I have loved Shantae since the first moment I saw her purple ponytail and playful sashay. Who wouldn’t? Most people missed her debut game back in 2002 but that did not stop some fans from calling for her return each year. WayForward Technologies listened and granted wishes with Shantae: Risky’s Revenge and then Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. After all that, they still were not ready to give up on their adorable half-genie and came to fans with their next project. That is why WayFoward Technologies launched the Kickstarter project for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Now it has been two years and we are seeing progress on the latest Shantae.
Shantae games have always looked great, but now the graphics have an even better look. The 2D art style practically pops out of the screen and shows off a wonderful, colorful world in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Anyone who has never played a Shantae series game before may be surprised to note that it has always looked quite good. From the original Game Boy Color version until now the game artists continue to prove they are masters of video game artwork and animation. Enemy designs look super silly but can still pose a threat if you’re not careful!
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s gameplay is very similar to what fans have come to know and love. Shantae is a half-genie, which means she is capable of using her skills to use magic and change into various creatures. In order to transform, she must do her little dance. Once she’s dancing, there is a screen which pops up to let you select transformations. There were only two available in the demo, but each featured some pretty cool abilities. One transformation is a monkey while the other is a spider. Both purple and totally adorable, they each have special abilities which make them perfect for specific situations.
For example, the tiny purple monkey can climb on walls and jump high in the air. It can reach platforms which Shantae herself cannot in her normal form. Climbing the sides of walls is also helpful in sticky situations when she needs to get away from monsters. The spider transformation is slow but can shoot webbing. This web allows her to climb on ceilings or underneath other platforms. After an upgrade, the spider transformation can even shoot projectiles to stop enemies in their tracks. Shantae is no slouch at platforming or battling by herself either. Her trusty hair whip is back again, of course. Platforming is smooth and simple just the way fans like it.
It has been a long wait for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero to come out, but that wait is almost over with WayForward announcing the game is coming on September 27. This is only a few months away now and should please fans tremendously. No matter what platform you own, it is likely you can play, too. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming out on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.