Ian Cooper discovers a spellbinding approach to classic platforming in Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams – out now on multiple formats.
Black Forest Games and Soedesco’s Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams is a cute game. One of two sisters traverses level after level Super Mario style, armed with the power of transformation to rescue her sibling, Maria.
It’s admirable. We can all relate to this scenario. How would you react to having your sibling nicked by a 60 foot obese dragon in dream land?
Twisted Dreams, released in recent months on the PS4 and Xbox One, is a sequel to the DS version of Giana Sisters – which means the sisters have aged a little – but the story is easy to follow. Giana is a perfect protagonist for small and big kids alike. Everyone has a dream world, right?
It plays like a traditional platformer, but Giana’s unique ability to transform has given the traditional running and jumping (aptly enough) a rather interesting twist. At the push of the R2 button, Giana transforms from her cutesy blonde locks and blue and white outfit to a red haired rock chick with fingerless gloves and skull-laden emo gear. When you transform for the first time, you think “woah!”, even if it tends to lose its wow factor gradually.
Not only does she transform visually, but her abilities do too. As Giana’s ‘punk’ persona, you can shoot fireballs. This changes things when it comes to battling the game’s many enemies, as you can imagine. It’s like Superman – but you don’t even need a telephone box.
This mechanic enables you to collect the huge amount of collectibles scattered throughout every stage, as different coloured gems can only be collected by the corresponding persona of Giana. It’s clever and it gives this game that extra degree of challenge.
As expected, Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams for current gen is a beautiful game. I mean, it was last gen, but things stand out more in the new director’s cut thanks to its sharpened edges and brighter and more vivid colours. It’s like watching a psychadelic kaliedoscope after a night on the tiles, especially when you trigger Giana’s transformation. The world around you changes too, as well as the soundtrack, which is just brilliant.
Aside from the cool polished up visuals, this definitive version hits up with more difficulty settings too. It now goes to insanely difficult for those gaming sadists amongst us (me not included) who crave a challenge.
This director’s cut version of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is the definitive version of it. With spruced up 1080p flashy visuals emphasising the unique transformation mechanic that is clearly this game’s signature move, and all DLC additions including more difficulty levels, you’re certainly getting your money’s worth. It’s a delightful version of a unique, colourful gem.
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