- More than fifty locations
- Five different transformations
- Three minigames
- Battery save (three slots)
- For Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance
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Tested and works. Cartridge only.
Shantae is a side-view adventure-quest game featuring a belly-dancing genie in search of a diabolical lady pirate named Risky Boots, who has stolen plans to a new invention. Shantae (the genie in question) can obliterate enemies with her whiplike hair, and shakes her booty to transform into different creatures. She must stop Risky and save the land from destruction. This Game Boy Color game also features special enhancements that come to life when played on the Game Boy Advance.
Shantae offers 75 fully animated enemies and 50 day and night areas. Each character's transformation is associated with a song. Players are challenged to make Shantae do a transformation dance by matching the notes and timing of the melody. There are also dozens of magical weapons, perplexing labyrinths, and treacherous boss characters. A secret room is unlocked when Shantae is played on a Game Boy Advance.
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Summary: It all began one day when the dread pirate Risky Boots attacked Scuttle Town and stolen the Steam Machine from Shantae's Uncle Mimic. So begins the quest to get the Machine back and save the day.
Controls: 4 stars
Mostly of the controls are tight, except when I'm dancing to transform (I don't know if it's just me being slow with the buttons or not).
Gameplay: Fun. Like I said it was worth it. However I had to download a 'fix software program' from the eshop located at the bottom of the game info, since I was running into problems earlier, the game runs like a charm now (so far).
Music: The music is so good that it pushes the GBC to its limits.
Results: I would buy the rest of the sequels later, once I'm done with this game. Since I heard that Wayforward does its best.
At first glance, Wayforward's sleeper hit only seems special because the few people who bought a copy says it is, especially since the original Game Boy Color cartridge is ridiculously scarce and expensive. Now that Shantae is available on Nintendo's eShop, there's no excuse not to find out for yourself.
The first of many whirlwind adventures, the game follows its half-genie hero as she works her magic on the villainous pirate Risky Boots. Borrowing mechanics from better-known platformers the game has players whipping foes with Shantae's hair, rounding up the gems they leave behind, and purchasing handy equipment and techniques. Collecting gems is a cakewalk once you master the 3 included minigames, which put your belly-dancing, gambling, and track & field skills to the test; navigating regions and dungeons teeming with baddies and traps is not. Yet another interesting feature is how the game shifts from day to night, making enemies stronger and uncovering new areas to explore.
Did I mention there's belly-dancing? Fun to watch but even better to perform yourself, different moves transform Shantae into different animals with their own unique abilities. Though necessary for overcoming certain obstacles, the timing and precision these dances require not only slow you down, but leave you vulnerable to attack. Worse yet, the player can't even defend himself in these forms unless special talismans are discovered. Perfect for those fast-paced boss battles. And because the overworld is one big donut-shaped continent, one often winds up literally walking around in circles while figuring where to go next.
Beyond those hurdles, one word that best describes the overall experience is 'engrossing'. As with any enjoyable title, Shantae is easy to pick up and hard to put down. Far be from me to use reviews to plug products, but with 2 more downloads for the 3DS/2DS and a console installment in the works, my collection just might get a little bigger.
This game is rated E for Everyone.
The play is multi-layred with over 50 locations to explore, many secrets to be discovered, money to be collected for buying fighting gear, and 3 mini-games. Shantae (a magical half-genie), can also learn dances that change her form. My favorite is the monkey, which lets you jump higher and climb walls. As you play, day turns to night and back again. It's a neat effect pulled off brilliantly in the graphics, but what makes it truly great is that it's not just for show. You actually need to expolre areas at night to gain certain power ups and even to gain access to a hidden level. That level can only be found if you play Shantae on the GBA. That's right, Way Foraward has included a hidden level for the GBA only!
I was also really impressed with the integration of the story. This is not a game where you read the booklet to know what's going on and what your motivation for playing is. As you play the game, scenes take place that will progress the story. Explaining why things are happening, who people are and where you need to go.
The only complaint I have is that the world is so huge, the levels so labyrinthine that I can't believe a map mode wasn't included. So I get lost often, but my wondering has helped me find a few hidden secrets. So it's it's ot all that bad.
Playing Shantae, I was reminded of other greats like Zelda and Castlevania. It's a terrific game that's shouldn't be missed. Buy it quickly though as there weren't many produced and games this good don't stay on teh shelves for long.