Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse initially released in October 2014. For me, it is one of those games that I’d never heard of before. It has not got the exposure like some other games have had over the last three or four years.
This is a real shame as the game is one of those little rare hidden gems. That deserves a bit more attention from the world.
What’s about Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse About?
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a 2D platformer/RPG set in the mystical world of Sequin Land. It is developed by Wayforward Technologies and is the third game in the Shantae series. Previous entries were Shantae (Game Boy Color – 2002) and Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (2010). the newest instalment is Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (2016)
The game sees you play as half-genie Shantae. She must save Sequin Land from the Pirate Master. to do this she requires the help from her foe, Risky Boots.
The game is created in 16-bit style graphics which is detailed enough. They add to the atmosphere of the game just like the previous games. As the motto goes, if it’s not broken don’t fix it.
It’s a colourful affair with plenty of variety from forests to palaces to caves and ice lands. Each environment has its own enemies to be defeated. I must stress though, that enemies respawn once you move back and forth between screens. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good because areas rarely ever feel empty but the downside is that it can become a bit annoying having to keep killing off the enemies, especially the more frustrating ones.
Characters are well designed with lots of character. There are also many NPCs throughout the game that can be spoken to even if it’s just for a little chit chat.
The gameplay of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse reminds me very much of the Tombi games from way back on the Playstation One. Whereby you speak to a character, they need something, you explore the levels, find the item take it back to the character that sent you on your expedition and then move on to the next quest in the game. All the while defeating the baddies of the world. For me, it’s a very enjoyable game that draws you in.
The controls are great allowing you to control the character fluidly through the game. This fluidity and pace of the game never makes you feel like it’s a chore, especially when you die and need to make your way back to where you were. This is also complemented by save points that are never too far away. Tip: Just remember to save often.
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse Review Conclusion
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a must buy, especially for younger children. It’s great to see developers are making child-friendly games still. It just seems like they get missed more often than not unless you own a Nintendo console.