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Giana Sisters DS

 

 

SCORE: 74

 

Giana Sisters DS

 

I was not sure what to make of Giana Sisters DS at first. This hand held title reminds me of Mario games in so many ways. Which sent me into some research on the history of the Giana Sisters. It goes all the way back to the Commodore 64. It was a Mario clone that was a little too similar. The game had to be pulled thanks to legal maneuvers, and then became an underground hit. Fast forward to 2011, and Destineer is releasing Giana Sisters DS on the Nintendo DS.

Many hardcore gamers, and underground gamers know about the Giana Sisters. Extreme collectors seek out, or own a copy of the original game. Destineer hopes to make some new history for this franchise. Giana Sisters DS has a definitely old school feel to it. It also has an old school look to it. The animation is good, but many of the creatures are small. I loved jumping on an enemy and watching it fall down. They stay there as if they were knocked out. The enemies are strange looking, but I got used to them.

The rockish music in Giana Sisters DS fits the theme of this game, and enhances it. I enjoyed listening to this game. There are also special effect sounds that assist this hand held title as well. Shooting or stomping on an enemy will produce a sound. I laughed as I heard these sounds for the first time. I can not remember that reaction in Mario, or any Mario clone. By the way, there are some enemies you do not want to jump on.

The levels in Giana Sisters DS start out pretty short, but get progressively longer as the game goes. There are numerous hidden items to find for those who have to find it all. Levels will keep gamers busy for a few weeks at least. I expect Giana Sisters DS to sell for twenty dollars or less. The historic gamer will take great interest in this Nintendo DS game.

Giana Sisters DS starts out pretty easy. As I progressed through this game it got harder. I found I had to time certain jumps just right, and avoid hitting the ceiling in others. Collecting the gems will produce extra lives. Definitely do that because you will need them later. I had fun playing Giana Sisters DS, and am thankful Destineer provided Family Friendly Gaming with a pre-release version of the game.

I hope there are sequels to this title in the future. Giana Sisters DS taught me how to navigate through various hazards. This could be compared to the hazards we face in life. The one issue I can see families may have is with the cartoon violence performed on the creatures. If you let your kids play Super Mario Bros games, then this game should be no problem. Use that as a gauge.
- Mark

 

Graphics: 69%
Sound: 76%
Replay/Extras: 78%
Gameplay: 77%
Family Friendly Factor: 69%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Destineer
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
{Animated Blood, Comic Mischief}

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