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Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut (pc game)
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Harking back to the classic 16-bit platform era as typified by Earthworm Jim and Aladdin, this sequel to Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a fun, charming little game that is good for short bouts of action. It's far from a classic though, so unless you really love your platformers, you can probably skip this. Here, you'll find yourself once again in control of Shantae, the half genie as she explores a wide range of exotic environments, including haunted wastes, burning deserts and enchanted forests. You get to use a range of interesting skills and abilities, including magical attacks, brewing zombie coffee, and belly dancing, with this latter skill allowing you to transform into more powerful creatures, all the better to face the various beasties as. The whole thing plays out a little bit like a simpler version of Castlevania, with a mix of platforming, exploration and combat and which use some very nice 2D artwork. Shantae certainly isn't a classic, but for the most of its running time, it is quite fun in an undemanding sort of way. The big appeal here is the graphics, which are admittedly superb. The lovely, chunky sprites and environments really bring back memories of the golden age of platformers, and are very much in the vein of Treasure's classics. In terms of gameplay, well, it's enjoyable enough but with a few quirks that mean it's not as great as it could be. It's quite a short game, so don't expect to be playing for weeks, while some of the level design and enemy placement is a little off. It's not overly challenging either, so take a look by all means, but don't expect to be blown away.