In 1987 a game called The Great Giana Sisters was released on the Commodore 64 in the UK. It’s mostly famous for being an obvious rip-off of the original Super Mario Bros. Giana Sisters DS is nothing like it’s predecessor. It’s a 100% original adventure released exclusively for the Nintendo DS. It also happens to be one of the very best games available on the dual-screened classic.
Giana Sisters DS is simply magical. Everything about it is a love letter to retro platformer fans. The music is fantastic, simply listening to the intro make me want to play the game again. Every time you collect a diamond jewel, the sound emitted makes it feel special. It’s little touches like these that make the game so special. The level design is equally awesome; you actually want to complete everything just to see what comes next. It’s a title that went under the radar, mainly because it had a very limited release through a select number of websites, but should absolutely be experienced by everyone.
+ Controls are spot on whether you play it on the original DS, or with the joystick featured on the 3DS.
+ Perfect length. To get everything and complete every achievement, you need to invest at least seven hours.
+ Budget price. Originally released for the low price of only $14.99.
+ Classic Commodore 64 original is included as an unlockable bonus if you collect every red jewel. How cool is that?
+ Speaking of red jewels, they’re a blast to gather. Some of them are cleverly hidden and will take all you’ve got to find. It doesn’t matter though, since the levels are such a joy to replay.
+ Power-ups that make great use of the touch screen.
– Drags a bit at the beginning. The fun really kicks in after the first world.
– Boss battles are repetitive, you fight the same out of shape dragon during the entire game.
Giana Sisters DS is the best platformer on the Nintendo DS. I cannot recommend it enough. Just make sure to stick with it and I promise you won’t regret it. The later levels are pure brilliance. A 3DS sequel would be a dream come true.
Final Score: 9.0/10