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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: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 21, 2018
    90
    If you haven’t gotten around to it by now, this is certainly the best way to play Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse. Tight gameplay, detailed visuals, and charming writing combine to make this a Metroidvania that is a must play for any fans of this genre. We’d give this game a strong recommendation to anybody who hasn’t played it yet and would still encourage veterans to consider double dipping. Though there’s nothing groundbreaking about this re-release, it’s still the same great game that it was before, and the few minor additions are a nice bonus.
  2. Jul 4, 2018
    90
    This direct port of a previously-released game does not add anything remarkable other than the HD Rumble feature and as such, it remains the same magnificent game as the original: with a beautiful visual environment and very well implemented gameplay mechanics, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a wonderful game of the Metroidvania style that will keep players exploring and collecting for hours on end.
  3. Mar 21, 2018
    90
    Tight gameplay, detailed visuals, and charming writing combine to make this a Metroidvania that is a must play for any fans of this genre. We’d give this game a strong recommendation to anybody who hasn’t played it yet and would still encourage veterans to consider double dipping. Though there’s nothing groundbreaking about this re-release, it’s still the same great game that it was before, and the few minor additions are a nice bonus.
  4. Apr 9, 2018
    90
    On the whole, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a stylish and fun 2D platformer that fits as well, if not better, than it does on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Some of the backtracking may be a bit tedious for some and the save system in particular is less than desirable. These are only small criticisms in the grand scheme of things though because Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse as a whole is an absolute joy to play.
  5. May 3, 2018
    90
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is one of those games that can quickly put a smile on the player's face. Perhaps the reason for this is because it reminds us of some of the reasons that led - and still do - many of us to love videogames. Addictive gameplay, incredible soundtrack and charismatic characters. Yes, he is inspired by The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Castelvania and Metroid, but has his own charisma and charm and is very competent in what he proposes to do.
  6. Apr 4, 2018
    85
    Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a great platform game, resembling the metroidvania style and standing out for its great artistic design. The story is simple but fun, its charismatic characters and its sense of humor make it an essential within the genre.
  7. Mar 20, 2018
    78
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the very same game from 2014 (even from the graphical side), with few improvements, like rumble HD. A fast port that Shantae's hardcore fans and newcomers will enjoy, but for all those that already played it on 3DS, Wii U, PC or Xbox One, there are better options out there, like Half-Genie Hero (also on Switch).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Aug 5, 2021
    10
    ''I'm sure the core gameplay is decent somewhere buried deep below that insanely cheesy Disney Channel teenage Violetta-like style, but my''I'm sure the core gameplay is decent somewhere buried deep below that insanely cheesy Disney Channel teenage Violetta-like style, but my word, I just can't get through the thick veil of cartoony teenage Disney cheese. Jesus. Well, at least I've learned.''

    Dalsuk, you are an idiot. They aren't ''cheesy disney channel teenage violetta like style''. What's your brain iq? 0? And the ones with mixed reviews ''yellow'' are also retarded.
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  2. May 19, 2018
    10
    Lo juegue en PC pero puedo decir que es el mejor juego de shantae que hay.
    Lo mas seguro me termine comprando en Switch xD
  3. Sep 28, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game is a follow up to the previous title: Shantae Risky’s Revenge. I’d say this is the best game in the series! Although this is the only game where Shantae doesn’t have her belly dancing animal transformations, her Pirate Gear is awesome and makes it faster to pull off than dancing, so the game doesn’t lose it’s pace. The game starts off with a great hook and first stage. The dialogue is humorous and I enjoyed reading through it. Nice art. An iconic soundtrack made by Jake Kaufman. Unlocking Pirate Mode after finishing makes re-playability fun. The dungeons can feel repetitive at times and if you get lost in what your supposed to do next you’d have to talk your way around Scuttle Town for hints. Expand
  4. May 14, 2018
    8
    Un gran juego que ya viene completo y se disfruta muchisimo en modo portatil
  5. Aug 13, 2019
    8
    This game is a combination of platforming and metroidvania elements. Although I prefer "Shantae: Half-Genie Hero" ( which feels more like aThis game is a combination of platforming and metroidvania elements. Although I prefer "Shantae: Half-Genie Hero" ( which feels more like a traditional platformer) over this game, I still enjoyed "The Pirate's Curse" and had a lot of fun playing it. Fans of the Shantae series or platformer and metroidvania gamers in general would feel right at home with this game. A solid game which people should add to their Switch collection. Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2021
    7
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a nice game with stellar pixel art and a wonderful OST. However, the level designs are pretty bland and seemShantae and the Pirate's Curse is a nice game with stellar pixel art and a wonderful OST. However, the level designs are pretty bland and seem to focus more on being chunky setpieces than actual levels. Dungeons are over before they should be and many overworld areas are barren.

    When compared to other games of the genre of past and present, this one just feels average to me. But, it's a solid entry in one of gaming's best indie series.
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  7. Jun 18, 2020
    3
    I'm sure the core gameplay is decent somewhere buried deep below that insanely cheesy Disney Channel teenage Violetta-like style, but my word,I'm sure the core gameplay is decent somewhere buried deep below that insanely cheesy Disney Channel teenage Violetta-like style, but my word, I just can't get through the thick veil of cartoony teenage Disney cheese. Jesus. Well, at least I've learned. Expand

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