Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a blistering hardcore platformer with contrasting worlds.
User reviews: Very Positive (949 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 22, 2012

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"A solid interpretation of the overlooked cult classic. Music by Machinae Supremacy is the highlight, otherwise just a solid platformer."
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October 9

Giana Sisters Soundtrack Now On Steam!

Hey everyone.

We are happy to tell you guys that the OST has finally been released here on steam, go pick it up here http://store.steampowered.com/app/326370/

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October 6

Loyality Bonus.

As thanks for you guys having supported Black Forest Games, we are sending out a coupon on 66% off on Dieselstormers our new game that is currently in early access, thats right 66% off!

We hope you enjoy our new game as much as you did Giana Sisters and that you have a wonderfull week.

//Your BFG Team.

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Reviews

“The results look absolutely beautiful. It’s a puzzle platformer in which you can control not only the main character, but also the mood of the world you’re in.”
RockPaperShotgun

“Full of vibrant colors and accentuated animations, hearkening back to the days of truly inspired sidescrolling platformers.”
Destructoid

“The sheer amount of detail and work that went into the graphics do indicate to show you the sheer about of love for this fraaahhh-!”
TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit

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About This Game

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a blistering hardcore platformer with contrasting worlds. Warp Giana’s vivid dreams to alter your abilities and destroy the twisted creatures lurking within. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams combines the challenge of retro era platforming with graphics that pack a visual punch and tight controls.


Fluidly morph between two dynamically different dream worlds to solve puzzles and combat grueling enemies. Players will have to intertwine sweet Giana's twirling jump attack with Punk Giana's hammering dash attack to survive the dualling dimensions.

Key Features


  • Powerful Abilities: Change Giana's personality to unlock her unique abilities - you'll need to control both sides to survive her dreams!
  • Intuitive Controls and Smooth Gameplay: Master the tight knit controls to defeat the cunning trials ahead.
  • Visual Punch:Giana’s dreamworlds leap off the screen with gorgeous 3D graphics that morph before your eyes.
  • Twisted Puzzles: As Giana changes, so does the world around her. Collecting gems and finding secret locations requires strategy and interchanging the two worlds.
  • Legendary Soundtrack:Each dream layer has its own music style. Experience a dual crossfading soundtrack by Chris Hülsbeck and Machinae Supremacy!
  • Explore and Discover: There are 23 rich levels across 3 distinct worlds, each transforming into the two contrasting dreamworlds.
  • Epic Boss Battles:Take on gigantic creatures dredged from the depths of Giana’s most terrifying nightmares. Each unique boss has only one thing in common with the others – they’re utterly brutal!
  • Gut-wrenching Hardcore Modes: Hardcore and Über Hardcore modes also await players who are full masters of the game and quite possibly insane.
  • A remixed “easy” mode for all levels and bosses. The remixed mode is a lot easier to survive than its standard mode. The “easy” difficulty for Giana should roughly correspond to the “normal” difficulty for casual platformer games.
  • Extras: Halloween-themed levels accessible from the start.

System Requirements

    Minimum (or Recommended)
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.8 GHz / AMD Athlon II X2 @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 3.3 GB
    • Video Card: SM3.0 DX9.0c level hardware (Nvidia GeForce 6800, ATI X1800 XT or higher)
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Additional: Keyboard
    Recommended
    • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.66 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.0 GHz (or any Dual Core CPU)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 3.3 GB
    • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 280, ATI HD 4800 or higher
    • DirectX®: 10
    • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a very well done remake, with some modern gameplay dynamics that will appeal the player. It's frenetic, it's hard, it's indie and it's a good platform game!
Posted: August 18
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
40.0 hrs on record
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Есть две новости: хорошая и плохая. С какой начать? Логичнее начать сначала с плохой, хорошая потом сгладит. Так вот, во время моего первого знакомства с Giana Sisters она мне жутко не понравилась! Скучная, однообразная, где-то чересчур сложная, без внятного сюжета и повествования. Хорошая новость: это было полтора года назад, и не так давно я решил освежить воспоминания, дабы потом как следует отругать игру, попутно поупражнявшись в злословии! Но то ли с игрой, то ли со мной произошла метаморфоза, и мои теперешние впечатления несколько отличаются от тогдашних.

Самое удивительное, что игра действительно местами невероятно сложная, порой однообразная, а иногда даже навевает скуку. Возможно, дело в том, что любой платформер, являясь по сути достаточно стремительным по темпу игры жанром, не терпит излишней спешки. Я опросил 100 случайных платформеров, которых встретил на улице и 90 из них ответили мне: "Не стоит никогда никуда спешить без необходимости, если не хочешь, чтобы игра наскучила раньше срока". Согласитесь, в этом есть разумное зерно.

Да, игра порой безумно сложна, потому не рассчитывайте одолеть ее с наскока, ничего не выйдет. Уровни похожи друг на друга поскольку выстроены, словно однотипный паззл, из одних и тех же кусочков. Да и навигация по этапам сильно затруднена, разработчики зачем-то заставили уровни указателями, которые вместо того, чтобы ориентировать наоборот, сбивают с толку!

Но все искупает отличная механика. Преодолеть ров с острыми как бритва шипами; пересечь холл, заполненный ловушками; найти секретную область; победить босса. Здесь есть все, что вы хотите видеть в платформере. Не забываем про отличный саундтрек, динамично меняющийся в зависимости от того, какой героиней мы управляем в данный момент. Апологеты хардкора могут опробовать себя в режимах БЕЗ чекпойнтов (читай, без сохранений), но по мне это сродни самоистязанию. Говорят, нашелся кто-то, кто сумел пройти все уровни игры, не погибнув ни разу! Хотел бы я посмотреть на этого несчастного человека...

Попробуйте и вы. Но помните - спешка хороша только при ловле блох.
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I got 2 news for you - good and bad. Which one I should start from? Guess, starting from the bad one would be wiser, because the good one will soften the final effect. So, after my first Giana Sisters run I was left with a poor impression. The game seemed tedious, boring, frustratingly difficult at times... in short, pretty dull. So I decided to make it one more time so I could spew in my anger and write a bad review! I don't know what exactly happened to the game or what happened to me, but this time I enjoyed the process!

Thing is, the game is really that difficult, sometimes monotonous, sometimes boring. Maybe the problem is that every platformer, being a rather fast-paced genre in terms of gameplay still requires some patience. I addressed a question to 100 random platformers I'd met on the street and 90 of them answered: "Do not speed things up too much if you don't want the game to become boring too soon". It makes sense.

Yes, the game is harsh, so do not expect it to be completed it one go, you will fail. Levels seem quite repetitive, because most part of them are made out of the same pieces tossed together. Besides, developers have rather strange view on navigation. Levels are filled with pointers and arrows which basically confuse more than provide help.

But! It's got mechanics that overweighs everything. Say, cross the hole with spikes; fight through a hall with enemies and traps; find a secret area or deal with a tough boss. Giana Sisters got it all what you might fancy in your mind when being asked a question "What should a platformer have?" Add a beautifully written soundtrack to the mix, plus Hardcore game mods for true perfectionists. One of those mods requires a player to complete the game in one go, with no checkpoints! I heard about a guy who could do it. Poor fellow, wish I could see him...

Try it and remember - do not rush.
Posted: September 28
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
The Good:
+Great Graphics and Atmosphere
+Great platforming elements, the main gameplay revolves around you "switching" worlds on the fly to collect gems and reach new platforms to progress through the level.
+Good level of difficulty that ramps up nicely and provides a nice level of challenge
+Lots of modes for replayability ie. score attack, time attack, hardcore mode

The Bad:
- Can get frustrating at times



This is one of the best platforming games I have played in recent memory. This is definitely a good game and one worth checking out.

Posted: June 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Wonderfull platformer.
Interesting 2-world game design, fun gameplay.
Score: 8,5/10
Posted: May 23
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Very challenging, but fun. Gorgeous graphics and amazing music by the great Machinae Supremacy makes this an entertaining journey to blast through. The platforming and mechanics are rather simple, but enjoyable in its way. Switching and alternating between the 2 different worlds is a fun concept, and works really well into this game.

I recommend this game to platform players, as this ... well, literally has a twist to it.
Posted: June 27
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71 of 80 people (89%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
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True to most 2D platfomer conventions the plot is quite simplistic. The player controls Giana as she searches for her sister Maria who has been kidnapped in the Dream World by a dragon. This provides the simple impetus for Giana's journey through The Dream World which she has the ability to manipulate shifting her persona between a cute girly girl that inhabits a halloween inspire iteration of the dream world and an edgier punk chick who traverses a variation of the Dream world that is more colorful and cheery. Giana's personas also have different special abilities. The cutesy Giana has a graceful twil jump that allows her to glide through the air over extended distances while the punk Giana can launch herself forward as a fireball. Swapping between these personas and mixing up moves to traverse the environment in integral to surviving Giana. The persona shifting in Giana Twisted Sisters is similar to the time shifting mechanic in Sonic CD except that it can be performed on the fly and you are in no way limited to how often or how many times you can shift.

Black Forest Games does a commendable job making the most of this gameplay mechanic. The shifting mechanic also adds a puzzle element to the game. Figuring out which sisters maneuvers will allow you to best proceed through an area is the central puzzle theme. It's fast paced and never leaves you scratching your head for long but keeps you mentally engaged with your surroundings. Platforms will apprear in one dimension that don't appear in another, platforms move in a certain direction with one persona while moving in another with the opposite persona, enemies change completely requiring one persona to defeat the enemy while the other can use the defeated enemy as a traversal tool... There is almost always something new in Giana Sisters

While Giana Sisters starts as a cakewalk the difficulty ramps up quickly as you are required to shift dozens of times to complete small stretches of levels. Some areas require you to cacoon yourself in bubble gun and float through razor sharp crystals, others require you to run through a gauntlet of obstacles while being chased by a wall of fire. Boxes can be pushed to create raised platforms and some levels have a more open design that require Giana to collect several keys in an undetermined order to open a passageway to a new area. These challenges are remixed and recycled into devilish combinations late in the game.

It's backdrops are colorful and layered with detail. The juxtaposition between the dimensions is natural and entirely seemless. It is easy to spend time shifting between dimensions in some areas just to see how objects in one dimension are translated in the other dimension. Large hollowed out tree trunks in the cheery dimension become massive reptilian skulls, wells become rotted tree stumps, owls become horned demons... Texture resolutions are high and effects for things like water are far from generic with cloudy patches and bubbles. It is unfortunate that most of the same elements are reused for much of the game. Assests from the first level are found in great abundance in later stages and while I appreciate a 2D platformer that doesn't fall into fire, ice and desert level cliches, a greater degree of variety would have been appreciated.

While perhaps one of the most obscure franchises to be resuscitated in recent memory Giana Sisters proves itself to be a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. It's colorful, challenging, and makes excellent use of a handful of mechanics. It is perhaps the best mix of platforming puzzles and reflex based gameplay on the market. While the limited soundtrack and small pool of art assets can make the last portion of the game a little less invigorating than the first, it does little to take away from the excellent gameplay. If you have conquered Donkey Kong and saved princess Peach a dozen times from the clutches of Bowser than it's time you considered shifting through Dream Land as teenage hero Giana.
Posted: November 25, 2013
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