Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams

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PlayL4D2! Dec 22, 2012 @ 5:30am
Not quite how I expected it
First, thanks to the devs for providing a demo, that makes them more honest than.. pretty much everyone else these days.

Sadly I was expecting a different game. Well, I was expecting a reboot of Giana Sisters, and when you think that it was originally a Mario clone, I was expecting something similar to today's Mario's. What we have here isn't really a game of the 1987 style, nor a game of 2012 either, but a platformer from 1995. Technically perfect, but rather generic visual style (well it's 3D, very hard to do something cute), and -very- generic level design. What we have here is way more a remake of Jazz Jackrabbit, if you think of it. So I probably don't like it because I didn't quite like Jazz Jackrabbit, I'm more into slower-paced platformers (which Giana was).
Also I found the alternate world system overused, & breaking a lot of the fun. I don't know, the morphing is nice, but as a game mechanic it doesn't work too well IMHO.
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Jamez5000 Dec 24, 2012 @ 8:40pm 
There is enough Mario games out there and I'm sure they don't want to keep being known as a Mario clone so you can't blem them for wanting to change their direction a bit. I think it was for the better, they have their own style now.
PlayL4D2! Dec 28, 2012 @ 7:53pm 
Originally posted by Jamez5000:
There is enough Mario games out there

name one on PC?
CJM Dec 29, 2012 @ 10:49am 
Most mario style games for the PC are free, usually flash games. The open source mario style games are easier to find using Synaptic, rather than Steam4Linux. The open source "SuperTux" comes to mind.

Beyond that, I guess it depends on what you would call a "mario clone", aside from being a 2D platformer.
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PlayL4D2! Dec 29, 2012 @ 11:31am 
Yeah sure, let's compare "flash games" to today's Mario games... There is no game like today's Mario on PC, period.


Originally posted by CJM:
Beyond that, I guess it depends on what you would call a "mario clone", aside from being a 2D platformer.

There is no Mario clone cloner than Giana Sisters, obviously. Hence my comment that I imagined that today's Giana Sisters would look like a clone of today's Mario. What else is linking this game to the original Giana Sisters, except the (cloned too) name?
Surely you can tell a platformer style from another. If you can't, let's take the basics: Mario vs Sonic. This, just like Jazz Jackrabbit, has more to do with Sonic than Mario. Nothing really wrong, a lot of people like Sonic, it's just that I don't.
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Greenbikerdude Dec 29, 2012 @ 4:24pm 
The old giana sisters was a 2D plattformer and a shameful mario clone. So now they took this well known name made a 2D plattformer, but gave it their own twist and mechanics to offer people something new. No one wants to just clone something. As a developer it is the most boring thing you can do. Maybe back then they were inexperienced and cloned mario for the learning effect? Who knows. Still this is one of the best plattformers for the computer right now. Also if you want more mario here is a good open source project: http://www.secretmaryo.org/ .
It is in the spirit of the old snes game. To be honest I haven't played a mario since the snes one.
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PlayL4D2! Dec 29, 2012 @ 8:48pm 
Giana was made because there was no Mario on C64. Well, there is no Mario on PC..
You say it's new but it's not, as I wrote it's pretty much what Jazz Jackrabbit was, with the 2 worlds twist that doesn't really work IMHO.
Polantaris Dec 30, 2012 @ 2:04am 
That's just what it is, your opinion.

I'm finding the game to be fantastic and extremely fun. Just because you have to analyze it next to everything else you've played does not mean that it should be different than what you got.

If you want to compare anything to any other game at this point, you will find similarities to something in pretty much everything. That's why you should stop analyzing and just play the game. If you like it, fantastic! If you don't, no need to complain that it's not this magical game that's different in every single way to what you're used to because that's practically impossible at this point.

There are far too many games around to be complaining that Game X is similar to Game Y, because to expect there to be no similarities is impossible.

The fact that you have to reference a game from 1994 to make the similarity complaint means that they did a great job in making it unique to what we see being released today. It's been 8 years since that game was released. That's far better than 99% of games now-a-days.
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Keonyn Dec 31, 2012 @ 9:04am 
At least he finally acknowledged the fact this far down that it is his "opinion", and an incredibly biased one at that. Congratulations on having an opinion PlayL4D2, you may now leave. I don't really agree with any of your points thus far and have found this to be a fantastic game with the two world split concept that works very well in my opinion. See that? We all have our own opinions, so spare us your lectures, particularly when they are built on bias regarding this games relations to other games.
PlayL4D2! Jan 1, 2013 @ 4:04pm 
Originally posted by ポランタリスPolantaris:
If you want to compare anything to any other game at this point

Yeah, it's called "Giana Sisters : twisted dreams", blame me for comparing it to.. Giana Sisters.

Seriously, I wish this had been the Giana Sisters from Nintendo DS, because that one is totally a remake of Giana Sisters.


Originally posted by Keonyn:
At least he finally acknowledged the fact this far down that it is his "opinion"

with a thread named "not quite how I expected it", I assumed it would be obvious from the beginning?
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