive, exacerbated by lack of strong story or context, Sparse checkpoint locations will annoy and frustrate (as will the difficulty curve - in a good way), Occasional collision detection issues
TEST. Giana Sisters : Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord
14 October 2013
Summary: "Add-on en standalone" de l'excellent Giana Sisters : Twisted Dreams , Rise of the Owlverlord devrait ravir tout le monde. Ceux qui ont joué à l'original pourront retourner dans tous les sens et sous tous les niveaux de difficulté les six stages et le boss (une chouette géante à la fois pirate et ninja), tout en notant de petites nouveautés dignes d'Ikaruga et une difficulté moins assommante.
Pros: Un platformer au goût rétro, beau et frais., Le prix (4,99€, ou 17,99 en bundle avec l'original)., Excellent point d'entrée (avec tutoriel) pour les nouveaux venus, add-on de qualité avec une super replay value pour les fans., Challenge raisonnable et plus équilibré que l'original.
Cons: 6 niveaux et 1 boss seulement., Des nouveautés timides.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams — Rise of the Owlverlord
7 October 2013
Summary: Разработчики из Black Forest Games в очередной раз подтвердили, что не понаслышке знают, что такое интересный и качественный платформер. Но начинать c Rise of the Owlverlord знакомство с серией не рекомендуется — это скорее вызов тем, кто уже прошел оригинал и жаждет чего-то нового. А недостаток оригинальных идей пока что можно простить — ведь реализация имеющихся снова на высоте.
Pros: очень привлекательная картинка;, отточенный геймплей и дизайн уровней;, не требует установки оригинала;, низкая цена.
Cons: ни одной новой идеи;, неоднозначный подход к музыке;, по-прежнему нет даже элементарной истории.