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GIANA SISTERS: TWISTED DREAMS
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REVIEW
By JAY TEE
30/10/18

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, a crowdfunded success story and total reboot of the Commodore 64 original, is a reasonably enjoyable, but ultimately unremarkable platformer. It’s not like there’s anything glaringly wrong with it, but there’s a pervasive generic feel to the design that unfortunately leaves a bad taste.

The key hook, a dimension hopping mechanic which is tied to traversal and combat, has already been done better in Drinkbox Studios’ Guacamelee! series. The enemy design feels uninspired; most creatures lack distinctive features, and it’s hard to differentiate between them.

Visually, it looks like it was made in a really good level editor. Platforms often float without any integration into the environment. After games like Rayman Legends and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze went to such great lengths to make their world’s feel like they exist beyond just being there for players to visit, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams feels like a step backward.

THE BASICS - Side scrolling platformer with a dimension hopping mechanic.

PLATFORMS - PS4, XB1, PC, and NS

PLAYERS - Offline - 1, Online - 0

CO-OP? MULTIPLAYER? - None.
 
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT - The ‘Owltimate Edition’ for Switch bundles in all previous DLC.

TARPS? - At the bottom of all our reviews, you’ll see a series of absurd looking images (with equally stupid, in joke laden names). These are the TARP badges, which represent our ‘Totally Accurate Rating Platform’. They allow us to identify specific things, recognise positive or negative aspects of a games design, and generally indulge our consistent silliness with some visual tomfoolery.

REVIEWS KEY:

The Look - Art style, graphics, and overall presentation.

The Feel - Mechanics, controls, and learning curve.

The Sound - Music, sound effects, and dialogue.

The Experience - Anecdotes and random thoughts.

You’ll spend a lot of time collecting crystals.

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The WATER WASTE badge is for a game that is a perfect example of wasted potential.

The BOREDOM BAND-AID badge is for a game that has moments of boredom and needs a boredom band-aid.   



2

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a generous package of average content. There are far better side scrolling platformers out there. A missed opportunity.  

*Switch review code provided by Black Forest Games*

TARP BADGES:

JOANNA DARK

There’s a generic, level editor style sheen to the whole package, and even though it runs well, it’s pretty unremarkable.  

BOUNCEY!

The platforming itself is responsive and satisfying, and although wholly unoriginal, the dimension hopping mechanic is neat.  

NAH BRUV…

The music and sound effects are really underwhelming. Not much to say here!

PACKAGE DEAL

There’s a lot of stuff to do, that’s for sure.

THE FINAL SCORE:

REVIEW POLICY:

We use a simple “out of 5” rating criteria for all reviews.

2 out of 5 is OK.

The game might have some half decent ideas, but the execution misses the mark and the game falls short.

OUT OF 5

THE BREAKDOWN:

THE LAST WORD:

At least the platforming is responsive and satisfying. The controls feel immediately familiar, and as the challenge begins to ramp up, you’ll find yourself thanking your lucky stars that things haven’t been needlessly complicated. The drip feed of new ideas and obstacles has a nice rhythm, making the pace of the game all the better for it.

But I can’t help thinking that there’s a tremendous amount of wasted potential here. The lack of local co-op is very disappointing, and although the Switch re-release packs in all previous single player expansions, it would have been nice to see multiplayer being supported. The level design seems intrinsically built for it, but alas, is nowhere to be seen.