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 another that stars 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 we all know the ST could have done better - 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 to program a homebrew conversion that would take advantage of the Atari STe to feature silky-smooth scrolling. Yup, hardware scrolling is now used for maximum effect to scroll at 50fps with the Blitter coprocessor handling the sprites. To say the results are absolutely beautiful is an extreme understatement. This beats the pathetic commercial game by miles!!

This has completely transformed the original commercial release, which was a terrible effort at best. Samuel has put the Atari STe to perfect use to not only show what this computer is capable of but this is exactly how the game should have been all along. Waste no more time and download this wonderful conversion w/ extra PP patching added!!

  
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!!

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