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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Giana Sisters

The Great Giana Sisters was released in 1987 by Rainbow Arts and is a platformer with (umm) more than a hint of an Italian plumber. Anyhow, the ST version played well but suffered flip-screen scrolling that soon became tiresome on the old eyes. Ultimately, it was a lame port and spoiled what should have been an excellent game.

Don't give me the old excuse that the ST cannot scroll. Here are a few examples: Viking Child, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Enchanted Land, Stario, Alien World, Zone Warrior, Onslaught and many, more!! Yes, it bugs me when I see people's daft comments claiming that the ST cannot scroll.
Blame the programmer - not the computer! /rant

Well, it looks like I wasn't the only person to hate this poor release because Samuel (aka Zamuel_a of Pac-Mania fame) decided to convert it to the Atari STe. The hardware scrolling is used so the screen now scrolls and it's smooth too - 50fps smooth! To say that this update is jaw-dropping is an understatement and it most certainly beats that pathetic commercial release. So, the game itself is the same but now it scrolls which is perfect.

Samuel has put the Atari STe to great use which proves the power of this machine. Finally, we can play Giana Sisters as it was meant to be enjoyed so waste no more time and download this wonderful new version!

It looks basic but it also looks console-cool too. I like it, very NES... to me.

Happily walking along and then something falls on your head! Let's collect the gems.

I really hate that horrendous big bug so let's jump over the sucker and run!

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