When it comes to video game remasters and ports, there are those that feel pretty half-baked, and there are those like Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut. This upgraded edition of the second game within the acclaimed Shantae series launches today for the Xbox One and Switch, and it is bringing a bevy of alterations and upgrades with it.
If you are new to the Shantae series, all you need to know is that Shantae is a half-genie hero with the magical ability to transform into different animals. Oh, and she can whip just about any baddie she meets with her ponytail. Willow Smith does not have anything on this purple-haired protagonist.
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In Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, Shantae’s notorious, pirate foe Risky Boots has returned and stolen a mysterious lamp from Shantae’s Uncle Mimic. It is then that you and Shantae must travel through a host of platforming levels and puzzles to retrieve the stolen lamp. Just make sure that you defeat any pirate goon that stands in your way.
Compared to the original release of the game in 2010, this edition will have a new map, new warp system, trading cards, and an entirely new Magic Mode. This new way to experience the campaign must be unlocked, but it will offer a new challenge for more hardcore fans as it cuts Shantae’s defense in half. On the plus side, it will also give Shantae a lot more magical power to even the odds.
Along with the game’s new set of features, it will still be the game that fans of the series would expect. That means the same great soundtrack, snappy gameplay, and pixel perfect visuals. If you are a big fan of pixel animation done well, you could do a whole lot worse than Shantae: Risky’s Revenge. Especially when it comes to the game’s exceptional boss fights.
- Experience Shantae’s acclaimed second adventure, now on Switch and Xbox One!
- Journey across magical Sequin Land, from scorching deserts to the ocean depths!
- Meet colorful characters such as Sky, Bolo, Uncle Mimic, and Rottytops!
- Dance to transform into a monkey, an elephant, and a mermaid, each with unique abilities!
- Detailed pixel-art graphics and sensational soundtrack!
- Explore puzzle-filled labyrinths and overcome challenging bosses!
- Discover numerous spells and upgrades!
- Unlockable Magic Mode with an alternate costume!
Eager to shake your hips and defeat a gaggle of pirates? For £8.39 on the Xbox Store, all of that and more will be yours. You’ll also find it over on the Nintendo eShop. If you have any questions or just want to share your excitement with us, write to us in the comments below.
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut is a powder keg of high octane, hair-whipping, hip shaking action! Winner of IGN’s Game of the Year and Metacritic’s highest rated game of 2010, this enhanced classic features thousands of frames of animation and huge multi-sprite bosses. Guide Half-Genie Shantae through burning deserts, enchanted forests, dripping caverns and deadly labyrinths. 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! With its infectious characters, flirtatious humor, and deliciously outlandish action, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge offers up all the hair-whipping, belly-dancing action you can handle! Now with new features, including unlockable Magic Mode and rebalanced gameplay.