ReviOUYA Review #15 – Giana Sisters

Giana sisters is a complete remake of the original PC/C64 version of the game with the same name.  This game is not just a remake, but has entirely new and original levels to play.  Platform as one of the Giana sisters, and her alter-ego, looking for her other one, going through worlds to find her.

Graphics: 8/10

The graphics are, for the most part, quite smooth.  The background are beautiful to look at, Giana and her alter-ego are both animated quite well, and the enemies also have nice detail to them.  Each world varies greatly from green grass to caves, to snowy mountains.  Some levels, especially those in World 1, can get quite slow-paced.  The frame rate drops immensely when too much is going on screen, with multiple background layers, weather effects, etc.  This game is also completely shown in 1080p, which may also have an effect on the slowdown.  There are no graphical glitches, and collision is spot on.  Everything is visually pleasing to the eye.

Of course bees can carry Rocket launchers!

Sound: 7/10

The music is cheerful, everything about it is happy.  The title, the levels, etc.  The music does vary greatly though between one another, so while it being relatively happy, it isn’t annoying, nor is it flat and constant.  The sound effects are nice as well, and they match with every move made, from jumping on a owl, to launching a fireball.  Some sounds can be a bit louder than others which can catch people off guard if they aren’t expecting it.  Otherwise, everything is fairly good, not memorable, nor enticing you to want to listen to more of it, just good.

Gameplay: 7/10

The game is quite a fun platformer.  It is well paced and allows you to explore each level.  There are hidden red gems throughout the level, and completing the level while acquiring all gems can get you a secret level at the end of each world.  This definitely adds replayability if you go through without getting gems.  There are also 3 modes.  The Regular mode which has all new levels, a Retro mode which are remade levels from the original Giana Sisters, and a hidden “Lost Levels” mode, which has quite difficult levels to complete.  This game is not without its issues though.  Aside from the slowdown in some levels, this game suffers from some weird bugs.  One bug being if a level is completed, back on the world map to select a level, you may unknowingly have selected a previous level, or a newer level, and don’t actually do the level in question.  Completing it and going a head, doing that level, exiting and going to the previous sets it back to normal, but it can be a messy and annoying bug.

Overall:

Giana Sisters is a platformer with luscious graphics with both Giana and her altered self, the beautiful backgrounds and enemies.  The animation is smooth from jumping, running death, etc.  The music also helps, making the game feel like a well done, high polished game.  The problem that prevents this from being that high polished game are the bugs that are included.  While they are in no way game-breaking, as this does’t crash the game or prevent you from continuing, they can be quite annoying and leaving you thinking sometimes “didn’t I do this level before?”. Overall a decent game, but could use that extra bit of polish.

Graphics: 8/10

Sound: 7/10

Gameplay: 7/10

Overall: 7.3/10

Push Giana Sisters on to your OUYA now! – Price $1.99

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One response to “ReviOUYA Review #15 – Giana Sisters

  • Matt

    I really enjoy this game, especially for the price, but I wish they’d fix the bugs you mentioned. Otherwise it’s a good deal.

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