‘Embark on a brand new adventure with Shantae, the hair-whipping belly dancing genie! When Shantae loses her genie magic, she must join her nemesis, the nefarious pirate Risky Boots in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons and tools to advance her quest, slay monsters, battle epic bosses …and hopefully get her magic back in the bargain! But can she really trust her most deadly enemy?’
The 2D platformer Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, the sequel to Shantae: Risky’s Revenge makes it’s way to Xbox One where players will find themselves making their way through multiple islands and helping Shantae gain her powers, defeat the enemies and solve the puzzle’s in the game to stop the Pirate Master with the help of your enemy: Risky Boots.
The gameplay is very inspired by the likes of Castlevania, which can be seen just by Shantae’s whip attack with her hair. There is upgradable attacks and powers to use throughout the game which can be unlocked as you progress through the game. The platforming and combat also feels extremely good, almost perfect with no slow-down and a decent variety in options to take down your enemies as you go on. Puzzles are also balanced nicely with the combat, decently challenging as well which is great for a platformer since games in the genre retaining the difficulty from the platformers of old is rare.
Characters in the game also have nicely drawn sprites in conversations with a retro look in-game which work very well together. There is also nicely done humour in the game which keeps conversations and the characters interesting. On of the downsides is that sadly there is no way to get around quickly in areas you have already been to, instead you must guide Shantae from the start to the area you want to get to and as for leaving areas? Run back to the start to leave. It can get rather tedious if you’re putting a lot of time in and just exploring but the environments are all interesting enough that you don’t get annoyed exploring them unless you’ve put a lot of time in.
Another downside is that some of the later areas can be extremely difficult without certain upgrades, but getting past that there is plenty of reward for exploring each area of the game and as long as you’re looking around you shouldn’t have too much trouble. These are just minor things however and definitely don’t take away from the experience.