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The Great Giana Sisters

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Commodore 64
Atari ST
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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.


The Great Giana Sisters Atari ST Enemy ahead
The Great Giana Sisters Commodore 64 Some enemies can't be destroyed
The Great Giana Sisters Commodore 64 The "homing shot" comes in handy in this stage
The Great Giana Sisters Commodore 64 A darker level

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User Reviews

The game Nintendo doesn't want you to play. Amiga *Katakis* (37818)
Great sound, but not much after that Commodore 64 Scott G (731)

The Press Says

Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Oct, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Amiga User International Amiga Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 79 out of 100 79
ST Action Atari ST Sep, 1988 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Oct, 1988 75 out of 100 75
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1992 66 out of 100 66


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


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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