DescriptionThe 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.
Part of the Following Groups
|The game Nintendo doesn't want you to play.||Amiga||*Katakis* (37850)|
|Great sound, but not much after that||Commodore 64||Scott G (729)|
The Press Says
|Zzap!||Commodore 64||Jul, 1988||96 out of 100||96|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Amiga||Jul, 1988||9 out of 10||90|
|Lemon64||Commodore 64||Dec 01, 2001||9 out of 10||90|
|Pixel-Heroes.de||Amiga||Oct, 2003||8 out of 10||80|
|Pixel-Heroes.de||Commodore 64||Oct, 2003||8 out of 10||80|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Amiga||Jul, 1988||78 out of 100||78|
|ST Action||Atari ST||Sep, 1988||77 out of 100||77|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Atari ST||Oct, 1988||75 out of 100||75|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Amiga||Aug, 1988||713 out of 1000||71|
|Top Secret||Commodore 64||Jul, 1992||3 out of 5||60|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|There wasn't an arcade version?||4||Isaac Viana Tapias (2)
Jan 09, 2015
|Amstrad port: Super rare, or never released?||6||formercontrib (158669)
Sep 22, 2011
Never released portsAlthough 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 NintendoThe 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.¶
- Commodore Force
- December 1993 (Issue 13) – #56 “Readers' Top 100”
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