Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut – Review

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut is one of the free games that was available at the start of May. I just started playing it today so I thought I would do a little review on it. If you didn’t get it you can still get it here for Playstation 4, WiiU, DS, and of course PC, but no Xbox One. Sorry guys! This is an older game, it was released back in 2014 (kind of), but since it was a free game and I just got it now, I will do the review now!

The game, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut, is actually steeped in history. It was FIRST released in 1987 for the Commodore 64 believe it or not.

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut reminds me a lot of; Limbo or The Swapper. Its considered a puzzle game. However, it also has remnants of Super Mario Bros, which I personally love and can really appreciate! In fact, its so much like Super Mario Bros, that they were actually in deep trouble back in the 80s and got sued for it being TOO much like SMB. Spellbound were the ones that picked it up, but then Spellbound dissolved and Black Forest Games took it over.

When it was re-released it was done so on last gen consoles and PC and had such a successful launch that they decided to release it on current gen consoles. Mind you the game is now available remastered, but it also has brand new additional content too.

About The Sisters

The current gen console story for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut is much like the original. There are 2 sisters; Maria and Giana. Giana sees Maria getting abducted by this big scary monster and this sends her into the Dream World, she, in turn, needs to rescue her. In the midst of trying to rescue her you have to beat all these different levels, which by the way are set up JUST like Super Mario bros; 1, 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, etc.

Giana and Maria Special “Weapons”

Giana and Maria both have “specials” and different things that they can do. For example, they can “switch places.” Giana is very peppy and cute. Maria, on the other hand, is very punk rock – she even has the clothes and hair to match. Giana can “twirl” in the air. Its one of her specialties. Maria can dash at enemies and kill them OR dash forward, down, back or up – which if you play the game, you will see just why this is so important (hint: Its something Mario did often lol).. The whole Cute vs Innocent is a common theme in the game. From the music – you can choose to hear punk music or cute music or both. To the actual gameplay – for Giana, everything is all flowers and rainbows. For Maria, everything is all dead, wilted and decayed. See the images below for an example. But, that doesn’t mean that every time you are Giana everything around the world is cute and when you are Maria everything is dead – it actually changes quite often and you will need to change the world to morph it into what you need it to be. Wow, that sounded confusing.

******* SPOILER*******

Okay, spoiler alert; Say for example you are Giana, you are crossing a solid bridge and come to a wooden gate. You need to get through it somehow. You try jumping over it, you try going another way. Nothing. Turn to Maria with the right trigger and suddenly something behind you, maybe a tree, disappears but the big wooden gate you couldn’t get past lifts up and allows you to go through it. Pretty much the entire game is like this; from objects in your way, to gems, to enemies and more. Needless to say, you use your right trigger a lot!

Biggest Qualm In The Game

I could care less that Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut – Review was like SMB – I like that it is. I could care less that my right trigger is probably going to need to be replaced when I’m done with the game. I could really care less how long or short the game is. But, my BIGGEST qualm with the game: They don’t give you very good directions. Or directions at all. In fact, all you really see in the game are arrows that point every which way – get prepared to get lost and these “boards” that give you symbols and figures on what to do. I remember playing, I think it was Limbo and I literally stood in one spot the entire game because I was like OMG what do I do!?! This game felt a lot like that. I would have much rather had a tutorial or something in the game showing me what I had to do, rather than stick figure images. It just gets very frustrating.

The Hit Box

When I first started to play this game I noticed something odd, but it was most likely done on purpose to make the game even harder. The hit box is very small. If you have played other games and the hitbox allowed you to hit the tip or edge of an enemy and they died, you won’t be seeing that in Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut. You quite literally have a millimeter of space you have to hit, right on the top of the enemy. Go over too far to the left or right and you die.

Get Ready To Get Annoyed!

This might be a very cutesy fun game, but make no mistake, some of those levels can be really annoying and really hard. In fact, Black Forest Games has been quoted in saying that they tried to make some of the higher levels, almost impossible. Almost. So get ready to do the same checkpoint 500 times! Some of these higher levels are just pure evil. You get areas that are littered with spikes, you have other areas where the enemy is annoyingly placed in your way, etc.


Even though Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut – Review is a real challenge, the hit boxes are smaller than I would like and the directions kind of sucked, I still would say that overall this is a really fun game. If you feel like you need a challenge or you just want a break from the latest Call Of Duty, Forza or Witcher and you just want to screw around and have fun – Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Directors Cut is a good game for you to think about.

Overall Rating 7.75 out of 10.