Giana Sisters [$4.99] was originally released all the way back in 1987 for the Amiga, C64, and similar platforms of the era. Surrounded by legal troubles due to its similarity with Super Mario Bros., the game was pulled almost as soon as it was released-- Making original copies of the game highly valued by vintage video game collectors. In 2005, Giana Sisters made the jump to mobile phones, and a few years later found a home on the Nintendo DS following an extensive graphical overhaul.

Earlier this year, the sisters hopped platforms once again to the iPhone, and on July 9th will be jumping, tossing fireballs, and smashing bricks on the iPad. Developers Bad Monkee sent us a bunch of screenshots, and we're really excited to see the game in motion on our iPads.


We really liked Giana Sisters in our review, and later went on to award it a solid four star rating when we did our Best iPhone Games February 2010 round up. If this is the first you've heard of the game, if you like platformers with a classic feel, Giana Sisters is really worth checking out. If you own an iPad, hold off until the 9th to pick up the HD version.

  • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    Awww, no Universal update? Bummer.

  • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

    Awww, no Universal update? Bummer.

  • http://pocketfullofapps.com yourofl10

    Looks cool. Sadly, I don't have an iPad though.

  • http://pocketfullofapps.com yourofl10

    Looks cool. Sadly, I don't have an iPad though.

  • Oliver

    Looks like you can rearrange the controls!

    • badmonkee

      Yes you can rearrange the controls as you wish.

  • Oliver

    Looks like you can rearrange the controls!

    • badmonkee

      Yes you can rearrange the controls as you wish.

  • Hanes

    Thanks for the HD version badmonkee! looking forward

  • Hanes

    Thanks for the HD version badmonkee! looking forward

  • Googlyhead

    Couldn't the upcoming version be a 'premium' universal version? Having several iDevices, I'm somewhat put off getting apps that don't span them all.

    • badmonkee

      it was a thought of us but we simply could not do it for several reasons. we will not get an extra premium for putting an HD at the back of the name ;-) I hope that this is something.

      • http://www.taptoplay.de Oliver

        Will there be a way to synchronize the progress between the different devices.

      • badmonkee

        no, unfortunately not at the present moment.

  • Googlyhead

    Couldn't the upcoming version be a 'premium' universal version? Having several iDevices, I'm somewhat put off getting apps that don't span them all.

    • badmonkee

      it was a thought of us but we simply could not do it for several reasons. we will not get an extra premium for putting an HD at the back of the name ;-) I hope that this is something.

      • http://www.taptoplay.de Oliver

        Will there be a way to synchronize the progress between the different devices.

      • badmonkee

        no, unfortunately not at the present moment.

  • Mister Mumbles

    Cool beans. Don't think I'll ever get an iPad though. Too non-essential for me. The game is still great on my Touch though. One of the best platformers available on the app store alongside Soosiz.

  • Mister Mumbles

    Cool beans. Don't think I'll ever get an iPad though. Too non-essential for me. The game is still great on my Touch though. One of the best platformers available on the app store alongside Soosiz.

  • wegmans

    Is there a Man-Giana version?

    • badmonkee

      good question ! I guess we all know the name of the Man-Giana version. They both decided to split up and live their life independently.

  • wegmans

    Is there a Man-Giana version?

    • badmonkee

      good question ! I guess we all know the name of the Man-Giana version. They both decided to split up and live their life independently.

  • Binja

    This has been available "elsewhere" for a few days. It's really good. Can't wait to buy it. It's been a long hard road for it's devs and they deserve to finally get some cash.

    • badmonkee

      binja, that sounds interesting to me. I am sure I do interpret "elsewhere" correctly but are you sure it is the iPad version ?

  • Binja

    This has been available "elsewhere" for a few days. It's really good. Can't wait to buy it. It's been a long hard road for it's devs and they deserve to finally get some cash.

    • badmonkee

      binja, that sounds interesting to me. I am sure I do interpret "elsewhere" correctly but are you sure it is the iPad version ?