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  • Summary: Embark on a brand new adventure which teams Shantae with her arch nemesis, Risky Boots. When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. Shantae must give up her job as Scuttle Towns "Guardian Genie" and become a pirate ifEmbark on a brand new adventure which teams Shantae with her arch nemesis, Risky Boots. When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. Shantae must give up her job as Scuttle Towns "Guardian Genie" and become a pirate if she hopes to get her magic back and save the day. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons and tools to advance her quest and power through monsters. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Oct 31, 2014
    95
    Pirate's Curse works in a way so positively different than the previous games that it may represent the pinnacle of the series.
  2. Oct 22, 2014
    90
    Whether or not you’re a platforming fan, and whether or not you’ve played any of the previous titles in this series, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is an exceptionally well-crafted game that should not be ignored.
  3. Oct 28, 2014
    90
    The gameplay is fun, varied and challenging, and will test the skills of even the most hardcore platforming fans.
  4. Feb 19, 2015
    83
    A well-done and solid title, a simple yet intriguing metroidvania. There's a little bit of backtracking and the game is pretty short, but the replayability is good and the price is definitely right.
  5. Feb 18, 2015
    80
    Without magic, Shantae is even more charming than ever, and transforms this pirate's curse into a blessing. The belly dancer not only captures all the platformers tricks, but she also expresses her hairy character to boot. Such mischievous narrative, passionate work, sharpened gameplay and gripping adventure will generously fulfill the wishes of the genre's lovers.
  6. Oct 22, 2014
    80
    Shantae has always been a passion project for WayForward, but this is the first time the series feels like it properly realizes the developer's ambition for it. A fun, funny, and pleasant substantial Metroid-alike boasting phenomenal old-school visuals and a refreshing sense of optimism, it's both an eShop standout and a great (though by no means final) conclusion to a slow-burning trilogy of games.
  7. Oct 26, 2014
    70
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse might put off a lot of its target audience with its bright and cartoony graphics, but devoted Metroidvania/platformer fans will not want to miss this excellently animated sprite game.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 20, 2014
    10
    It's a beautifully animated game with excellent game play, Great dialogue, memorable characters, power ups that make you feel reallyIt's a beautifully animated game with excellent game play, Great dialogue, memorable characters, power ups that make you feel really powered-up, decent replay value for what it is, and the potential to introduce you to a great franchise. Fans of the previous titles will gravitate to this game, while still being open to newcomers to the series. Though not perfect, it kind of lacks in the boss battle depart and there is a rather size-able, though short lived, difficulty spike near the middle of the game. Though the stuff it does right it does exceptionally well. I have owned many Nintendo Eshop games, but if this one is not publicly remembered as one of it's best, than I don't know which one would Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2014
    10
    Quite possibly the most fun I have had in a Downloadable title in my entire life. The game looks great, the animations are smooth as buttah',Quite possibly the most fun I have had in a Downloadable title in my entire life. The game looks great, the animations are smooth as buttah', the music is good, the gameplay is fun. 60fps and it never dropped for me once.

    Quite possibly my favorite thing about this title is how likable and interesting the characters are in this game and often times how funny the game is. It has a way of playing with your expectations in a way that will make all but the most soulless person chuckle.

    Also the 3D effects look fantastic and really add a lot to the experience of this game, something that you really have to see to fully appreciate.
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  3. Apr 8, 2015
    10
    There are people on the world who believes Guacamelee is a great metroid/castlevania game. I guess they haven't play Shantae yet. This gameThere are people on the world who believes Guacamelee is a great metroid/castlevania game. I guess they haven't play Shantae yet. This game NAILS everything. Art, characters, gameplay, story, variety, fun powerups, bosses, etc... get it! Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2014
    10
    An amazingly engaging and entertaining metroidvania game that proves that genre can still thrive. The presentation is amazingly smooth,An amazingly engaging and entertaining metroidvania game that proves that genre can still thrive. The presentation is amazingly smooth, colorful, and fluid with tons of unique animations and detailed sprites and character drawings in cutscenes. There is also some really impressive ( and somewhat humorous) use of stereoscopic 3d. The music is by Jake Kaufman, so naturally it's incredibly atmospheric and catchy, with funny song names like "Rave in the Grave" (Rottytopps's theme) and "DO U EVEN WHIP" (true ending scene music). Speaking of which, this game's writing can be downright hilarious at times! All the characters are funny, there are some very funny references to things like he-man (bran-son) and some fourth wall breaking sprinkled in. Apart from that, the game's story actually feels like it evolves and progresses a lot, with some very touching and plot heavy moments that really feel substantial, and an overall theme that the game makes apparent at the end that makes you really think about the whole adventure.The game never takes itself too seriously, except for when it needs to, and it nails both. The gameplay is nice and fast paced. The combat might feel slow at first, but you'll be able to buy upgrades to increase your attack speed and power. You can also purchase some "advanced fighters moves" which can help avoid enemies, reduce knock back, and perform a super kick move to do more damage.The trademark "hair whip" that Shantae is known for feels incredibly satisfying, and would even make the likes of Willow Smith impressed! On top of that, there's also an Rpg number damage system that displays how much damage enemies take in numbers above their heads, which really helps in emphasizing the power of some items or damage boosters, and let's you know which way is the most efficient for killing baddies. In addition, the combat and exploration is spiced up with pirate themed items that Shantae gathers on her quest, which really help in making for great new scenarios in exploration, puzzles, and combat. I won't spoil what they are, but they're all fun to use and can be upgraded a lot as well, and keep the exploration and backtracking fresh while still offering usefulness in combat. On to the next bit, there is a bit of backtracking in this game, but I never felt it got entierly too tedious. The way it works is that Risky Boots is docked at the beggining of each island, each having one dungeon and a set number of collectibles and a theme. The islands all felt unique, and the collectibles were very well hidden. The collectibles did also require some backtracking to acquire, but the best way to go about it is to just explore every area to the fullest with every item you have when the game needs you to backtrack to progress, which is very often. The backtracking itself didn't really bother me since your items later on make it much easier to travel and traverse, as well as explore.Some areas were complete slogs to travel through again, but then you can just use a pirate flare to teleport back to Risky's boat. Finally, in terms of length, this game is well worth $20. There are 32 heart squids ( think zelda heart pieces, but squids) and 20 Cacklebats (plot devices that give you a much better ending) to find in the entire game, with 3 squids in each dungeon and however many Cacklebats on an island. The game will tell you how many you have on the island select screen. The time it took me to 100% complete the game was 10 and 1/2 hours, which and i enjoyed every moment. The game is definitely worth $20, and well worth completing. There is also and additional "pirate mode" once you beat the game, which lets you replay the game with all of the gear unlocked from the start and challenges you to try to speed run the game in under two hours, or complete it in the fastest time. I have yet to try this mode, but I can definitely see how it can add a lot of replay value to an already great game. The few nitpicky I have with this game is that there is some knock back, which gets very annoying when you get knocked off a screen or chain. Thankfully, you can purchase the recover move to recover from knock back slightly. The item system is also very unintuitive, since you have to double tap the bottom screen to heal, and you have to wait to fully recover. These are just small annoyances on an incredibly solid game. In conclusion, Shantae and the Pirate's curse is and amazingly charming and engaging game that knows exactly what it wants to be, and has an incredible amount of fun with it. If you're a fan of metroidvania games, zelda games, or even just 2d platformer games in general, don't let this one fly under your radar and make this a must buy for this year. Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2014
    10
    Very polished and colorful, the art style is great and the game-play is polished and fun there are a lot of fun collectible items and theVery polished and colorful, the art style is great and the game-play is polished and fun there are a lot of fun collectible items and the length of the game is defiantly justified by the price tag and i really have nothing bad to say about this game. Expand
  6. Mar 29, 2015
    9
    Steeldude
    Mar 29, 2015
    9 In my opinion, the best game in the Shantae trilogy. - It is considerably longer than Risky's Revenge. - The
    Steeldude
    Mar 29, 2015
    9
    In my opinion, the best game in the Shantae trilogy.

    - It is considerably longer than Risky's Revenge.
    - The world is larger and split into different islands so that it's easier to navigate through the Sequin Land. Each island is completely different, so get ready for multiple new adventures.
    - Instead of transformation dances, Shantae uses pirate gear. It is a great change, as you always discover new things and can often return to places you have previously visited to find previously unreachable collectibles. You can even buy upgrades for the gear in the item shop.
    - Scuttle Town serves as a hub in this game and during your adventure things in the town will change depending on the progression of the story. So, it is always interesting to return to the place and talk to new people or get new items and such.
    - There are 7 dungeons in total (counting the final one and the bonus hidden one), the most in any of the Shantae games. The design is pretty good as well and the boss encounters are fun.
    - There are tons of references to the first game and Risky's Revenge, so if you have played the previous title, you will enjoy the story in this game so much more.
    - There are two endings to the game, depending on how many Cacklebats you defeat.
    - The speedrun options are still in the game.
    - The 3D looks great, especially the character models.

    Probably the best platform game I've played on the 3DS and a must play.
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  7. Apr 5, 2015
    5
    Shantae has always been a bit of a fetish franchise from Wayforward, and had some naughty bits here and there, but this one goes way too far.Shantae has always been a bit of a fetish franchise from Wayforward, and had some naughty bits here and there, but this one goes way too far.
    going from tired old jokes like "he-man is gay" to really gross stuff 2 girls swimming in a pool of semen ( the game implies is lumox drool but a few details here and there reveal it's not that ) and all girls in the game hanging from a gigantic phallic object while wearing princess Leia's golden bikini.

    it wouldn't be an issue if it was something occasional, but it happens way too often, to the point it becomes hard to focus on the actual plot, what little there is. as with previous Shantae games the dialogue is poorly written and has a lot of nonsensical dialogue and NPCs. which would be funny, if it was well written, but as it, it's a desperate attempt to say the least.

    the ties to the previous game were mostly ignored, except where convenient, like the town deed being given to Ammo Baron. However, this game says it was the mayor's fault and in the previous game it became more than clear that it was actually because of Shantae, as it was one of the MANY fetch quests.
    and another big cliffhanger from the end of the previous game, Shantae's lamp being taken from her is resolved within minutes as Risky Boots in a rather anti-climatic way just returns it to Shantae ( after spending an entire game obsessively trying to obtain it and then succeeding ).

    the level design is mostly good becoming progressively worse and more padded near the ending and the gameplay has been refined and been made more interesting with the new items, but it still suffers from some old issues like shantae barely getting stronger even with the strongest powerups and the new moves like the roundhouse kick being just useless.
    the new map system makes the whole game more bearable though.

    the graphics are ok at best, wayforward is known for their pixel art, but this game is mostly being lazy and reusing assets from previous games, not much new to see except for the great art by the inticreates artist.
    the 3D effect is like a taste of the virtual boy, it causes headaches within minutes, it's not tested and no effort was put into it, characters are often in front of foreground objects and when they cross paths it causes a really nasty eye strain after a few minutes, enemies NPCs and player characters are all in different layers too so even simply killing an enemy causes some strain.

    the soundtrack is amazing and it really stands out, is the only thing that really kept me motivated while playing it, it's clear that the composer put a lot of effort and passion into some of the tracks.

    and it suffers from a huge issue that the previous games also suffered, the ending is not satisfying, it's something there just to create demand for the next game, it makes your quest feel futile and meaningless, it's nowhere as bad as in Risky's Revenge, but it's still pretty bad.
    the ending should make a player feel at least some satisfaction to the player after all their efforts, it's a reward for all the trouble they went into. instead it's just another typical wayforward ending "oh hey, thanks for playing. bye. we'll let you know when to send me money again."
    it's especially frustrating because Shantae's dad appears in the game but they keep him as a dark silloute to build hype for the next game

    Wayforward has been putting out some REALLY bad games in the last decade and they only get away with it because of their pixel art, if people could look away from the graphics for a bit and actually focus on the actual game maybe that would get them to put some real effort into a game someday.

    the Shantae series has become meh at best, as it slowly drifts into the same crapyness as their licensed games.

    I'd give a higher grade for this game, but the fetish stuff many times got me to roll my eyes and just shut the game off, and that's really bad for a game so obviously pretentious ( but doesn't even know how to handle revelations or climatic moments in the plot properly ).
    it baffles me how much attention this game gets despite the previous game figuratively spitting in the face of players with the crappy gameplay and development. people are overly optimistic about this game and it feels like that positiveness is being misled and turning it into the illusion of it being something more than it really is.
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