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The Great Giana Sisters (Amiga)

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Description

The Great Giana Sisters is a 2D side-scrolling arcade game like Nintendo's Super Mario Bros.

After a long and deep sleep, Giana finds herself in a mysterious and evil dreamworld where everything is strange and different.
In 32 levels, Giana has to fight against bad monsters, huge spiders and lots of other creatures to find a magic diamond that makes it possible to return to her own world.

Screenshots

The Great Giana Sisters Amiga Fighting a giant spider
The Great Giana Sisters Amiga Title screen
The Great Giana Sisters Amiga It all begins here...
The Great Giana Sisters Amiga Press left for one and right for two player

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User Reviews

The game Nintendo doesn't want you to play. *Katakis* (37818) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de Oct, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Apr, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Amiga User International Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Amiga Joker Oct, 1992 66 out of 100 66

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Amstrad port: Super rare, or never released? 6 thf (155376)
Sep 22, 2011

Trivia

Never released ports

Although the three versions featured here did (briefly) hit the shelves, no Spectrum version did. While one was definitely planned, some within the company claim that nothing was ever done towards it. If this is the case, Crash! magazine have some explaining to do, as not only did they review it, they gave it 90%.

A CPC conversion was also planned and the situation is very similar. At least one magazine reviewed it (Amstrad 100 pour cent), this port is however circulating in unfinished form, apparently leaked.

Problems with Nintendo

The game is almost an exact copy of Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers, with some additions. The play mechanics are almost exactly the same, and graphics are superficially similar. While it is sometimes alleged that Nintendo sued Rainbow Arts and this led to the game being pulled out of the market, developer Armin Gessert stated in an interview (published in a "Classic Gaming" special by German magazine PC Action) that he did not know about any such legal action. It was sufficient that Nintendo got in contact with Rainbow Arts, and let them know their view on the matter before possibly taking more drastic measures. After being taken off the shelves, Giana Sisters was one of the most popular pirated games, though. Many years later, Nintendo took a different, much more relaxed position concerning the Giana Sisters DS game according to Gessert.

UK National Computer Games Championship 1988

¶ The Commodore 64 version was used as competition game in the qualifiers for the computer gaming contest in the UK in 1988. The game was played for high-score.¶

Information also contributed by Martin Smith .

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Christian Klein (5791) added The Great Giana Sisters (Amiga) on Jan 04, 2004
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