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Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: Discover magical attacks, brew zombie coffee, save golden babies and master the art of belly dancing to transform Shantae into more powerful creatures. Use your powers to foil the lady pirate Risky Boots and save Sequin Land from certain doom.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 30, 2016
    90
    All told, Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is a solid update to the DSiWare classic.
  2. 85
    A clever, charming Metroidvania with some intense platforming bits, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut is a must play for fans of the genre.
  3. Mar 25, 2016
    70
    The DSi remains the truest platform for Shantae: Risky's Revenge, visually and ergonomically, but this Director's Cut edition is somehow a more accessible way to (re)discover the charms of our irresistible belly dancer.
  4. Apr 24, 2016
    70
    The almost total lack of direction in a game filled with backtracking and extended travel, is ultimately the game’s downfall.
  5. Apr 12, 2016
    70
    Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut does not stand out as much as its predecessor did, which is no shame as this is a game that features a good balance between exploration of locations and backtracking and Shantae's magic spells and transforming skills are delightful. It could go further on the boss fights and in terms of content but that doesn't stand on its way of being a very enjoyable game for those who like exploring and backtracking in a metroidvania style.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 27, 2016
    9
    This game NAILS everything. Art, characters, gameplay, story, variety, fun powerups, bosses, etc... get it! Forget Guacamelee, this is thisThis game NAILS everything. Art, characters, gameplay, story, variety, fun powerups, bosses, etc... get it! Forget Guacamelee, this is this best game on this genre. Expand
  2. Jun 23, 2016
    8
    Pirate's Curse is very much better, but this game still has some really great charm. One section is filled with directionless need forPirate's Curse is very much better, but this game still has some really great charm. One section is filled with directionless need for backtracking and shop items, which was pretty poorly designed and frustrating, hence the lower score. I also thought for a game called Risky's Revenge, there was a distinct lack of Risky. Other than that, this was honestly a very good game, especially for its age. Shantae is a hilariously underrated series. Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2016
    6
    Pirate's Curse was fun, but this is not.
    Progressing in the game requires getting items from caves randomly located around the game's map.
    Pirate's Curse was fun, but this is not.
    Progressing in the game requires getting items from caves randomly located around the game's map. You're rarely told where the items are, or what they're called beyond occasional cryptic hints.
    For example, you're told to go to dungeon C, but when you get there, there's a gap you can't cross. There's no one there, just a gap. You jump the gap, you die. Turns out you need a powerup that's next to dungeon B that's not mentioned. You might call this nonlinearity, but really it's just wandering around, hopefully going in the right direction and praying you enter the right cave with the right powerup.

    Oh and the port needs a map button like crazy. The DS version apparently uses the second screen as inventory, so you can just poke a map button. In this, it's only accessible from the pause menu and the second screen is not used.
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