Saturday 12 November 2022

The Great Giana Sisters (Commodore 64 review)

Developer: Time Warp Productions
Publisher: Rainbow Arts
Released: 1987

The Great Giana Sisters is a platformer that's heavily inspired by Super Mario Bros. (1985, NES).

+ It's seriously impressive how much it mimics Super Mario Bros. and the gameplay mechanics are very faithful.

+ Checkpoints are very fair, so the frustration of tougher levels is lessened due to players not being sent far back.

+ The controls are highly responsive, and the colourful graphics and smooth scrolling look fantastic.

+ Gives you the option to save your high scores which is an advanced feature for the time period.

- Levels are very short and you never feel like you're getting into a proper rhythm due to the stop/start nature of the gameplay.

- Does almost nothing to differentiate itself from the source material and treads familiar ground far too much.

- Collision detection is spotty and many times you'll lose a life and wonder how on earth it just happened.

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