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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Owltimate Edition

Posted by GG Goblin On October - 15 - 2018

Giana Sisters make their way to Switch.

From a Super Mario Bros clone back in the eighties, The Great Giana Sisters made such an impact that in 2013 a sequel was successfully Kickstarted and released on the Wii U. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams evolved the original platforming with cool new ideas, and now the developers Black Forest Games have ported the game over to the Nintendo Switch, along with all of the DLC and a couple of extras, in the Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Owltimate Edition. Insert your own Owl noises.

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Maria, Giana’s sister, has been kidnapped by a dragon, and so it comes down to the young girl Giana to hop into the Dream World and rescue her sister across more than forty levels of platforming goodness. Each of the rather lengthy levels are laden with crystals for the player to collect, and at the end of each world there is a boss fight to be had. It’s all classic platforming goodness as the player runs and jumps their way through the levels.

Except it isn’t, because Giana Sisters has a neat little twist. The thing is, Giana seems to have some kind of split personality, and a simple press of a button will allow the player to switch between these personalities. On the one hand, you have the “cute” Giana, with blond hair and a happy attitude. Press the button and she will switch to “punk” Giana, complete with purple hair and angst. The looks are complimented with different moves in that one Giana can jump and almost float, while the other has a rolling attack. This obviously leads to a lot of trying to work out what to use and where.

Which can be especially tricky because it is not just Giana and her moves that change. Hitting the button to transform from one Giana into the other will also cause a shift in the world, changing between a bright and lush world to a much more dark and menacing one. Even the creatures that Giana will have to fight or avoid change form, from pleasant to dangerous, and the excellent background music will shift tone. Furthermore, the levels themselves will change to account for the change in tone, with platforms moving and the like, making some areas of a level only accessible in one form or the other.

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Even the collectible crystals, of which there are hundreds, fall foul of this world changing, with some crystals coloured to only be collected by one or other of the Gianas. To be honest, the crystal collecting is a little excessive, and players who pride themselves on collecting everything in a game will be hard pressed here, especially as going back into a level will see the player have to re-collect the ones they already found, along with any they missed.

The platforming is nice and smooth, moving at a decent pace without moving into speed running territory. The jumping is precise, and players will find environmental puzzles which they will have to solve to continue, usually using one of the special moves. Sometimes it can be tricky having to swap Gianas in mid jump or in a hurry, but that is just one aspect of the game to master. There is plenty of variety to the levels, with the token underwater levels present and correct, and there is a great sense of verticality. The switching between these two different Gianas and different worlds is a great little mechanic that, despite being seen in other games, feels fresh on the Switch.

Giana Sisters on Switch comes packed with a nice selection of DLC, further adding to the content-filled package, including Rise of the Owlverlord. There are also a variety of different difficulty levels, along with time and score attack modes, to ensure that the player will be coming back for more. Adding to the polish for this definitive edition of the game, the developers have even gone so far as to add in some excellent cut scenes to enhance the story, and some new musical tracks.

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Owltimate Edition really is the ultimate edition of this platforming hero. While the platforming itself may only be average, there are neat little tricks and a level of polish that really raises the game up. And when it comes to value for money, Giana Sisters can’t be faulted. For old school platforming with a creative flair, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Owltimate Edition is a great addition to the Switch library.




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