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- Great Giana sisters, the -

The great giana sisters is quite a controversial game because the similarities to super mario bros is very evident, in fact when the game was released it was only in the stores for one week before a court order recalled the game. Luckily for us one week is long enough for people to buy it and the game has spread since then. The great giana sisters is basically a platform game with each level fairly short but containing plenty of monsters and blocks you can hit with your head to collect a coin and sometimes a powerup.

Giania, and her sister Maria, are very vunerable because one hit by an enemy is enough to send them flying and you'll lose a life. Luckily you can collect a powerup which will turn your hair all wild but this is basically necessary to get the other items. Other powerups include a lightning bolt which allows you to shoot and take out opponents from a distance, without it the only way you can defeat an enemy is to jump on it's head to flatten it. Along the way you can collect coins and if you are able to collect a hundred you will gain one life.

The levels are devided in two categories namely above and under the ground. When you're above ground the levels are fairly straightforward but the underground levels have a more mazelike feel to them. If you are able to get on top of the level you can even run across the level without getting harmed but obviously you'll miss the items. I could not find any warpholes or secrets that mario has but I did not check everywhere so they might be in there.

If you've ever played super mario bros the similarities should be pretty evident to you the moment you see this game and it's no suprise that the sale of the game was halted due to a court order. Luckily for us there were people who bought it and copied and as a result the game was pretty widespread because of all the media attention. Super mario is often seen as the pinnacle of platform games because the game involves skill instead of just luck and as such giana sisters is similar. If you're into platform games this game should be in your collection and other should check it out as well to see some excellent platform action.


Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser




This game was released for four different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
The best graphics and music and overal the best version.
Atari ST Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with Steem v3.2.
Many ST games did not have proper scrolling including this one, instead of scrolling smoothly while you walk the screen jumps forward when you go near the edge of the screen and this makes the game much less playable than the others.
C64 Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
Unfortunately this version has a 'bug' which does not allow you to bounce after you jump on top of an enemy.
DOS Released in 1998.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS and Win2k PC.
This is actually not the original game but it was entered in a competition to create games that are under 32 Kb in size, because of this the game does not have all the features like the powerups and music but a pretty decent version as it stands.

Date added Apr-09-2005 20:21
Name Great Giana sisters, the
Developer Time warp productions
Publisher Rainbow arts
First released 1987
Genre Action
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Download Atari ST, filesize: 194 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 46 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 227 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 30 Kb
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Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available
 

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