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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!

    * Flintlock Pistol (blast enemies and switches from afar)
    * Pirate Hat (glide on the wind using this enormous headwear)
    * Risky's Boots (run at super speeds! Chain your attacks as you dash through enemies & over lava)
    * Cannon (blast yourself into the air on a belch of black powder)

    Core Gameplay Components:

    * Whipping! Destroy monsters, topple bosses, and solve puzzles with your hair
    * Platforming! Run and jump through deviously designed levels
    * Exploring! Navigate a world of interconnected levels and Labyrinths
    * Belly Dancing! Dance with your Magic Lamp to suck up magic and items
    * Customizing! Earn new abilities, unlock stat-boosting artifacts, magic & costumes
    * Storytelling! Flirtatious characters and wonderfully off-beat humor
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 90
    Platforming is tight and varied, and the plot matches the lighthearted tone of the rest of the game. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a spirited little game, and by far the best 2D platformer on the PlayStation 4 to date.
  2. May 9, 2016
    85
    Shantae is a classic game in the right senses. It’s got a decent challenge, it’s fun, and seeing as it’s on almost every console now, there is no excuse not to try it.
  3. Apr 27, 2016
    84
    If you’re a fan of 2D retro platformers that test both your mental acuity and your thumb dexterity, then Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse should be right up your alley.
  4. Apr 23, 2016
    70
    A highly enjoyable platformer that doesn't take any risks. It's almost like comfort food in a way. You know what to expect, and it scratches that particular itch, but it's ultimately empty calories. Hopefully WayForward Technologies will take more chances and innovate with the next entry in the series, 'Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.'
  5. Apr 30, 2016
    70
    It is charming and fun, and continues on a road that fans want to be on. Although, the series has not differed much between the last game and this one, the game is worth buying, both if you are a long time fan, or someone who just wants a fun game to pass the time.
  6. Apr 27, 2016
    70
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse has many of the trappings of a fantastic Metroidvania game, but has a few notable flaws holding it back from greatness. For people who can't get enough of the genre, the game will likely serve as an enjoyable and light-hearted diversion, but for gamers looking for a Metroid substitute on the PS4, there are better options like Axiom Verge or Guacamelee! already available on the system.
  7. May 1, 2016
    60
    There are no secrets and nothing cool to find, just a frustrating design mechanic of incessantly backtracking through areas you have already completed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jul 7, 2016
    10
    I played the original Shantae and Risky's Revenge on PC, and so far this is the best Shantae game. While it still retains the same old-schoolI played the original Shantae and Risky's Revenge on PC, and so far this is the best Shantae game. While it still retains the same old-school sprite graphics (which may look a little iffy to some on a big TV screen) it still doesn't mean the game holds up gameplay-wise, and I for one still enjoy it's sprite-based charm. The story, while cliché, is still loaded with plenty of humor and quirks and is overall a great platformer. Expand
  2. May 13, 2016
    9
    A wonderful Metroidvania inspired adventure. It could use a HD sprite overhaul, but I found the pixelated graphics charming. I played thisA wonderful Metroidvania inspired adventure. It could use a HD sprite overhaul, but I found the pixelated graphics charming. I played this originally on a DS, but the new additions made it worth a second play-through. Expand
  3. May 29, 2016
    9
    Un plataformas 2D con gotitas de Metroidvania bonito, desafiante sin caer en lo imposible, simpático pero sobre todo divertido. Con un sentidoUn plataformas 2D con gotitas de Metroidvania bonito, desafiante sin caer en lo imposible, simpático pero sobre todo divertido. Con un sentido del humor y una personalidad propias en una IP que parece haber encontrado un lugar en el corazón de los aficionados a los plataformas retro. Si la cuarta entrega es la mitad de buena que esta, desde luego pueden contar conmigo. Expand
  4. Jan 10, 2017
    8
    This sequel is a major upgrade in terms of gameplay, lenght and humor. Risky's revenge confusing map system has been overhauled, and so doesThis sequel is a major upgrade in terms of gameplay, lenght and humor. Risky's revenge confusing map system has been overhauled, and so does the airborne combat, it feels more organic and responsive. Music is a major improvement aswell, and listening to previous themes in this new version of the game adds a lot of life to Pirate's Curse OST. Characters are still simple, but their dialogue is more elavorated and the charming humor has been emphatised, while still retaining its charming sprites and pixel art.

    Make no mistake, it's a great game, a very charming one.
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  5. May 13, 2016
    4
    Game play is ok and the game i thought would be looking good, however on a big screen it's just awful and i should have taken this on a vitaGame play is ok and the game i thought would be looking good, however on a big screen it's just awful and i should have taken this on a vita or 3ds. Definitively not nice enough on a ps4 too oldy in the visual aspect to get my consideration. Expand