Giana Sisters Christmas game review video is online

Friday, December 9th, 2011

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I really like the classic Great Giana Sisters game for the Commodore 64, Amiga, etc. But this somewhat unofficial DOS port? It’s not so bad either, but it’s missing some pretty key elements from real deal that make it lame, plus the controls are just… ugh. Anyway, here is a review that I hope entertains even the most jaded holiday viewer, even if the game is a bit lacking.

You can download this game and the other Giana Sisters DOS ports here.


5 comments on “Giana Sisters Christmas game review video is online

  1. Xaromir says:

    REJOICE BELIEVER! There is a solution to your control-misery; it’s called Xpadder, just google it. With this you can assign keyboard keys to controllers. Works perfect with my XBox360 Controller. ❤

    • I use Xpadder all the time for other games and programs, but the problem is it’s a Windows XP and higher application. This is a DOS game.

      I could also remap keys in emulators like DOSBox, which normally works fine in situations like this. But as I mentioned in the video, emulation and this game don’t mix very well. Lots of slowdown and choppiness compared to running on a real DOS machine. Maybe there’s a memory-resident key mapper for DOS, but I don’t have one.

  2. rj7rivera says:

    “I hate that scream.”

    You do Solid Snake impressions now? Ha ha.

  3. Gemini says:

    When i was about 6 or 7 years old, I had played Super Mario Bros. on the Commodore 64. Then, a few years later, I played the Great Giana Sisters on the C64 and though that it was just a reskin of SMB. Then I found out it was the other way around and was like WTF? XD

    As for DOSBox, if you use a high fixed cycles count in the DOSBox config, the game may not play smoothly at all, nor at the correct speed, but it should record perfectly fine. This happens with many of the 3D games I record footage of.

  4. ZAR says:

    I remember the controversy back then about it being a “copy” (or rip-off) of Super Mario Bros!

    This was a HUGE hit in Germany (coming from a Germany company) – both on Amiga and C64. I played both versions and must say, that while the former looks nicer and sounds better, the 8bit-version is more balanced and fairer. A playthrough on the Amiga was pretty hard to achieve!

    And now, after playing the original (and the most excellent “remix” – for free) and comparing it, I must say that Gianna Sisters never really manages to be as much fun as SMB. It’s still missing some of the quirks and “tolerances” that made the original a classic to this day.

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