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Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut review (Xbox One)

Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut was developed and published by Black Forest Games on the Xbox One. It was released on December 12, 2014 for $14.99. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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The Giana Sisters started off in a title known as The Great Giana Sisters which was released in 1987 on the Commodore 64. The title caused many controversies as the game’s design was incredibly similar to another popular platformer released at that time, Super Mario Bros. As a result, the brand went quiet for many years. Fast forward to 2012, Black Forest Games was successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign for a project known as Project Giana. After more time passed, Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace for the Xbox 360 on March 20, 2013. Moving ahead to current times, Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace for the Xbox One on December 12, 2014.

When I first got a hold of Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut, I thought to myself, this is going to be great. Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams for the Xbox 360 was a blast and I’m excited to see the new improvements and extra content that is included in the Director’s Cut. After playing through the game extensively to provide a quality review, I’m at a loss for words to describe my experience. Then I found it. Let me show you below.

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Newsbits: Early Xbox Live Arcade delisting warning and other marketplace news

XBLA Fans Newsbits

  • After Burner Climax will be delisted from the Xbox Live Marketplace on December 24, 2014. A producer of After Burner Climax, Noriyuki Shimoda, confirms via Twitter the removal of the game from distribution. The PlayStation Network is currently seeing a sale for the title and it is unknown at this time whether or not the Xbox Live Marketplace will see an equivalent sale.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Special Editions was quietly delisted from the Xbox Live Marketplace while Deep Silver had it listed for its Deal of the Week from December 2-9. While it was sad to see it removed before the sale officially ended, at least the publisher can say the game was put on sale before removal.
  • JUJU launches on the Xbox Live Marketplace today, December 10. The game is already available now for $14.99 USD and the download size is 1.75GB. After the jump is a launch trailer for the title. Check it out to see JUJU in action.

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams — Director’s Cut dashes to Xbox One on December 12

Gian Sisters Twisted Dreams Director's Cut

The historical origins of Giana Sisters date back to 1987 with the release of The Great Giana Sisters on the Commodore 64. Fast forward to March 20, 2013, Xbox Live Arcade saw the release of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams for $15.00 USD. For fans of the XBLA game and curious newcomers alike, Black Forest Games is introducing Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams — Director’s Cut to Xbox One users on December 12, 2014 for 14,99 € and undisclosed USD price.

What is the difference between the Xbox 360 version and Xbox One version?

More everything.

This release encompasses the original Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams as well as the add-on Rise of the Owlverlord. On top of that, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams — Director’s Cut will also contain The Christmas Levels and The Halloween Levels, which will total for 38 action filled levels in 1080p HD graphics at 60 frames per second.

Included after the jump is an early announcement trailer of the festivities coming soon.

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JUJU jumps its way to Xbox 360 on December 10

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Looking for a family friendly game this season? JUJU is a classic style platformer about a small, brave Panda (Juju) and his adventure to save his father and the world from the evil clutches of Calypso. Grab a friend or family member to join in the fun as Juju’s best friend, Peyo the lizard, in local cooperative play. Developer Flying Wild Hog says the game was designed for players of all skill levels, and it features second-player jump-in/jump-out at any time.

“As gamers and parents, we created JUJU because we know how frustrating it is when a game is either too easy or too hard for one player,” JUJU Creative Director Klaudiusz Zych said in a press release. “We knew there had to be a way for two people to have fun together and both be challenged, regardless of skill-level.”

JUJU offers 40 vibrant stages of brightly animated environments for gameplay and has nine giant boss fights that will keep players on their toes. There will be secret areas, hidden levels, time challenges and hardcore mode to keep the game going after the story is first completed. JUJU will arrive on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace on December 10, 2014.


Stick it to The Man review (Xbox One)

Stick It to The Man! was developed and published by Zoink Games. It was released August 28, 2014 on Xbox One and Xbox 360 for $9.99. An Xbox One copy was provided for review purposes.


It has been an awfully long time since the likes of Braid, Limbo and Super Meat Boy first began to demonstrate just how innovative and enjoyable smaller, digitally delivered titles could be. Unbelievably, though, there are still independent studios out there that continue to push the envelope. With Stick it to the Man!, Zoink games have done exactly that, delivering an entertaining, polished and highly amusing puzzle/platform game that oozes originality from every pore.

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Composer interview: Super Time Force

Super Time Force

Xbox Wire recently posted an interview with Jason “6995” DeGroot, composer for Capybara Games’ highly anticipated downloadable title Super Time Force. DeGroot describes the soundtrack as based “around NES [Nintendo Entertainment System] sounds — simple pulse/triangle/noise waves.” Unlike sidescrollers of the past, however, this retro soundtrack is processed with modern technology, creating what chiptune audio enthusiasts refer to as a “9-bit” sound. For readers unfamiliar with this type of sound, think of the soundtracks to Dustforce and Fez.

DeGroot cites classic NES titles such as Ninja Gaiden II, Mega Man and Metroid as influences. Metroid is an interesting choice that DeGroot notes as “so sparse at times — a bold departure from most games of the era.” Such an unapologetically retro title with modern gameplay twists needs an equally well conceived soundtrack to match, and it sounds like Capybara has found exactly that fit with DeGroot’s tunes.

Source: Xbox Wire


Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams reaches 1 million downloads

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Indie developers Black Forest Games have revealed that Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams has now sold over one million copies. The game was released on XBLA one year ago today at the 1200 MSP price point following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Twisted Dreams was said to be the spiritual successor to The Great Giana Sisters, a hit ’80s platformer famed for its similarities to Super Mario Bros.

It’s not clear whether the figure includes the free download made available to PS+ subscribers in Europe or the copies sold as part of the Humble Indie Bundle 11 on PC.  Either way it’s always good to hear an indie game success story. Check out our review for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams here.

Source: CVG


Dustforce releasing in January


Capcom has announced that its 2D “sweep-’em up” title, Dustforce, will be headed to the Xbox 360 this coming January. Developed by Hitbox Team, Dustforce is a platformer in which players must use acrobatic skills to rid the world of dust and filth. There are four different types of characters to choose from in Dustforce: Dustman, Dustkid, Dustgirl and Dustworth. Each character brings a different skill set that will help players cleanse each level.

Online multiplayer will feature modes such as King of the Hill, in which 2-4 players will battle for points by capturing lamps. In survival mode, two players will be able to compete against two others in matches with the objective being to knock the other team into hazards until it runs out of lives. For those who like to clean, there will be 56 single levels coupled with 10 multiplayer maps. More maps will be released at a future date, but they will be free of charge.

As well as coming to the Xbox 360, Dustforce is also heading to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita as a digital download.

Source: Capcom Unity


Dustforce coming to Xbox 360

Hitbox Team’s 2D sweep-‘em-up platformer, Dustforce, was released to PC and MAC users back in early 2012. Last week, Capcom announced that Xbox 360 gamers will now too get a chance to clean things up.

According to a post on the Capcom Unity site by Brett Elston, Capcom’s Community Manager, Dustforce is coming to platforms such as the PS3, PS Vita and the Xbox 360. At the time of this post, there are no details about a release date or the price for Dustforce.

There was also no information if this is going to be a straight port from the PC or if new features/modes are in the works to breathe some new life into this almost two year old title. Currently, the PC version has more than 50 levels, an online leaderboard, and 4-player local multiplayer modes.

Source: Capcom Unity via Joystiq


Castle of Illusion coming to XBLA on September 4

Castle of Illusion

Publisher Sega has confirmed on its blog that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be launching on Xbox Live Arcade on September 4 for 1200 Microsoft Points. This reimagining of the Sega Genesis classic is built from the ground-up with voiceover and tweaked content to modernize an old favorite. The creators were very clear to say this is not a kid’s game, but a love letter to classic gaming.

To learn more about Castle of Illusion, check out our full preview.

Source: Sega blog

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