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  • Summary: Iconic genie Shantae is back in her most thrilling adventure yet! The award-winning 2D platforming series levels-up to stunning new heights thanks to an eye-popping new graphical style, an infectious soundtrack and incredible new game features. Transform into different creatures, danceIconic genie Shantae is back in her most thrilling adventure yet! The award-winning 2D platforming series levels-up to stunning new heights thanks to an eye-popping new graphical style, an infectious soundtrack and incredible new game features. Transform into different creatures, dance through dynamic, danger-filled stages, complete quests for friends and face-off against awesome screen-filling bosses in an action-packed thrill ride without equal.

    FEATURES:

    * The complete package! -- This Ultimate Edition contains the award-winning Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, plus three major expansions - Pirate Queen's Quest DLC, Friends To The End DLC and Costume Mode DLC -- all in one bumper package!

    * Day One Edition bonuses! -- Also includes the essential Shantae: Half-Genie Hero artbook, and the toe-tapping, 30-song Risky Beats soundtrack CD!

    * Incredible visuals! -- Eschewing the series' former pixel art look, 2D characters and 3D worlds combine seamlessly in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for the most beautiful platformer yet.

    * Peerless adventuring! -- Revisit stages with new transformation abilities and morph into a wacky range of creatures (elephants! crabs! mice!) to uncover deeply hidden secrets and unexplored areas.

    * Play as the full gang! -- Shantae's got company! Take control of popular co-stars Sky, Bolo, Rottytops and even series antagonist Risky Boots herself, and use each character's unique skills to journey through new storylines and scenarios long after Shantae's quest is over!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 15, 2018
    100
    No matter what, make it your business to download Half-Genie Hero on Switch today, as it’s not just the best Shantae yet, it’s also one of the best platformers on the system, period.
  2. 100
    It's time to broaden the horizons, but in the meantime, Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition is as good as platformers get on the Nintendo Switch.
  3. May 6, 2018
    90
    This game is fun for all ages and provides you with the opportunity to play as a female heroine for once in a while. She uses her hair as a weapon and transforms by belly dancing to save the world. Yes this is awesome.
  4. May 18, 2018
    85
    ​Shantae: Half- Genie Hero Ultimate Edition includes the basic version and all the numerous additional contents of the last few months.​
  5. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    80
    A treasure trove of tantalizing trials for players of every possible persuasion. [Issue #34 – July/August 2018, p.72]
  6. Aug 15, 2018
    80
    As a whole, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition is literally the complete package for fans of the series and genre enthusiasts. It's not the best platformer around, but it is a fun journey, especially with the additional DLC characters. I wish the developer would've embraced the Metroidvania aspects more, gotten more creative with some platforming segments, and included a few more environments for the DLC, but there is not much else I can hold against this truly fun platformer.
  7. Aug 10, 2018
    70
    Featuring additional content that includes some varied mechanics, as well as some recycled elements from before, this edition is certain to please those who did not get their hands on the original game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Jul 18, 2020
    9
    Shantae is a fun collect-a-thon platformer, with beautiful visual style, smooth game play and is an absolute joy to play.
    As a long term fan
    Shantae is a fun collect-a-thon platformer, with beautiful visual style, smooth game play and is an absolute joy to play.
    As a long term fan of the series I would recommend Half Genie hero as a jumping off point into the series as it captures what Shantae is as a series.
    Great fan service, fun story and game play with beautiful visual style.
    Highly recommend a purchase for new fans to the series.
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  2. May 19, 2018
    9
    La versión fisica es de la mejores que hay en switch.
    El juego es genial y sus DLC hacen super rejugable.
  3. Mar 24, 2019
    9
    A great platformer game with excellent graphics and gameplay. The Ultimate Edition is a bonus since it adds different ways to play the gameA great platformer game with excellent graphics and gameplay. The Ultimate Edition is a bonus since it adds different ways to play the game and extra story. Highly recommended if you are a platformer fan. Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2018
    8
    This game is a good jump n run with great visuals, good controls and nice soundtrack.
    The main campain is pretty short but combined with the
    This game is a good jump n run with great visuals, good controls and nice soundtrack.
    The main campain is pretty short but combined with the other modes you will get a solid play time for this.
    But if you played Shantae Pirate's Curse then you will realize that they made some steps backward, for example exploration here is more like super mario, Pirate's Curse was more like Metroid in exploration. Also the character interaction were better in Pirate's Curse.
    But overall it is a good game and worth your time.
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  5. May 26, 2018
    6
    Good:
    - Fantastic soundtrack that excels with a variety of genres
    - Great art style and smooth animations - Uses foreground, background,
    Good:
    - Fantastic soundtrack that excels with a variety of genres
    - Great art style and smooth animations
    - Uses foreground, background, and 3D space very effectively
    - Runs perfectly on the Switch

    Mixed:
    - Switching between forms is tedious, but it does add a lot of gameplay variety to an otherwise straightforward platformer
    - Boss fights are pretty imaginative, but being able to heal yourself in the middle of battle mitigates any real challenge
    - The DLC that comes with the Ultimate Edition adds some nice gameplay variation, but it really just boils down to running through the same stages, fighting through the same enemies, and beating the same bosses that are found throughout the campaign

    Bad:
    - Replaying the same levels over and over again to find secrets and progression items gets real old, real fast
    - The currency system is very easily exploitable
    - The story is all over the place; plays out as a series of seperate segments rather than a linear journey
    - The hint system is close to useless
    - Very weak final boss
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  6. Oct 23, 2018
    6
    Everything is just too simple in this game, it just can't compare to the other platforming giants on the system like Shovel Knight, DeadEverything is just too simple in this game, it just can't compare to the other platforming giants on the system like Shovel Knight, Dead Cells, Sonic Mania, and Hollow Knight. It sure does look and sound nice though. Expand
  7. Dec 26, 2020
    0
    It’s pretty much Super Mario Bros but with unnecessary features that make it a lot less fun. One of the only reasons people play is probablyIt’s pretty much Super Mario Bros but with unnecessary features that make it a lot less fun. One of the only reasons people play is probably the overdone fan service. Expand

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