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  • Summary: The sequel to the critically acclaimed Shantae is here! Fans asked, and WayForward has answered with a powder keg of high-octane, hair-whipping, hip-shaking action available only on the Nintendo DSiWare service. Shantae: Risky's Revenge sets the bar even higher with thousands of frames ofThe sequel to the critically acclaimed Shantae is here! Fans asked, and WayForward has answered with a powder keg of high-octane, hair-whipping, hip-shaking action available only on the Nintendo DSiWare service. Shantae: Risky's Revenge sets the bar even higher with thousands of frames of animation, huge multi-sprite bosses and a quest so big it's bursting at the seams. Guide "half-genie" Shantae through haunted wastelands, burning deserts, enchanted forests, dripping caverns and deadly labyrinths. Discover magical attacks, brew zombie coffee, save golden babies and master the art of belly dancing to transform Shantae into more powerful creatures. Use your powers to foil the lady pirate Risky Boots and save Sequin Land from certain doom. With its infectious characters, flirtatious humor and deliciously outlandish action, Shantae: Risky's Revenge offers up all the hair-whipping, belly-dancing action you can handle. Expand
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  1. Oct 22, 2014
    50
    It’s built on solid foundations but obviously with a low budget. [10/2014, p.65]
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  1. Aug 24, 2014
    10
    I was one of those people who sat in front of the computer, counting down the time to when this would be released on PC. Risky's Revenge wasI was one of those people who sat in front of the computer, counting down the time to when this would be released on PC. Risky's Revenge was an excellent sequel to the original Shantae on GBC. The Director's Cut offers some neat bonuses and a new 'Magic' mode that adds more challenge to the game. Definitely recommend it. Whether you have played the original Dsi version or not, you should get the Director's Cut. 10/10 Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2014
    9
    A nice 2D action adventure game that has a cool protagonist, music that fits the environment and does not give too much info when trying toA nice 2D action adventure game that has a cool protagonist, music that fits the environment and does not give too much info when trying to find locations or items in the game. This is game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages because it does not have excessive cuss words, drugs, nudity or anything of the sort. The game is flirty but not to the point where it lacks class.

    The game could have had a more detailed map and it only has two labyrinths but it is still a great game.

    If you enjoyed action adventure games on the Genesis/SNES and don't mind GBA graphics, then this game is for you
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  3. Jul 27, 2014
    8
    Excellent little metroidvania! I played the entire game shortly after release and had a great time with it. The original version was for theExcellent little metroidvania! I played the entire game shortly after release and had a great time with it. The original version was for the DS. This is a port of the iOS version, which had an extra "magic" mode and enhanced cut-scene artwork. The gameplay runs at the original 4:3 aspect ratio, so you'll have black bars on the right/left of the screen. It scales nicely up to 1080p, though- very crisp pixels. There are no filters unfortunately, but you'll probably be sitting back with a controller, and it's really beautiful pixel art. The animation is great, too. I saw some people complaining that the pixel art wasn't totally redone in high res for PC, but I'm glad they kept the original presentation.

    Otherwise, very good music and fun gameplay that mixes melee and different types of magic attacks. Lots of exploration, looking for items, and backtracking. Some later parts get a bit confusing - especially the last dungeon. I got frustrated sometimes, but you can always check a guide online if you get lost.

    Overall, not quite as good as say Shovel Knight which I played the week before. But still a really worthy release for fans of 2D platformers on PC.
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  4. Nov 3, 2014
    6
    It features some pretty awe-inspiring Gameboy ADVANCE sprite work and though the music is tolerable at times, it doesn't really seem to hookIt features some pretty awe-inspiring Gameboy ADVANCE sprite work and though the music is tolerable at times, it doesn't really seem to hook me like other games in the same vein. Aquaria for instance has a much more memorable soundtrack, as well as Warioland IV and Monster World IV. Oh wow. I think I just found out why people thought this game was so well worth the wait! Yeah, its a mash-up of other 2D platformers, which is pretty hard not to do these days. Shantae has a variety of moves, but considering how far the original gameboy color game came in its overall complexity, this "successor" feels half-finished in many ways. For one the character portraits are appallingly ugly, its just not a very good art style whatsoever. Like I mentioned before, sprite quality is pretty good, but not much better than say a gameboy advance title which is rather disappointing. I'm getting pretty tired of people being handed money to make games that look like they could have come out almost 15 years ago (or worse 30 years ago). Its a cute game, a little on the short side and it basically just reminded me of Monster World IV, which is a much game to begin with. Expand