Showing posts with label Shantae. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shantae. Show all posts

Who is Shantae?

Shantae is a half-genie from a magical place known as... Sequin Land. This land was formerly protected by Guardian Genies who kept it at peace for years. The Genies and humans began to get to know each other a bit better, one thing led to another and... (well) that's how Shantae was born.

Shantae's home is none other than an abandoned lighthouse... which is located in a small fishing village called, Scuttle Town. She was appointed as the Guardian Genie of this location. Her abilities vary... allowing you to transform into other forms (like animals).

There were also other half genies with limited powers... but the franchise revolves around the ever adventurous + super upbeat Shantae, who should really have her own anime series on a streaming service or something by now (I'm talking to you WayForward). The content is there to keep her going on one adventure after another. The games (seen below) can have seasons that revolve around the adventures seen in them, movies are another option based on the games or an original adventures.

Anyway, Shantae takes on characters such as Pirate Queen Risky Boots and her pirate crew, the Tinkerbats. "Risky & the Tinkerbats"... sounds like a rockband, don't you think? Risky's a regular in the franchise, so get used to seeing her... among others. The interaction between the characters is usually chock full of comedic value... which I thoroughly enjoy, so i'd be curious to see what they could come up with.

Enjoy some Shantae & The Pirate's Curse gameplay from... Suxky:

I won't get into the details of the each titles... but if you decide to jump into the games this hopefully gives you an idea of the main character. Game on!

Brought to you by the... Baby Fu Clothing Co!

Shantae Half Genie-Hero goes Ultimate with a bundle for Nintendo Switch!

Wayford is at it again... bringing an exclusive Shantae Half Genie-Hero Ultimate Day One Edition to the Nintendo Switch in physical form.

Can we recommend this game in the physical form for $39.99? Heck Yeah...  for fans of platforming games and fans of games that deliver extra love in the package (Wahahahaaa). You get the "Risky Beats" soundtrack CD + an Artbook... which is a win already, but... like other ULTIMATE games, you get all the DLC action (like BAM) and you aren't downloading any of it (it's on the game card).

This totally has nothing to do with this post... but Luis was losing his mind playing Rocket League today. His team kept hitting him and knocking the ball toward their goal, I think we might have to buy some mouth soap for the office (technically I guess that would be... toothpaste). Game on!

If you don't have a Nintendo Switch, but you have a PC... you can always get the digital game here (DLC not included and... you don't get the other physical goodies)!

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From the Source: WayForward - Shantae and the Pirate's Curse... on Xbox One, March 16th (2016)!

If you've been looking for an awesome 2D platform adventure on the Xbox One... then you're in for a treat, because Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is headed your way March 16th, 2016!

Check out the post, and then read up on our game review at the link down below. Game on!

Valencia, Calif. –  2/26/2016 — WayForward is pleased to announce that
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is coming to XBox One March 16th!

Name: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
Publisher/Developer: WayForward
Release Date: 3/16/2016
Platform: Xbox One
Players: Single Player
Price: $19.99 (25% off Pre-Order thru Release Week), Australia: 26.95, UK: 15.99, Europe: 19.99
  • Developed by WayForward - makers of Double Dragon: Neon, Ducktales: Remastered and the Mighty Switch Force Series!
  • Character portraits by Mega Mandeveloper IntiCreates!
  • Unlockable Pirate-Mode
  • Xbox Live Achievements
  • Multiple endings
  • Epic original soundtrack by Jake “Virt” Kaufman
• PEGI (Europe): 12 (Violence, Sex)
• USK (Germany): 6
• COB/OFLC (Australia/NZ): G (Very Mild Violence)
• RAR (Russia): 6
The original indie darling is back in her biggest adventure yet!

Critics are calling Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse the pinnacle of this fan-favorite series!  The sequel to Metacritic’s *handheld game of 2010: Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, boasts more than double the content, and acclaim from fans and press alike!
She's still got it" -Destructoid
9.0 "...a must-play" -Nintendo World Report
9.0 "one of the most satisfying games I’ve played all year" - Hardcore Gamer
9.0, Gold Award "satisfying in every regard...guaranteed to please" -Pocket Gamer UK
9.5 "the pinnacle of the series" Wii Brasil
9.0 "an exceptionally well-crafted game that should not be ignored" -Nintendo Life
8.5 "stands above its retro-inspired contemporaries" –IGN

Embark on a brand new adventure with Shantae, the hair-whipping belly dancing genie. When she loses her magic, Shantae must team up with her nemesis, the nefarious pirate Risky Boots in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons to advance her quest, slay monsters, battle epic bosses…and hopefully get her magic back in the bargain! But can she really trust her deadliest enemy?
Beyond Sequin Land lie cursed islands and labyrinths each hiding a new piece of Pirate Gear - Flintlock Pistol, Pirate Hat, Scimitar, Risky's Boots, and even a Cannon. Upgrade Shantae's hair and weapons or unlock advanced Fighter's Moves. Locate maps, return lost Heart Squids, collect rare loot, and laugh out loud at the weird, wild, and wonderfully humorous cast of characters.

SDGT Ent gives Shantae and the Pirate's Curse a... 5 out of 5! Click here for our game review!

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse... reviewed!

Fantastic platform adventure that makes me wish there was more of an adventure in Mighty Switch Force games.

If you’re not familiar with the Shantae series, just know that it is a 2D platformer placing you in the role of a charming genie by the name of… Shantae (of course), but this time around you’re a lot less ½ genie.

This game started off a bit too easy in the beginning (for me)… but be warned, if you aren’t prepared, you’ll be sent running back to the drawing board (which is to be expected as you progress, so consider that the “duh of the day”). The story in this game is almost as important as the gameplay… and the developer did a great job making the puzzle fit together. The buildup is great because you aren’t just going in equipped with a slew of abilities; you have to work your way up.

I say that to say… don’t go in expecting to access everything from the beginning, even if something is on an island that you’ve unlocked (and you see it clear as day). You may get caught up on how to access or get something because it’s there, but if it’s out of the reach of your current capabilities… it may be that way for a reason (so don’t question your skills). New abilities are like keys to unlock doors.

The replay value comes into play when you increase your abilities, and you will find progression in the story when this happens… a good chunk of the time. There are games out there where racing from start to finish is the key (and you have the ability to challenge a clock here too), but there will be various objectives required where you may visit an island more than once (just so you know), so you can either dash or appreciate the story. Scuttle Town is home… also doubling as your hub with plenty of nifty little progressive scenarios to enjoy while moving forward so that you aren’t just returning home to interact with NPC’s stuck on repeat.

I appreciate that about this game, it gives an RPG’ish feel beyond those of gaining new abilities. EXP isn’t really the thing that brings about new abilities in this game though unless you consider the gems as a form of EXP. Once enough gems are obtained, you can use them to buy skill enhancements… for certain things, while the others will come with game progression (as mentioned above). Replay value is also found in this game thanks to multiple endings... and an unlockable Pirate-Mode.

**You do have the ability to grind, and it’s easier in some areas than others… if that’s something you’d fancy.**

The artwork and the music in this game… are additional reasons I came back for more because they got my attention from the beginning and had me looking forward to what I’d see/hear next. Art wise… I can see the team creating a new Metal Slug game, or even a new 2D Sonic the Hedgehog title.

Fun fact: Character portraits were done by Mega Man developer Inti Creates!

If WayForward ever decided to make a 3D version of a Shantae adventure… keeping everything true to the feel of the Shantae series, I think it would be one of those welcomed titles that bring back an interest in 3D platformers (at least the quality ones, and since it would be 3rd party… it could be enjoyed on more than Nintendo platforms).

Overall, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse… is a welcomed 2D adventure that gives me not only a welcomed break from multiplayer games, but it also gave me the opportunity to enjoy a cool adventure.

Fun factor: 5
Visually: 5
Replay value: 5
Price: 5

"5 out of 5 Cool Points!"