GIANA SISTERS: TWISTED DREAMS
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on December 26, 2014
The world isn’t twisted enough as it is, so the team of Black Forest Games developed Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams back in 2013. Now the re-release of Giana Sisters on the PS4 and the XBox One is planned for early2015. Reason enough for us to take a good look at this awesome game! This blistering hardcore platformer really has two sides to its story, and is definitely worth your time!
On a cold Christmas evening the Giana sisters (Sweet Giana and Punk Giana) are playing games up in their room. Then, all of a sudden, a whirling vortex appears out of thin air, sucks the sisters in, and transports them to a strange and dangerous dream world. To survive here the sisters will have to cooperate. But, being sisters, this should not (and indeed does not) present a problem at all! Although they might be different, the sister’s combined powers will get you out of every situation.
This concept is what makes this game fun and challenging at the same time, because to get through a stage, you’ll have to switch back and forth between the two sisters. This means you’ll have to intertwine Sweet Giana's twirling jump attack with Punk Giana's hammering dash attack to survive all the crazy and colorful stages. The beautiful thing is that the environments change when switching from one sister to the other. When playing as Sweet Giana the environments look friendly and cheerful, while in Punk Giana’s world everything is evil and dead. The artfully crafted backdrops look amazing and really bring the stages to life. The artwork is not the only thing that changes when switching sisters, the soundtrack does too! The music is softer and more eerie while playing as Punk Giana. If you switch to Sweet Giana, the music becomes more heavy metal. Personally, I love a good shredding, face melting guitar solo. Each dream layer has its own background music, all composed by Chris Hülsbeck and Machinae Supremacy.
There are a lot of diamonds to collect throughout the game. Sounds easy, right? Well, it can be, but some diamonds are harder to get to than others. Some diamonds can only be picked up when you’re playing as the right sister. Yellow diamonds can only be collected by Sweet Giana while red diamonds can only be collected by Punk Giana. Both sisters can however pick up blue diamonds. When the diamonds are on the ground, they’re pretty easy to collect, just switch to the appropriate the sister and collect your treasure. But some diamonds are suspended in midair. This is where it gets tricky to collect them. You’ll need the Twirling Jump of Sweet Giana to get the yellow diamonds and then switch the environment back to Punk Giana to collect the red diamonds. In the first few stages, this is easily accomplished. But believe me when I say it gets harder as you progress through the game. While playing through the different stages, you’ll sometimes come across huge blue crystals. These crystals unlock artwork, and are usually the hardest to get to, but well worth your trouble.
Another cool feature in Giana sisters is that although this is a platformer, the levels are not rectilinear. You can travel in different directions, even up and down. And if you’re stuck, just change the environment. Sometimes doing so will open new and otherwise hidden ways to explore.
While at GamesCom 2014, we met a few members of the Black Forest Games crew. They were showcasing a game called DieselStörmers, which got us immediately excited about this developer. With Giana Sisters our enthusiasm has grown even more. It looks, sounds and plays absolutely fantastic! What we’ve seen from Black Forest Games so far has really impressed us here at DumeeGamer.com. Great games with a nice sense of humor, awesome features and great soundtracks. We really hope to see more of this great developer in the future! For now, we can assure you that if you like platforming games, you’re gonna love Giana Sisters!
GIANA SISTERS: TWISTED DREAMS
Black Forest Games
October 2013 (PC / PS3 / XBox 360 / Wii U)
Q1 2015 (PS4 / XBox One)