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Giana's Return

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Once there was a game named (Super) Mario Bros. In 1987 a clone of that game was made and they called it (Great) Giana Sisters. The brothers had become sisters, the ethnic Italian masculine names Mario & Luigi became ethnic Italian feminine names Giana & Maria, and the masculine themes (they're plumbers) became... very girly mon.

Giana's Return is imitation Super Mario Bros, so much that the first level is intentionally cloned, after that the levels diverge. It's an unofficial fan-made Retro "sequel" to the Great Giana Sisters. There was demand for the continuation of girly flavored SMB - beyond the 8-16 bit era, into the 32-bit era like Mario got (even tho a bunch of "official" Giana Sisters sequels began to appear around the same time this game did). Giana's Return was first thought of in 1997 and developed slowly until the first "official" release of this unofficial game came in 2009 with its version 0.99 - which means even version "0.99" is highly refined, and I love the way v0.99 defaults to a teeny tiny window to invoke the retro feel.

dL #1 is the late 2009 Mac version 0.997c which is Intel-only and requires Snow Leopard minimum.

dL #2 is the final v1.1 having added cutstills and more, dated 2014 and here donated to macgarden and freshly compiled in 2020 for Leopard (Intel-only) by thedoctor45.

Still looking for... a PPC build.

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Evil Swampy and his followers have stolen the magic ruby, which made it once possible for Giana and Maria to return from their dream. Many creatures are after this ruby, but does it really have power, or was it just a coincidence? As this is not bad enough, Swampy fell in love at first sight with Giana’s sister Maria and shamelessly kidnapped her. She simply had been at the wrong place at the wrong time. You will now be Giana and get back the magic ruby. And most important of all, save your beloved sister Maria and get home safe! Good Luck!

Giana's Return is a 2D side scrolling game in which the player controls Giana. The gameplay is the same as The Great Giana Sisters, therefore its similar to Super Mario Bros, but has some additional features. The game uses the password feature for each level, so the player can enter in a menu and play the level they want. If the player leaves the game or gets the game over screen, (s)he will be able to return to the level (s)he was in, but will lose a large part of his/her progress (the bonuses used, the rubies and the score).

Giana's Return consists of 56 levels and 7 boss stages that Giana can explore. Each of seven worlds contain 8 levels followed by a boss level, which make 63 levels in total.

Crooaa's Mountains
Stages 1-8, then Crooaa boss stage.

Zampa's World
Stages 9-16, then Zampa boss stage.

Borelix's Cave
Stages 17-24 then Borelix boss stage.

Vulcano's Wasteland
Stages 25-32 then Vulcano boss stage.

Pythios's Desert
Stages 33-40, then Pythios boss stage.

Xaleander's Lowlands
Stages 41-48, then Xhale boss stage.

Swampy's Swamp
Stages 49-56, then Swampy boss stage.

Fire Wheel : Gives the ability to bash some blocks by hitting them from below.
Lightning : Gives the ability to shot little bubbles.
Double Lightning : Similar to the previous power-up, but the bubbles reflect on solid objects.
Advanced/Upgraded Double Lightning : It name is unknown. It's does like the Strawberry power-up. The bubbles aim on the nearest enemy and chase it.
Clock : Unlike the original game, it don't freeze enemies. Instead, it will give more time.
Heart : Does the same thing as the Lollipop power-up : gives Giana an extra life.

The game has a hidden trainer screen. First off, go the first level and collect one ruby. Next, hit every store block with the following directions: L, R, R, L, R, L, L. And you have the Trainer screen!
The game has a hidden greeting screen. the manipulation are the same as the previous one, but you must collect two rubies instead of one.
The game has a hidden message in the ending if you enter this cheat code : "CR3D1T". The game will say "Congratulations! Cheater!"
The Armored Giana power-up is based to Hard 'n' Heavy. That hidden power-up can be available by entering the cheat code : "ARM0RD". However in that way, you won't be able to shoots bubbles and breaking blocks.
Giana's scream (when hurt) is similar to the death scream from Giana Family.
Strangely enough, the first level looks similar to the 1-1 level from Super Mario Bros.
The scroll text start to break the fourth wall if you wait around 2 minute in the title screen. The text says pretty much anything like : insisting the player tp play the game instead of reading, revealing secret features and listing tools that's was used for the game. After that, the game will asking why the player is still reading and then the scroll text will restart by following ellipsis.
In the french version of the scroll text, a bad word is spelled (you can see the screenshot below). If you want to know what this word mean, translate it by yourself.
It is unknown for now if there is also a bad word in the German and Spanish version.
The game was released in the same year as Giana Sisters DS got released and the death of Armin Gessert.
This is one of the game that the Clock power-up gives more time instead of freezing enemies. The other being Dream Land.
Giana's real HP is unknown. However, by doing some trick with Cheat Engine, we can see she as in fact 5 HP.
As her normal and Punk form, the general enemies deal 1 HP, the bosses deal 3 HP and the spikes/fires do an instant kill.
As her armored form, the general enemies don't deal any damage, the bosses and the spikes/fires deal 2 HP.

Architecture: x86 (Intel:Mac)

OS X 10.5 and higher.


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by thedoctor45 - 2020, December 26 - 5:08am

There‘s PPC build of Giana's Return 1.1 available for download on the retroguru website but it doesn't work on 10.5 - it looks like they messed up the libraries. haven't tested it on 10.4 yet.