Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Apr 1, 2013
    95
    Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams looks, plays and sounds terrific. The challenge is balanced nicely with the tight controls and frequent checkpoints, and failure never became overly frustrating.
  2. Mar 25, 2013
    90
    Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams never ceases to impress. But it's not only pretty. Instead it's a very thoughtfully arranged, challenging platformer that six months after its initial release holds up just as well. This currently is, quite frankly, the jump and run of choice.
  3. Mar 24, 2013
    90
    At $15, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is well worth its cost to platforming fans.
  4. Apr 3, 2013
    85
    Black Forest Games revitalized its series by staying true to the game’s origins while still moving past its blatant clone gimmicks.
  5. Apr 24, 2013
    80
    A pleasantly compelling game, with great art and that under the novelty of the dimension-shifting mechanics hides an old school platformer experience.
  6. Apr 21, 2013
    80
    Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams on Xbox 360 is still a good nostalgic platform game that offers a nice challenge. Slightly longer loading times and the absence of the two free DLCs makes this version a bit less desirable, but still good for players that don't have a gaming PC.
  7. Apr 17, 2013
    80
    Art and glitches aside, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a surprisingly enjoyable platformer, and the developers have done a lot to breathe life and personality into a series that was never really allowed to live in the first place.
  8. Apr 17, 2013
    80
    Fun and frustrating in equal measure, Twisted Dreams blends (rather than borrows) elements from Super Mario Bros., Sonic, and the essentials of many classic platformers that makes the experience feel fresh in an era when the genre has lost its bite.
  9. Mar 20, 2013
    80
    Twisted Dreams combines satisfying gameplay with dazzling environments to create a worthy platformer.
  10. May 28, 2013
    79
    With its wonderfully designed stages, the cool soundtrack, exciting boss fights and comfortable learning curve Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a whole lot of fun - only we missed a co-op mode a little bit.
  11. Mar 22, 2013
    78
    Even though the sisters show some technical shortcomings compared to the PC counterpart, this still is a charming jump & run.
  12. Apr 17, 2013
    70
    Overall Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a love letter to the 1980s cult classic. Sticking to its platforming roots, the game presents a classic difficulty with a new twist on the genre. While it may not be the best of its class by today’s standards, if you’re looking for a challenging platformer with a new visual twist, you may want to give this title a shot.
  13. Mar 31, 2013
    70
    Very recommended for those looking for an old-school platformer, with classic gameplay and difficulty.
  14. 70
    The joy of exploration occasionally tips over into frustration, as when untouchable background scenery seems to offer a safe place to land, or during an infuriating and unnecessarily time-consuming final boss fight. But for the most part, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a charming adventure and a reasonable value.
  15. Apr 16, 2013
    65
    Black Forest Games combines two beautiful worlds in one game. With an amazing concept and some challenging gameplay you would think it is ideal for platform lovers. The inaccurate controls and frustrating moment however get rid of that thought in no time.
  16. Apr 8, 2013
    64
    For gamers looking for a hardcore challenge then this might be the game for you. For casual gamers, this might be a frustrating experience.
  17. Apr 3, 2013
    60
    Even when Twisted Dreams is firing on all cylinders, levels inevitably devolve into a tedious hunt for gems. Some platformer fans may enjoy Twisted Dream's unabashed adherence to '80s game design, but even as a fan of old-school platformers, my enjoyment was hampered by some significant shortcomings.
  18. 60
    This is a pretty, inventive platformer that demonstrates both a clear affection for the original and a willingness to try something new. It might not come close to unseating the genre's best, but if you're up for a challenge, then this is a minor gem.
  19. Mar 21, 2013
    60
    They may not be directly related but Mario’s would-be siblings have some interesting ideas of their own, although they lack refinement to make the most of them.
  20. Apr 15, 2013
    50
    A platformer that doesn't do anything new and never excels in any way. In the end it's ok, but not much more than that.
  21. Apr 9, 2013
    50
    If you are a Giana Sisters fan from way back, then you will no doubt grab this one. For everyone else I recommend trying out the demo, to see if you will enjoy it. It's not terrible or broken by any means, it just not groundbreaking or memorable. It will be fun for some, but a headache for others.
  22. Apr 1, 2013
    50
    After playing through some of the early levels, I started to enjoy myself, but when it really got down to the challenging bits, I was left wanting to hurl my 360 out the window. I think Giana Sisters as a whole is nice, with some really colorful and interesting visuals, but it just left me mad more than anything else.
  23. Apr 15, 2013
    40
    The entire experience of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams doesn’t come together in a cohesive whole often enough for it to be considered one of the great platformers, or even a really good one. Its frustrating lows, compounded by brutal difficulty spikes, don’t completely outweigh the occasional highs.
  24. Apr 4, 2013
    40
    Twisted Dreams will drive you mad. You rarely get the sense of reward when you finish a level - just a huge wave of relief that you don't have to suffer through that again.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Mar 28, 2013
    3
    An old style platform game with very old fashioned game play hidden behind lush modern visuals, which often hinder rather than help you. Mario is clear, concise and bright. Giana sisters is dark and grim when in the evil/half world and quick switching between this and the light world can (with the over detailed backgrounds) make missing important details, such as spikes, all too easy. Everything kills you in one hit, enemies, spikes, getting trapped in a closing door... everything, Mario always had his mushroom from his first solo outing and the Sisters could do with a few of these as they are no where near as nimble as our modern day plumber.
    If you like out of date game mechanics, where you feel you have played through it all too many times in previously played platform games, masked over by impressive(albeit often grim) visuals with a gimmick or two thrown in for good measure then this may be the game you have been waiting for. If not then don't get tempted...
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  2. Mar 25, 2013
    10
    Fantastic! I was not expecting anything, I remember Giana sisters being some kind of rip-off mario clone from years ago. But the graphics and game mechanics blew me away. Fantastic game with some neat ideas that keep it feeling like a modern title. If you have any interest in platform games at all, you should love this! Full Review »
  3. Mar 21, 2013
    10
    Great fun! This is the best platformer on Xbox Live Arcade, the visuals are really neat. Loading takes a bit though, but every level is worth the wait. Be not misled by the cute graphics: This game is for those looking for a real challenge! Full Review »