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Giana’s Return WIZ (13-07-2009)

Giana’s Return aims to be a worthy inofficial sequel of “The Great Giana Sisters”. “The Great Giana Sisters” is an alltime classic Jump’N’Run game made in the late eighties mainly by Armin Gessert, Manfred Trenz and Chris Hülsbeck and gained massive attention as “Super Mario” copy, but still had it’s very own charme and fanbase.

Giana’s Return – Features:
* 7 Worlds, with each 8 Levels – followed by a “big boss”
* Power Ups and Extras
* Oldschool style pixeled sprites and tiles
* Wonderful hand drawn backgrounds
* Illustrated hand drawn storyline
* Over 18 Tracks of finest chip music!
* Multi-Language: German, English, French, Spanish
* Password and/or save game (depending on release platform)
* Hidden Warp Zones and Bonus Caves
* Hidden Trainer
* TOP 10 Highscore

Giana’s Return – Team:
Rudolphe Boixel (Thor) – Main Coder
Shahzad Sahaib (Kojote) – Project Organizer & Level Design
Jane S. Mumford (Jayne) – Graphics Artwork
Alexander Oldemeier (Operator) – Music
David Wuttke (AM-FM) – Music
Adam Karol (Wizzard) – Graphics Artwork
Simon Butler – Graphics Artwork
Virgil Metier (tHUG) – Graphics Artwork
Christian Hildenbrand (DayDream) – Graphics Artwork
Denny Müller (Mulle) – Main Beta Testing
Ed Mandy (Flavor) – WIZ Port

This release is a PUBLIC BETA to gain feedback and take suggestions for the final version. You are more than welcome to let the authors know your two or three cents.

Please do not MIRROR the release file, the beta’s official download is here:




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  1. Awesome! Except I have no idea what a WIZ is. Is that some kind of European system?

  2. THANK YOU ! (*^_^*)
    I’ve been waiting for months, but I’m sure it was worth it ! ;)
    I’ll download it as soon as I get home, and I’ll give you my feedback in a few days.

  3. Insidious, the Wiz is the latest handheld console from GamePark Holdings. Have you heard of the GP2X or the GP32? This is the newest version.

    Check here for more info.

  4. Hmm, I guess a white link on a white background doesn’t show up well. There should be a link under that “Check here for more info.” line, though.

  5. ok I have never use a WIZ , but Thanx ! anyway for this game be released for them , that can play it , I see forward to play this game on Windows, Maybe I should take a gameplay with the old one today with mine Commodore 64 :-)

  6. Wonderful news ! I’ve been checking this website everyday for months now waiting for that day ! One question though: is the game that power hungry that it “NEEDS” the 533 MHz of the Wiz CPU ? Shouldn’t it run smooth enough on the “old” F100/F200 GP2X ? I just can’t wait to play that game ! Bye and thanks for the hard work :) Magic Sam

  7. Nachdem ich die Entwicklung vom Spiel seit Jahren verfolgt habe, bin ich sehr froh, dass es nun veröffentlicht wurde.
    Ich habe mir wegen Gianas Return einen Wiz bestellt, und hoffe, dass er bald bei mir ankommt, damit ich das Spiel spielen kann.
    Ich kann es kaum erwarten.

  8. Wow, according to the *.gpe, the game actually runs on an overclocked Wiz @ 700 MHz, not @ 533 MHz ! How will you optimize the game to make it run on less powerful platforms ? Bye and thanks, Magic Sam

  9. Well, it works fine on psp (333Mhz ?)
    Maybe the sdl stuff may be optimized on wiz/gp2x
    Or the Wiz is a bit too young and coders have to learn how to use it better…

  10. Oh I’m so jealous, I want to try it too.. :(
    I hope it won’t be too long before we see a gp2x/linux/win build though.

  11. win32 build will be released at buenzli 2009 ( )

  12. @ Burbruee: you can already play the game on your “regular” GP2X :) Edit the *.gpe and change the –freq argument on the first line from 700 to 250 (or the max OC value for your GP2X). The game will run, a little bit slow though…

  13. Wie viele hier bin ich jeden Tag auf dieser Webseite und auch total neidisch auf die WIZ Besitzer.

    Leider habe ich für so ne daddlkiste keine Kohle über.
    Ich freue mich aber riiiisig auf das release nächsten monat für win32. Ist es auch Vista kompatibel?
    Das mit buenzli habe ich net wirklich verstanden.
    ist das der Server wo man es downloaden kann?
    Sorry für´s deutsch ;-)

    gruß ans team


  14. This was supposed to be released on the gp2x, not the wiz. I can’t understand why they said for all this time that the gp2x version would be first and now they are screwing us over.
    Thanks a lot!!!:(

  15. Christo: This works for GP2X as well. But you need to have Open2X, not original firmware.

  16. @Christo930: GP2x version within the next few days, we just got it running smooth but it wills till require minor investigation to be good enough for a public beta.

  17. Cool, thanks. I look forward to the release.

  18. *GREAT*
    i think Giana’s Return is better than Giana DS
    (i only knowing the vids)
    waitung for GP2x version. :-)

    do you have a donation account???

    Giana´s Return macht einen besseren Eindruck als die DS Version. (Kenne beide Versionen aber nur aus Videos)

    Tolle Arbeit. Warte auch auf die GP2x-Version…


    PS: Habt Ihr ein Spendenkonto???


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