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Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 5 out of 50
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  1. Dec 20, 2016
    10
    If there were one word to describe Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, it would be magical. The atmosphere this game creates backs that statement up. If you are unfamiliar with the Shantae series, they fall under the Metroidvania genre; a 2D, exploration based puzzle platformer. The controls are tight, the music is fun, the graphics are gorgeous, and the story is charming as heck; this all makes forIf there were one word to describe Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, it would be magical. The atmosphere this game creates backs that statement up. If you are unfamiliar with the Shantae series, they fall under the Metroidvania genre; a 2D, exploration based puzzle platformer. The controls are tight, the music is fun, the graphics are gorgeous, and the story is charming as heck; this all makes for a masterpiece of a game. I want to touch up on the graphics a bit; simply put, this is one the most beautiful games I have ever played. On par with the games made with the Ubi Art engine (Rayman Legends, Child of Light), the style breaths life into the game. Backgrounds and platforms are beautifully hand drawn and shaded in a vector / watercolor style. Character models are drawn similarly, but with an extra dimension added to make them come alive. The game performs very well, with little slowdowns. Unfortunately it is not locked at 60 frames per second, as I encountered a few frame rate drops here and there during hectic sequences, but nothing that detracted from my experience.

    For $20 bucks and a 6-12 hour story with plenty of replayability, buy this game. It is a masterpiece, and any gamer will be doing themselves a disservice by not giving it a try.
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  2. Dec 20, 2016
    6
    Shantae Half Genie Hero
    Shampoo simulator.
    The game starts with a cryptic message from the genie realm. There’s a dark force wanting to use the genie magic for evil. And naturally it’s up to you, Shantae to save the day. This is a metroidvania styled 2d platformer… But unfortunately the emphasis is on the metroidvania part and not the platforming this was my first Shantae game and
    Shantae Half Genie Hero
    Shampoo simulator.
    The game starts with a cryptic message from the genie realm.
    There’s a dark force wanting to use the genie magic for evil.
    And naturally it’s up to you, Shantae to save the day.
    This is a metroidvania styled 2d platformer…
    But unfortunately the emphasis is on the metroidvania part and not the platforming
    this was my first Shantae game and it immediately made a great impression…
    The game doesn’t take itself seriously it all…
    It’s hilarious...
    I was laughing throughout my journey
    You’re first tasked with going to save this village being attacked by pirates and it’s a fairly enjoyable experience.. A great tutorial level...
    Learning your willow smith styled combat whipping your hair back and forth, collecting gems along your way to spend at shops for new attacks like fireballs... and taking out your first boss…
    Then you get back to town with the stolen blueprints.. Your uncle works on this machine to stop this dark force and in the meantime you go help the town’s people…
    Don’t let the colorful, happy first level fool you…
    This is when the game really starts...
    This is a fetch quest trade Item a for item b and then item b for item c and item c for item you get the point…
    You trade items for other items you need to progress through the story and build this machine…
    The search for these items will take you to different levels in the world…
    and sadly there are only 6.. yet reaching the end is going to take you around 7 hours…
    Because this game forces a rinse and repeat gameplay loop…
    There’s an insane difficulty spike from level one to level 2.. Its brutal…
    Explore these levels for new upgrades and new magic forms to reach new areas of the other levels…
    The game relies on this to offer any bit of substance…
    It wants the player to revisit each of the 6 levels numerous times and it isn’t as simple as waiting until you hit a hard boss or level and going to explore for something to help you…
    No, the items requested in these trade deals are in a level you already beat in an area previously inaccessible… but is now accessible thanks to your new transformation
    its basically get ability in level 1 to reach an ability in level 2
    Use level 2s ability to reach an ability in level 1 to get to an ability in level 3 that you need to get to an item in level 2…
    Its constant back and forth between the same 4 levels.
    None of which are fun to re explore…
    And only 1 being fun the first time... that being level 1 with the pirates…
    That isn’t to take away from the gameplay though... its fun…
    There’s a variety of forms shantae can switch into like a monkey to climb walls, and a mermaid to swim under water…. And there are a handful of moments where you have to switch through these forms platforming and attacking…
    These are the best moments in the game…
    But getting from checkpoint to checkpoint isn’t so fun….
    the checkpoints are extremely inconsistent and frustrating…
    Their placements make 0 sense.
    There are very challenging moments in this game with no checkpoints in sight that if you slip up once you’re going to have to redo.. While the simplest and shortest platforming sections will be sandwiched in between 2…
    I’d much rather have a shovel knight system where the checkpoint is placed randomly in level rather than when you exit an area…
    Especially in the volcano level
    there’s an extremely cheap spot in that level that will definitely test your patience as it seems illogical to the games mechanics and feels like something you’ll need to get lucky with to pass
    Shantae the half Genie heroes is a charming game, it’s an addictive and fun game…
    But it’s a shallow experience padded with forced replays.
    I Give Shantae Half Genie Hero
    a 6.5/10
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  3. Dec 20, 2016
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Apoye este juego en por medio de Kickstarter, durante mucho tiempo solo tenía noticias esporádicas del juego, pero valio la pena, simplemente es un juegazo, como juego de plataformas es muy divertido, ya conforme se vayan adquiriendo nuevos poderes se puede ir descubriendo nuevos lugares, el juego invita a explorarlo todo, literalmente es una pasada. Los enemigos no son fáciles, hay momentos donde pueden lo pueden poner a uno en serios aprietos para continuar, pero tampoco trata de poner un techo muy alto a la dificultad de manera que lo convierta en un juego imposible.

    La música es preciosa, simplemente jueguen la primera pantalla y verán lo que digo, hay ciertas partes donde se puede escuchar la voz de la protagonista, las transformaciones molan bastante el personaje esta diseñado para que transmita una sensación de ternura, pero ojo, que es la chica es una autentica fiera a la hora de luchar.

    Gráficamente luce hermoso por todo lado, con muchos detalles, siempre va fluido, no se si a 60fps, pero si me preguntan si los debe de correr ya que se mantiene un movimiento constante, y sin que se perciba ningún problema con el movimiento. En el camino hay proyectos en kickstarter que decepcionan un poco al materializarse como sucedio con Mighty no9, pero con este juego es todo lo contrario, aquí se ve la seriedad con que Wayfoward ha hecho este juego, es que lo han cuidado en todo o casi todo mas adelante los explicare un poco mejor. Si me preguntan si valió, digo que si, sin pensarlo dos veces. Ojala que lo apoyen, por que para mi vale la pena, hay pocos juegos en el mercado en el cual se cuidan de dar al jugar una buena experiencia dando su maximo esfuerzo, son pocas las compañías que hacen este tipo de joyas y creo que hay que valorarlas.

    El unico aspecto negativo que le he encontrado a este juego es la traducción al español, ya que los NPCs tratan a Shantae cuando hablan con ella como si fuera un personaje masculino, y hay uno que otro error gramatical. No es algo que nuble al juego, pero es algo que podrían mejorar a futuro.
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  4. Dec 20, 2016
    8
    Shantae is back again! And it is just as fun as it used to be. Shantae returns in this sequel in the same form as the other games:With belly dancing, and hair whipping. The combat is fluid, and it feels very responsive. As we watch her whip, we watch her eigh neigh as she transforms into other entities to do battle and explore.

    The metroidvania element is not as prominent here, but it
    Shantae is back again! And it is just as fun as it used to be. Shantae returns in this sequel in the same form as the other games:With belly dancing, and hair whipping. The combat is fluid, and it feels very responsive. As we watch her whip, we watch her eigh neigh as she transforms into other entities to do battle and explore.

    The metroidvania element is not as prominent here, but it is there. The game replaces dungeons with extremely long levels and it was always vibrant and colorful. for 30$ this was well worth the buy
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  5. Dec 20, 2016
    8
    Maybe I'm not the most suited person to make a review of this game because I'm a huge fan of the Shantae Series since I discovered them (and I haven't finished it yet, so my judgment is based on the first hours of the game); but I needed to say a pair of things about this game.
    First, I love the music, the smooth animation and I have laughed a lot with some funny moments and details on
    Maybe I'm not the most suited person to make a review of this game because I'm a huge fan of the Shantae Series since I discovered them (and I haven't finished it yet, so my judgment is based on the first hours of the game); but I needed to say a pair of things about this game.
    First, I love the music, the smooth animation and I have laughed a lot with some funny moments and details on the background; but the spanish translation of the game... It's unbelievable awful.
    Spanish is my mother tongue and I'm afraid that we can't say the same about the ones that made the spanish location. Huge errors as switching the gender in the conversations (Shantae and Risky are often referred as boys and Bolo once as a girl), literal translations that doesn't have any sense in spanish and even words not translated at all (in the item shop some item descriptions include the word "Magia" and others just "Magic" in perfect english.)
    With a translation so poorly done I would prefer to have the game in english. At least I could then have understood some parts too bad translated to be read; but that option it's not available.
    Please, if someone of Wayforward read this, please, fix the spanish translation in a future patch.
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  6. Dec 21, 2016
    10
    The last masterpiece of 2D action games in 2016.
    Improved music and sound, graphics, stage design and character animation are all excellent.
    Simple difficulty is rather an advantage of the game.
    I hope the series will continue to come.
  7. Jan 1, 2017
    5
    very disappointed, worts shantae game to date. Its clear thatthe transiction to 3d build lacked the polish of the 2d titles and it feels like a totally different team was in charge of it. It looks like those poor infie titles so badly put toguether that even simple things as screen changing feels disconected. The save system is a joke. The standing animation kf the main character isvery disappointed, worts shantae game to date. Its clear thatthe transiction to 3d build lacked the polish of the 2d titles and it feels like a totally different team was in charge of it. It looks like those poor infie titles so badly put toguether that even simple things as screen changing feels disconected. The save system is a joke. The standing animation kf the main character is totally overdone and level design is a huge letdown... Expand
  8. Dec 27, 2016
    8
    I would give this game a 10 if not for 2 issues.

    #1 It glitched out and crashed on me in the bat transformation room. After getting it, I jumped off to check for secrets and got stuck below the room.

    #2 The character design is a bit less sexy, and more cutesy. The art for Pirate's Curse was tops imo.
  9. Jan 3, 2017
    10
    I'm a big fan of the Shantae series. Got this on launch day and was not disappointed. Gameplay wise, It plays the best out of all the game in my opinion. The transformations are smooth and cool, and the classic hair-whipping is still there, and it's still satisfying. This game plays more like a traditional platformer as opposed to other games, which may be a positive or negative for some.I'm a big fan of the Shantae series. Got this on launch day and was not disappointed. Gameplay wise, It plays the best out of all the game in my opinion. The transformations are smooth and cool, and the classic hair-whipping is still there, and it's still satisfying. This game plays more like a traditional platformer as opposed to other games, which may be a positive or negative for some. This does make backtracking a little boring at times, but the game isn't long enough to the point that it would be much of a hassle. Overall, great game. Expand
  10. Jan 4, 2017
    8
    Si Pirate's Curse no existiera, sin duda nos encontraríamos ante el mejor título de la saga Shantae. De hecho, la única pega que puedo encontrarle es que no ofrece tanto contenido ni profundidad como aquel, y en la comparación pierde.

    Pero como juego independiente, nos encontramos con un señor plataformas, excepcionalmente bien diseñado, entretenido, y con un apartado audiovisual
    Si Pirate's Curse no existiera, sin duda nos encontraríamos ante el mejor título de la saga Shantae. De hecho, la única pega que puedo encontrarle es que no ofrece tanto contenido ni profundidad como aquel, y en la comparación pierde.

    Pero como juego independiente, nos encontramos con un señor plataformas, excepcionalmente bien diseñado, entretenido, y con un apartado audiovisual simplemente perfecto. Idóneo para empezar en la saga, y un fanservice de calidad de cara a los mas veteranos en esta.
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Awards & Rankings

Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jan 17, 2017
    80
    Unfortunately, Half-Genie Hero isn't Shantae's finest moment but that doesn't mean that it isn't a great game. Any 2D platformer fan should definitely pick it up as it's one of the genre's best.
  2. 80
    Channeling its Metroidvania roots, Shantae offers newcomers and genre aficionados alike a taste of what made the genre so great back when it was new and uncharted while offering plenty of upgrades to keep the journey feeling progressive.
  3. Jan 10, 2017
    80
    Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a highly familiar, yet fresh take on 2D platforming, and the results are a game I can easily imagine scaled down to 16-bit on a Sega Genesis. A nostalgia hound for the 90s will find a lot to love with this game, from the gameplay down to the look, feel, and story it presents. Far from perfect, but charming beyond its expectations, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is wonderfully fun.