Saturday, October 08, 2016

Giana Sisters


The Great Giana Sisters was released in 1987 by Rainbow Arts and is a platformer with more than a hint of a famous game starring an Italian plumber. The ST version played well but sadly suffered flip-screen scrolling which soon became tiresome and ultimately spoiled what should have been an excellent platformer. A lazy port and I know the ST could have done better, which is evident with other games like Viking Child, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, etc/etc.

Samuel (aka Zamuel_a of Pac-Mania fame) decided to take on the challenge and program a homebrew conversion which would take advantage of the Atari STe with silky smooth scrolling. Yup, hardware scrolling is now used for maximum effect to display at 50fps with the Blitter coprocessor handling the sprites and to say the results are absolutely beautiful would be an extreme understatement. Beats the commercial game by miles!!

  
I love those kamikaze monsters but watch out for others that may fall on top of your head.

  
An eyeball in need of squashing and then that horrendous big bug - I hate that!!

If his hard work wasn't enough, we continue to be spoiled thanks to Peter Putnik over at 8BitChip who has waved a magic wand to lower the RAM requirements so even 1Mb ST's can now play and all you need is a Blitter Chip. He has also created three HAGA versions that can be installed to hard drive with streamed music played using the DMA coprocessor. Yes, this is quite the improved version compared to the original release!

Well, talk about transforming a game for the 21st century!! What a brilliant game this now is compared to the lame original. Weirdly, the only thing I'm left wondering is why it took so long to feature Giana Sisters here on AtariCrypt!! Anyhow, this is so easy to review because Samuel had a great game to work with and he's put the Atari STe to good use to deliver something very special. Waste no more time and download this wonderful game.

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