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.
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Very Positive (250 reviews) - 85% of the 250 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 26, 2013

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“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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
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Overall:
Very Positive (250 reviews)
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ivy
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
nope
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HELLFIRE SIN
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Terrible game. Not fun at all!
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Sulemania
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Challenging, but very satisfying. Don't expect a full-length game, though. Seven levels, but they're even more frustrating than in the original Twisted Dreams.
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Will The Kill
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Rise of the Owlverlord is a decent, if very short, platforming experience that is probably best experienced after completing the main title, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. There are seven levels which offer decent replay value if you're interested in exploring every hidden nook and cranny to locate all the crystals. If you liked the base Giana Sisters game, this is worth a look as well.
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Yella 🎓
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has trading cards
- it has action
- it is indie
- it has a female protagonist

Enjoy!
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Headshoot
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord is an OK game, It is short , Hard And fun! I only played a few hours but its great!
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Oregono
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 16
BEATEN - NORMAL - About 2 hours

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise of the Owlverlord is a stand-alone expansion to the Giana Sisters game. It is basically a stand-alone chapter. It has all the same features of the larger game, including different difficulty settings, time attack, etc.

Right away, this one demands a bit more of you than the previous one did initially. Still, it isnt too terribly difficult and is just as enjoyable as the prior entry.
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DontBlink +_- UrDead
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise Of The Owlverlord is a very cute but short side-scrolling game. A single player experience at its core that gives you the ability to shift between 2 dimensions.

The thing that makes this game unique is that you control one of the twins at a time but can switch between the two at any given time and when you do switch, you remain in that same exact space but the level around you is what changes to illustrate shifting between dimensions. As you do this, certain objects you need may appear or paths may be open but with that enemies may become worse or the level may become more dangerous as well.

There are different difficulties for the game. The harder difficulty is quite the difference from the other difficulties as it totally revamps the levels in order to test your skills. This is a colorful and cheerful game with cute style and a decent soundtrack as well. Not bad for a quick game.

It's a great game for both kids and adults to play, the difficulties allow for all players to play the game and asjust the game according to their specific needs or playstyle. This game will be nice for anyone who favors the original Mario and Sonic games.

Pros
  • Switch between 2 worlds at any time
  • Soundtrack instantly changes to coincide with your switching between worlds
  • Game changes according to your difficulty
  • Full controller support

Cons
  • Short game isn't enough bang for the buck
  • No reason to go back to play once you finish
  • No unlockables

Final Thoughts:
It's got alot of heart for such a small package. The levels are short just like the games length. With spirit and color the game excels but there are alot if other options on the market that overshadow this.

Rating (6.7 out of 10)

This review was written for and is published on the Lit Reviews [LR] curator page.
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dianpm
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
Recommend this game if you looking for fun to play and platformer style game. You need to have controller for better playing experience. It is not much fun to play with keyboard.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2014
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!

You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
I'd not say it's a must-buy, but Rise of the Owlverlord is definately a good purchase, if you don't mind difficult games. With plenty of replayability and a great soundtrack, I've found this to be a great addition to my library.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
Personal rating: 8/10

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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Nice platformer, just as good as the first one. With slightly better feeling power ups.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2013
This expansion set is so cheap it's worth it just for the soundtrack, which is, more from Chris Hülsbeck.

Add in 7 fun levels and 7 different game modes to play with, yeah, it's worth it.

Nuff' said;
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I completed this game in 3 hours, so it's fairly short. If you can get it for like 2 dollars however like i did, i would say its worth.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Rise Of The Owlverlord is a very cute but short side-scrolling game. A single player experience at its core that gives you the ability to shift between 2 dimensions.

The thing that makes this game unique is that you control one of the twins at a time but can switch between the two at any given time and when you do switch, you remain in that same exact space but the level around you is what changes to illustrate shifting between dimensions. As you do this, certain objects you need may appear or paths may be open but with that enemies may become worse or the level may become more dangerous as well.

There are different difficulties for the game. The harder difficulty is quite the difference from the other difficulties as it totally revamps the levels in order to test your skills. This is a colorful and cheerful game with cute style and a decent soundtrack as well. Not bad for a quick game.

It's a great game for both kids and adults to play, the difficulties allow for all players to play the game and asjust the game according to their specific needs or playstyle. This game will be nice for anyone who favors the original Mario and Sonic games.

Pros
  • Switch between 2 worlds at any time
  • Soundtrack instantly changes to coincide with your switching between worlds
  • Game changes according to your difficulty
  • Full controller support

Cons
  • Short game isn't enough bang for the buck
  • No reason to go back to play once you finish
  • No unlockables

Final Thoughts:
It's got alot of heart for such a small package. The levels are short just like the games length. With spirit and color the game excels but there are alot if other options on the market that overshadow this.

Rating (6.7 out of 10)

This review was written for and is published on the Lit Reviews [LR] curator page.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2013
This game picks up where the original left off, and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna fall off every other game to ride this one to the end. 10/10 Probably GotY material and is definately chalk full of solid gameplay you come to expect from AAA titles,

IF you avoid this game, you must enjoy avoiding fun...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,330.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
I love this game! The art makes it a wonderful place to spend some time. Add to that the fun twisting-musical score and you are instantly transported into a world that is worth investing some time in. And, do plan on investing some time because make not mistake, this is a challenging game! As a fan of the old-style Sonic games, I was in platformer heaven! The price is extremely reasonable, and that gameplay itself is responsive, logical and, most importantly, fun! I recommended it!
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