What is it?
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge is a platform game developed and published by WayForward. The titular half-genie belly dancer Shantae must stop the nefarious pirate Risky Boots from capturing three magic seals, which she uses to unleash a “dark power”. Along the way, she learns new spells that allows her to attack enemies from afar, or transform into animals to help her access new areas.
DSi, PC, iOS, PS4, Wii U
Amazing pixel artwork, slick animations, and a silly sense of humour.
Simple but enjoyable combat mechanics.
Metroidvania levels are usually pretty fun to explore.
Jake Kaufman’s soundtrack is a blast.
Bonus mode (less health, more magic) adds more replayability, suitable for purists.
The overworld map is pretty rubbish.
Easy to get lost in some areas due to a lack of an indoor map.
Some annoying platform segments and puzzles.
Controls could’ve been more responsive.
Not a particularly long game.
It may be sulled a tad due to its clunkiness, but Shantae’s third game is a good do. If you return to it after a hiatus then I guarantee you’re gonna get lost. It won’t be in anybody’s list of favourite games anytime soon, especially compared to the later entries, but it still makes for a good starting point for newcomers in the series thanks to its visuals, personality, and satisfying gameplay.