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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is the successor of the 1987 The Great Giana Sisters and a a sequel to the 2009 re-imagining Giana Sisters DS. Giana and her sister Maria were in bed when a warp gate appeared, in which Maria disappeared. Before the gate closes, Giana jumps through it to rescue her sister. There, she finds herself in a dream world full of foes.

In this side-scroller 2.5d platformer Giana can swim, jump, kill enemies by jumping on their heads or 'twist' the dream, and collect gems to unlock next the levels. When Giana twists, the entire dream world is transformed, changing everything in the surroundings right away and it can be performed at any moment in any level. In the Nightmare world, Cute Giana is peaceful, mocking the nightmare which once frightened her when she was a child, and with peaceful music in the background. Cute Giana can twirl, spin in the air, and fall very slowly. In the fairy dream world Punk Giana is upset and the soundtrack is turned into metal music arrangements. Punk Giana can bash, reach high passages, destroy weak obstacles and kill enemies. Some obstacles are only present in one world, or moving platforms change their direction when Giana twists. At the end of each world there is a boss to beat: Giana has to avoid its attacks and find a way to hit it three times.

There is no life counter. After dying Giana respawns at the last checkpoint. At the end of the level the performance is rated with one to five stars, depending on the percentage of collected gems, number of respawns etc. Stars are used to unlock boss levels and hardcore modes. In the Hardcore mode there are no checkpoints. When dead, the entire level needs to be restarted. In the Über-hardcore mode Giana has only one life. If she dies, the game starts back at the first level.


Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Windows Title screen
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Windows In the third world a bubble is used to fly in any direction.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Windows This dragon is going to eat Maria... guess who's the final boss?
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Windows Amethyst mines... seems dangerous.

Promo Images

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Screenshot
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Avatar
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Screenshot
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "Project Giana" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 28, 2012 87 out of 100 87
Destructoid Windows Mar 11, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Nov 10, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Indie Game Magazine Windows Oct 25, 2012 85 out of 100 85 Windows Oct 30, 2012 80 out of 100 80 Xbox 360 Mar 21, 2013 78 out of 100 78
Gaming Age Windows Dec 03, 2012 B 75
DarkZero Windows Nov 08, 2012 7 out of 10 70 Windows Nov 22, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) Windows Nov 08, 2012 3 out of 6 50


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On August 31, 2012 the game was successfully funded through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. They received $186,158; the original goal was $150,000.


  • Deutscher Entwicklerpreis 2012
    • Best Sound
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2013 – #3 Indie Game of the Year 2012 (Readers' Vote)

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