Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord is a blistering platformer with morphing worlds, featuring seven brand new levels, a new boss and new gripping tracks from Chris Hülsbeck and Machinae Supremacy! Dash through tricky levels and transform the whole world at will in this fast-paced platformer.
User reviews: Very Positive (170 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 26, 2013

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"Mini-sequel to Black Forest Games's excellent platformer, which I'd argue is more consistent and enjoyable than the original."
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October 20

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August 21

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We have been informed that there is a problem with Giana Sisters videos on Youtube getting tagged with copywrite issues.

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Reviews

“It's a purely fun experience with plenty of replay value.”
9.0 / AMAZING – Jared-IGN

“Rise of the Owlverlord is an excellent platformer. It’s fun to play, the controls are tight, and the level design is great.”
9.5 / Editor's Choice – Zero Tolerance Game Domain

“Rise of the Owlverlord demonstrates that the studio has a knack for creating enjoyable, challenging platforming games.”
8.0 – DarkZero

About This Game

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord is a blistering platformer with morphing worlds, featuring seven brand new levels, a new boss and new gripping tracks from Chris Hülsbeck and Machinae Supremacy!

Dash through tricky levels and transform the whole world at will in this fast-paced platformer. Rise of the Owlverlord combines graphics that pack a visual punch and tight controls with the challenge of retro era platforming. Fluidly morph between two dynamically different dream worlds to solve puzzles and combat grueling enemies and bosses. You’ll have to intertwine perky Giana's twirling jump with punky Giana's hammering dash attack to survive her dual nightmare.

Key Features


  • Powerful Abilities: Change Giana's personality to unleash 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!
  • More to Discover: There are 7 rich levels across several distinct worlds, each transforming into the two contrasting dreamworlds.
  • Gut-wrenching Hardcore Modes: Hardcore and Über Hardcore modes also await players who are full masters of the game and quite possibly insane.
  • Extras: Halloween-themed levels accessible from the start.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.8 GHz / AMD Athlon II X2 @ 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM3.0 DX9.0c level hardware (Nvidia GeForce 6800, ATI X1800 XT or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.66 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.0 GHz (or any Dual Core CPU)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 280, ATI HD 4800 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Nice platformer, just as good as the first one. With slightly better feeling power ups.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
[See the English version below]

Две веселые сеструшки-попрыгушки опять попали в переплет. В оригинальной игре им не давал прохода какой-то не то динозавр не то дракон, что выступал в качестве финального босса и успел к этому моменту уничтожить миллионы нервных клеток игроков по той простой причине, что был невероятно труден в уничтожении. На его место пришла не то сова, не то филин с такими же, впрочем, отнюдь не самыми добрыми намерениями. Враги новые - герои старые. Равно как и игровой процесс, он не изменился ни на йоту.

Если коротко описать этот небольшой аддон к Giana Sisters, то выражение "хорошо, но мало" описывает его с лихвой. Действительно, пол-дюжины уровней короткой мини-кампании пролетают за один вечер. Если вы у нас перфекционист и вознамерились пройти все уровни с максимальным рейтингом или достаточно храбры и усидчивы, чтобы одолеть игру в дополнительных усложненных режимах, то можете смело умножить потраченное время втрое. Согласно рейтингу Стима, таких смельчаков нашлось суть более одного процента.

Отличий от оригинальной игры, прямо скажем, кот наплакал. Пара новых вражин, перерисованные задники да 2, от силы 3, новых композиции. Особенно отмечу новые бекграунды, они наконец-то стали действительно радовать глаз в отличие от своих коллег из оригинальной игры, что смотрелись довольно блекло.

Полное отсутствие сюжета и нехватка новизны искупается отличным дизайном уровней, который по-прежнему держит марку. Тяжелый саундтрек от суровых скандинавов из Machine Supremacy задает ритм, а сложность все также задрана до предела. Считаю, что этого достаточно для скромного аддона к не самому плохому платформеру на этой планете.
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Two funny-looking sisters who're always eager for new adventures have found themselves in another devious trap. Dinosaur mastermind from original game who earned his fame not only for being a final boss but also for annihilating millions of nerve cells by posing a formiddable threat during the final showdown. Yes, he was extremely difficult to take down. So, he stepped from his throne and a big bad owl has taken it in this new chapter. Well, doesn't matter though, the game has no plot whatsoever...

In order to sum it all up, a phrase "good, but too short" would fit just perfectly. 7 levels won't take you longer but one evening to complete them. Well, unless you are a perfectionist hero who wants to earn the best rating and complete the levels all over again in challenging modes. In this case, multiply your gaming time by 3.

There's not that much of a difference between this addon and original game. Two, maybe three new enemies, redrawn backgrounds and a couple of new musical themes. New backgrounds look especialy distinctive in contrast to original ones, which seemed rather dull and lackluster.

No plot and a lack of new content don't hurt that much due to tremendous level design, heavy soundtrack from scandinavian band Machine Supremacy and high unforgiving difficulty. I think it's enough for a short addon for a decent platformer.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Very nice game! Beautiful graphics and enjoyable music
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
nice
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Great game, highly recommended!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Perfect!
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Ratings-based on genre
Overall: 9.5
Graphics: 9
Audio: 9
Music: 10
Gameplay: 9
Characters: 10
Plot: 8
Addictiveness: 10
Play Time: 9


Giana Sisters: Twisted Dream - The Rise of the Owlverlords Is a fantastically fast paced puzzle platformer. You will never get tired of this game. You can repeat the gameplay over and over, continue to be amazed by the beautiful world, fall in love with the main character, despite her never saying anything, and freaking bathe in the perfect soundtrack. This is by far my favorite of the Let's Play Series and I honestly doubt that it will ever be replaced.


There is a free demo available here: http://gianasisterstwisteddreams.com/download/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGf8t-6EbGo&index=12&list=PLOej4kpIyowYGV9flJxsCHMCsnRTfkJV5
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
There's a lot of good things about this game, but I can't recommend it because the targeting for me is absolute ♥♥♥♥. Enemy will be in front of me, I'll use a homing firedash, and somehow, someway, I'll miss because it just will not lock on.

Using that skill and mastering it is a crucial mechanic, so...
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2 of 10 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
so boring i feel alseep before reaching level 1
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This is a poorly built game with controls floatier than a rubber duck. I don't even want my 49 cents back, just remove the game from my library!
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Nice Game :D
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Well at first i was going to say "This game is horrible.Its a waste of money." but then i saw trading cards were available. So i went and got some, and while i was collecting them, i realized, "Hey... This game is pretty good!" If you like games like guacamelee or escape goat, you will enjoy this game. Also, it kind of had a pajama sam feel (my first game) so it was a little walk through memory lane :) 6/10 good job devs, keep it up!
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44.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Great game for kids. My 5year old son loves it. Beautiful graphics and decent music, fun for all ages
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5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Worth the cost of entry, especially if you enjoyed the first one (it's more of the same). But might frustrate quickly if you're not a fan of difficult platforming- you have infinite lives for a reason.
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9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
A short & sweet standalone sequel. Enjoyable if you liked the other game, (or you could play this one first).
Remember: "normal" is easy and "hard" is normal.
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
There are only 10 level but longer than previous title. The problem is when you quit the level in the middle of the game it will start from checkpoint instead the place where you left. It's harder to play with keyborard than a controller. But overall is great.
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
pretty cool
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2013
After completing literally everything this game has to offer, Hard difficulty,Hardcore Mode, Über Hardcore Mode, Time Attack, Score Attack and all Achievements I can safely say that this is a really fun platformer.

This is a stand-alone expansion / DLC that adds 7 levels and does not require the base game to be able to play.

I would really recommend starting off on hard difficulty, normal mode just makes the levels so much easier that it's barely a challenge. Completing hard difficulty took me around 3-4 hours the first time playing, so the game is fairly short if you don't give all the other game modes a try (took me around 15~ hours to complete the game 100%)

The controls are solid for this game, I didn't mess up once because of bad controls or anything like that, Giana moved where I wanted her to, worth noting that I used an Xbox 360 controller to play through the game, can't say how the keyboard controls are as I didn't try them.

Now the soundtrack for this game, and the base game is fantastic. The Cute / Punk version of every song blends together perfectly when you switch between the two different versions of Giana.

This is NOT an easy game, you're gonna have to restart over and over again, be prepared.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is without a doubt one of the best things to come out of the great retro platformer deluge, which began somewhere around the release of Super Meat Boy. It was stunning to look at, a joy to play, and managed to feel fresh yet familiar at the same time. As with any good thing fans are bound to want more, and Black Forest Games has now delivered just that with Rise of the Owlverlord; a standalone expansion that in many ways is even better than the game which spawned it!

If you've played Twisted Dreams (and you definitely should have before jumping into Owlverlord), you should know what you're getting into here; a tightly knit platformer with a neat world shifting mechanic, that controls like a charm and features an outstanding soundtrack. Owlverlord doesn't mess with this formula at all, but reworks it into a smaller more focused experience that fixes nearly all of my complaints of the original and then some.

While I enjoyed Twisted Dreams a lot, variety was not its strong suit and I quickly found myself fatigued of it after only a few level, forcing me to space it out of many short sessions to keep it from completely wearing out its welcome. I never felt this with Owlverlord. While there are far fewer levels this time (7, if you include the boss fight at the end), the upside of this is that each is longer and more uniquely designed than those found in the original game, with some of, if not the best level designs the series has seen to date! It took me weeks to finish the original game, but I tore through Owlverlord like a starving dog who just found a box of bacon, and was left eager for more (despite previously thinking I had had more than my fill of the series after the first game).

If you enjoyed Twisted Dreams there is absolutely no reason you should hesitate to pick up Rise of the Owlverlord! It's a shorter game, but a better one in every regard (which is saying something as the original was fantastic as well) that heightens the challenge, fine tunes the gameplay, and somehow manages to deliver and even more ridiculously awesome soundtrack than last time (Machinae Supremacy has completely outdone themselves yet again)! If you have yet to play Twisted Dreams you are missing out on one the best modern platformers we have, a fact Owlverlord only further solidifies. Black Forest Games have continued to impress me more than I would have expected from such humble Kickstarter beginnings, and now have me wishfully hoping a true Giana Sisters 2 is on the horizon.

Don't delay, there's an Owlverlord to topple!
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Personal rating: 8/10
Bought on: Discount (50%)

Giana Sisters - Twisted Dreams: Rise of the Owlverlord
This is the standalone expansion to Giana Sisters - Twisted Dreams.

About the game
Much like its core game, the Rise of the Owlverlord is fun, creative and difficult. The game forces the player to shift between "cute" and "punk" Giana constantly in order to make progress or survive traps even more than the original game. Traps are always there making the player balance out cleverness and reflexes, and enemies are strategically put most of times to aid reaching a secret area or merely to pose an extra challenge.

Twisting Dreams again
Swapping between cute and punk Giana is a must here and the game will never let you forget about this even once. Swapping can be done between a specific key assigned to it or by using the Fireball Roll (which automatically swaps to punk Giana) or twirling (which swaps to cute Giana). At first it may seem simple, but the game will have creative ways to spice up things as levels goes by.

Running and jumping is very precise as you'd expect (and want) in a platformer, the controls feels great and runs smoothly at all times.

Learning curve: STEEP
Unlike the core game Rise of the Owlverlord holds no punches and throws everything it can as soon you decide to play. Mercifully there is a "Normal" mode which considerably ramps down the difficulty inserting safe places between death traps and removing certain gimmicks that would require split second reaction to bypass.

However as soon you decide to pick "Hard" mode you're in for a rough ride as the game will not hold your hand even for the first second of the first level, but playing at hard difficulty will allow you to earn rank stars and will unlock the finished level for Time Attack and Score Attack mode.

Not enough yet?
For those seeking for more challenge the game still have the Hardcore difficulty (which removes every checkpoint) and the Über Hardcore (which gives you one, single life for the entire game).

Final considerations
Rise of the Owlverlord follows just as well the core game and is more than a "more of the same" expansion, it is a fine platformer with beautiful graphics, amazing controls and brutally difficult if you are not used to platformers.
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