Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • PvP mode – Strong visuals and setting
Bad
  • Uses some frustrating mechanics to create "difficulty"
8.5

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams follows on from the 1987 platforming title and its 2009 re-imagining with a very modern take on the platform genre. Taking place in a twisted dream world it’s also an incredibly unique and varied title.

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Following a now teenage Giana as she hunts for her abducted sister Maria inside a Dream World where the dragon Gurglewocky has taken her. Centred around a fearful Giana as she makes her transition into her teenage years of self discovery is the main theme of the game. This means you’ll enjoy mechanics centred around transformation and the unlocking of secrets.

Central to this idea of transformation are your primary attacks which need to be mixed appropriately for the surroundings and enemy type. On the one side you’ve got sweet Giana with a deadly twirling jump while on the other punk Giana with a hard hitting dash hammer. The result is a hardcore platform title that has elements of the origins of the genre but also takes it in new directions with impressive visuals and variety.

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This takes place across 3 separate worlds offering nearly two dozen levels within them. Epic boss battles are scattered between these levels each testing the player in different ways while being equally nightmarish. If that isn’t enough for players though they can up the difficultly with either the hardcore or uber hardcore modes (those new to platformers can go the other way and select the easy mode).

The colourful platform title of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams pays homage to the original games of the franchise but the new burst of colour and variety of mechanics helps this classic franchise experience a rebirth.

Summary:

  • A refreshed take on the Giana Sisters game franchise.
  • Impressive game world full of colour and variety.
  • Multiple difficultly levels.
  • Unique bosses split across 3 worlds and 23 levels.
  • Transform between sweet and punk to alter your abilities.

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Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on October 3, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.
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