GIANA SISTERS: TWISTED DREAMS – DIRECTOR’S CUT
Black Forest Games
goes nasty, world goes nice. World goes nasty, world goes nice...
History lesson time! The Great Giana Sisters originally
hit the Commodore 64 back in 1987. While it was a superb platformer,
it was also essentially a complete rip-off of Nintendo’s Super
Mario Bros. It also soon started disappearing from shelves –
and not because people were buying it.
Years later it
resurfaced on, ironically, Nintendo’s DS. Graphics had been changed
to protect the guil- erm, innocent, and the girls had humbled a tad
by losing the 'Great', but it remained a challenging platformer in
the mould of, well, Super Mario Bros.
Come 2012 and
one successful Kickstarter later, the sisters who thumbed their
noses at legalities were back, bringing their Twisted Dreams
along with them. This is that, but tweaked a bit to make it slightly
more accessible, and with a DLC campaign punfully named Rise of
the Owlverlord mixed in.
This return saw beautiful
graphics while still shamelessly borrowing a certain pixelated
plumber’s side-scrolling 2D platformer shtick. You play as one
sister traipsing across quite gorgeous landscapes in hopes of saving
the other sister, who was last seen being swallowed by Bowse- uh, a giant
lizardy, dragony thing.
At least a twist has been added, and
that’s the ability to switch between sweet, flowery
nice world and creepy, weedy nasty world at the stab of a button. As
you progress you’ll flit between worlds like a mad thing to both
collect myriad gems and actually get somewhere other than nowhere.
If you’ve played Super Mario Bros (and who hasn’t? (We
type snobbishly)) then you really will know what to expect here. But
it’s slick. Everything looks gorgeous and the music is fab – but
fuck it can be hard! Even the first boss will keep you busy for a
while before that eventual flash of “Lightbulb!”
imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery then Giana
Sisters is an honest charmer.