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  • Summary: New locations, abilities, and friends await in Shantae's biggest adventure yet!

    Shantae and the Seven Sirens sends the belly-dancing, hair-whipping, half-genie hero to a tropical island where Shantae and her friends encounter other Half-Genie allies, but they soon learn there's trouble in
    New locations, abilities, and friends await in Shantae's biggest adventure yet!

    Shantae and the Seven Sirens sends the belly-dancing, hair-whipping, half-genie hero to a tropical island where Shantae and her friends encounter other Half-Genie allies, but they soon learn there's trouble in paradise. As Shantae gets caught up in the island's sinister secrets, she'll use all-new dance abilities and instant-transformation Fusion Magic to explore the nonlinear, interconnected world where she'll visit multiple towns, overcome treacherous labyrinths, and battle dastardly bosses. The game also features a new collectible card system that grants players the freedom to augment Shantae's powers to suit their own style of play.

    Key Features:

    * Explore an interconnected world using new Fusion Magic creature transformations, including a newt and other aquatic forms!
    * 4K-resolution hand-painted visuals (on 4K devices only)!
    * All-new characters and returning favorites like Rottytops, Sky, Bolo, and the nefarious Risky Boots!
    * Collect and power up with monster cards!
    * Enjoy minigames, acquire magic and items, and uncover secrets!
    * Gorgeously animated TV-style cutscenes!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 16, 2020
    90
    Shantae and the Seven Sirens represents the very best this charming series of 2D platformers has to offer, offering fun exploration and cool abilities in spades.
  2. Jun 5, 2020
    85
    Shantae and the Seven Sirens experiments with the metroidvania genre within the series. Some traditional elements of the franchise have been streamlined to reach a new audience, but the experience is still entertaining and one of the best installments in the Shantae series.
  3. Jun 10, 2020
    85
    Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a cute game with funny dialogue and clever puzzles that are interspersed with great mini-games that draw you into the story world at every turn.
  4. Jun 4, 2020
    80
    Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a good game for those who want some fun time in a Metroidvania game. The game style returns to the series origins while bringing several quality of life improvements that make the gameplay smoothier. Besides being too easy and having loading screens that show up too often, the game experience is still really enjoyable, and everyone who likes either Shantae's games or Metroidvania games should definitely spend a few hors with Shantae in this tropical paradise.
  5. Jun 9, 2020
    80
    All in all, Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a well-made and enjoyable addition to the franchise. The gameplay is stronger than ever, and it retains pretty much everything the series was known for, both good and bad. The only thing that makes it difficult to recommend is the low difficulty level, but if you don't mind an easy time, then it will do the job nicely. Wayforward has shown increasing confidence and capabilities with each passing Shantae game, and Seven Sirens gives me a lot of hope for its next one.
  6. Jun 8, 2020
    80
    Shantae has been weaving her magic for nearly 20 years and still feels distinctive amidst the sea of other platformers. Her latest romp might not feel quite as fresh as Half-Genie Hero, but it’s still a worthwhile, highly entertaining adventure.
  7. Jun 22, 2020
    50
    None of this is to say Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a bad game. In fact, it's a decent game for the younger audience, newcomers, and anyone that isn't expecting Shantae to evolve. Strictly from the perspective of someone that has played many games in the series and is eager for something different, though, this disappoints on many fronts. Uninspiring and rarely ever surprising, with little to make the player feel like they've earned anything, what is left is a generic Shantae game that is like any other before it, crying out for change and originality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Jun 13, 2020
    10
    Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a blast, maybe a bit easy, but a very fun time nonetheless.
  2. Jan 28, 2021
    9
    Great humor as always, the gameplay is kind of a nice mix between the pirates curse and HGH style.
  3. Jun 5, 2020
    9
    Pros:
    -Amazing level design and character designs with good controls.
    -An interesting story with funny dialogs and characters. -Fast
    Pros:
    -Amazing level design and character designs with good controls.
    -An interesting story with funny dialogs and characters.
    -Fast transformations that are fun to use.
    -Amazing new artwork with and astonish opening cinematic.
    Cons:
    -Transformations don't have as good designs as the characters and they seem like regular animals.
    -Opening intro is amazing but makes the other cinematics look plain in comparison.
    -The loading screens between zones are long and can take up to 2 minutes each and since you are moving from one section to the other you see them quite a lot.
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  4. Sep 11, 2020
    8
    While Seven Sirens feels the most safe and rigid of the Shantae series, it is also the most polished. Platforming, exploring, and presentationWhile Seven Sirens feels the most safe and rigid of the Shantae series, it is also the most polished. Platforming, exploring, and presentation are excellent. While it doesn't reach the height of Pirate's Curse, it's still worth getting lost in. A solid entry in one of the premier metroidvania series is still a cut above the rest. Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2020
    8
    As a fan of the series, this game hit all the right spots for me. Metroidvania? Check. Solid gameplay? Double check. Fun dialogue? Check. I doAs a fan of the series, this game hit all the right spots for me. Metroidvania? Check. Solid gameplay? Double check. Fun dialogue? Check. I do miss doing dances to transform, but I have to admit just instantly transforming to do certain actions was much more convenient and overall improved the gameplay. As far as the story goes, I'd say it's a pretty close second to Pirate's Curse. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2021
    7
    It looks and plays like a fun platformer. I just wanted to get that out of the way: I enjoyed it, despite the high price for what it is. It'sIt looks and plays like a fun platformer. I just wanted to get that out of the way: I enjoyed it, despite the high price for what it is. It's very accessible (although honestly the awkward and padded fetch quests were occasionally poorly signposted, but talking to characters in town usually meant they'd direct you.)

    It's just very odd and mediocre. Its bloated array of obsolete upgrades is overdesigned and underutilised, and they fail to disguise the fact that almost all of them are just ways to cross barriers. The map has a surface bit, and some underground bits that are colour coded, that's all of its identity.

    I'm sure it won't disappoint younger players or anyone looking just for a more simple platformer, but it's not even the best Shantae game by a long way - and in terms of being a "metroidvania" it is right at the bottom of the barrel.
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  7. Nov 5, 2020
    3
    This game is not good. the challenge is almost nonexsistant because you become a walking death machine with the amount of money and gems youThis game is not good. the challenge is almost nonexsistant because you become a walking death machine with the amount of money and gems you get, the gameplay drags with a very vertical map. there are barely any unique extra collectibles making finding them a chore, the game over relias on the seer dance to find collectibles, making this a very Stop-Go, way of movement. the armor and mancave segments is nothing more than just eye-candy filler that impacts nothing to the story or gameplay, the sirens are such forgettable characters. this is just the worst Shantae game, and I hope Wayforward learns from this. but since this is a pretty unpopular opinion, I'll be pretty skeptical for the next shantae game. sure, this game works, shantae controls fine, but just because a game works doesn't mean it's good. just play Pirates Curse or Half Genie Hero instead. Expand

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