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The Great Giana Sisters

The player takes the role of Giana (referred to as Gianna in the scrolling intro and also the intended name before a typo was made on the cover art and the developers just went with that rather than having the cover remade), a girl who suffers from a nightmare, in which she travels through 32 dungeons full of monsters, while collecting ominous diamonds and looking for her sister Maria. If the player wins the final battle, Giana will be awakened by her sister.

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The Great Giana Sisters is a 2D side-scrolling platform arcade game like Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Play The Great Giana Sisters online!

The Great Giana Sisters game description

After a long and deep sleep, Giana finds herself in a mysterious and evil dreamworld where everything is strange and different.
In 32 levels, Giana has to fight against bad monsters, huge spiders and lots of other creatures to find a magic diamond that makes it possible to return to her own world.

The Great Giana Sisters is a 2D side-scrolling arcade game in which the player controls either Giana or her sister Maria. The game supports alternating 2 players, with second player taking control of Maria.

Each level contains a number of dream crystals, which gives points when collected in order to make the game’s high score. An extra life can be gained by collecting 100 dream crystals. Extra lives can also be found in the form of hidden “Lollipop” items.

Enemies can be defeated by jumping on them or shooting them after obtaining the relevant powerups. The enemies include owls, rolling eyeballs, flesh-eating fish and deadly insects. The “Fire Wheel” transforms Giana into a punk with the ability to crush rocks by jumping beneath them. “Lightning Bolt” awards Giana “Dream Bubbles”, a single projectile shot. “Double Lightning” gives her ability to shoot recoiling projectiles. “Strawberries” gives the ability to shoot homing projectiles. There is one defensive item in the game, the “Water-Drop”, which protects Giana against fire. A number of special items can also be triggered that affects the entire screen, such as the “Clock”, which freezes all enemies on-screen, and the “Magic Bombs” kills all enemies. These items are found in the item blocks scattered around the stages.

There are two types of stages in the game, an “Overworld” and “Underground” stage. The “Overworld stages” feature green scenery and pipe-shaped objects, along with bottomless pits for Giana to avoid. The “Underground” stages feature additional hazards such as water and fire, as well as bosses.

There are in total 32 stages in the game. Hidden “Warp-Blocks” can be found to jump through portions of the game.

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