Great Giana Sisters

• Publisher: Rainbow Arts
• Developer:
Release Date: 1987
Code: Armin Gessert

GFX: Manfred Trenz
Music: Chris Hülsbeck

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 96%
Our Game Rating: 86%


FILE: greatgianasistersend.zip



• Completed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

I honestly can't see what all the fuss is about with this game. I mean - ZZAP64 magazine gave it an overall score of 96%, but was it really worth that much? The graphics are okay, the game play is fine, and the music is good, and that's it. The Commodore 64 gaming community seem to rate this one highly, but unfortunately I must be missing the point. Can anyone explain its popularity, please?

Thanks to Brendan Phoenix for completing this one for us all to see...

The final MASSIVE item to collect.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Easy one this - hold down the A, R, M, I & N keys and you can skip levels - always remember that cheat!

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you've collected the final item, you are presented with a static black screen with the words: "GIANA GET UP THE SUN HAS FRIGHTENED OFF THE NIGHT."


  • Brendan: One of the greatest ever C64 titles and one of the most controversial. Would it have a fitting ending? Alas, it has one of the worst endings! Static black screen with some gumf about waking up, then on to the high score table. Disappointing does not sum it up.

  • Vinny: Now that I have seen the ending, I reiterate that I still don't get why this game is popular. Sorry, but this is another cack ending to add to the collection :(

  • Brendan Phoenix: I think it does deserve the hype, was a genuine Mario-like game for the C64 and the music on the title screen and mid-game is one of the best C64 compositions. Colourful graphics, good levels, hidden items, etc. However the ending leaves a nasty taste from what we enjoyed before. It's terrible, no new tune, nothing. The end words even suck, not like some exciting epilogue is it? I actually got the original for my birthday I think - still have it around in the spare room somewhere. On a different point, the new DS version is really rather good. Just completed it in full and one of the hidden features once you complete the game are the original levels!

  • Andy Vaisey: I never really rated this game myself and never understood the hype. Don't get me wrong, it's in no way a bad game, just not my cup of tea. Good job I never really played it then because the ending would have had me tearing out my hair and smashing the TV.

  • Andrew Fisher: I love the game, love the fact that there are some differences from Super Mario Bros, and love the fact I have an original tape. Yes, it is a disappointing ending.

FINAL SAY: OMG! Not another cack ending!

G.E. RATING: 0.5 / 10

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