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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

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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 This barrier is used to destroy the chasing ghosts.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Windows Cute Giana's twirl
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Windows Christmas 2013 bonus level
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Windows What a big gem! It counts as 10 gems and unlocks a picture in the gallery.

Alternate Titles

  • "Project Giana" -- Working title

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The Press Says Windows Oct 24, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Tech-Gaming Windows Nov 06, 2012 B+ 83 Windows Oct 23, 2012 8.2 out of 10 82 Windows Oct 25, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Dec 12, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Windows Nov 16, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Retro Spirit Games Windows Nov 08, 2012 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Gamereactor (Sweden) Windows Oct 23, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Retro Spirit Games Xbox 360 Nov 08, 2012 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70 Windows Nov 22, 2012 6 out of 10 60


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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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