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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Breaks the Million-Sales Mark

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Breaks the Million-Sales Mark

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Breaks the Million-Sales Mark

Milestone reached by crowd-funded remake of ’80s classic by German indie studio Black Forest Games


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The award-winning multi-platform game Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, which started with a modest Kickstarter campaign in 2012, went on to become a million-seller and is now among the biggest successes in crowdfinding history.

The game’s potential was revealed in the speed with which the $150,000 USD pledge goal was met and exceeded. The Windows version was released a few months after the campaign ended, followed by versions for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U in 2013.

The Giana Sisters remake is a jump ‘n’ run adventure in which players must rescue  one of the sisters — Maria — who is being held captive by a dragon in a dream world. The game’s mechanics allow players to switch from the real world to the dream world and back again.

“One million copies sold,” says Andreas Speer, Managing Director of Black Forest Games, “that absolutely qualifies Giana Sisters as an indie hit – and yet it took a Kickstarter campaign to be able to develop the game. It wouldn’t have been possible in the classic way through publisher financing. It is only thanks to the dedication of our 6,000 backers that one million gamers (and counting) got the chance to play Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams.”

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams and the stand-alone add-on Rise of the Owlverlord have won several awards, among them:

  • German Developer Award: Best Youth Game 2013 (GS:TD Rise of the Owlverlord)
  • Casual Connect Indieprize Showcase Award: Best Audio 2013
  • German Children Software Award Tommi: Best Computer Game 2013
  • German Developer Award: Best Sound 2012
  • Demonews Game of the Year Award: Best Jump ‘n’ Run and Puzzle Game 2012

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is also nominated in three categories at this year’s European Games Award: Best Art Direction, Sound and Game Design.

Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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