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- Shantae's Trademark Belly Dance Moves Return - Dance to transform into all-new (and fan favorite) creatures; 8 transformations and over a dozen dances to master
- New Relic System - Unlock new powers and customize Shantae's move set for a platforming experience uniquely tailored to your own gameplay style
- Conquer Arcade-Style Action Stages - Beat the boss, then find new items and secrets by way of the new abilities and transformations you've learned, linking Sequin Land into a fully explorable world
- Huge Bosses, Humorous Dialogue - Become reacquainted with the cast of Shantae in full HD, with exquisitely detailed sprites, immersive 2.5D backdrops, wonderfully off-beat dialogue, and nonstop action
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Shantae embarks on her first full HD adventure! After three highly successful outings with Shantae, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, and Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, Shantae and her friends finally get a full HD console-based sequel! Boasting vivid, detailed high-definition graphics that retain the 2D hand-drawn sprites the series is known for, this newest entry in the Shantae series almost looks like a playable TV show! Presented as a stage-based 2.5D platformer with heavy exploration elements, Shantae uses her trademark Hair-Whip Attack to dispatch enemies, then takes advantage of her Belly Dance Magic to transform into 8 different forms that each have their own unique abilities and move sets. As new forms are mastered, old stages can be re-explored to unearth new items and secrets, ensuring there's plenty of content on offer for novices and platforming gurus alike. Topple the villainous Baron behind each criminal caper afflicting Sequin Land, and prepare for the ultimate showdown against Shantae's arch-nemesis: that bodacious buccaneer, Risky Boots!
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I missed this game when it was a Kickstarter project (which still kinda sucks), but when I first learnt about this game, I was really hoping that it would return to its metroidvania roots. Instead, I got a game that has "world hubs" and short levels.
Don't get me wrong, this game is still very fun and the visuals/music are stellar, but I was really hoping for more metroidvania-style gameplay. Also, this game has too many transformations, in my opinion. In the original Shantae, animal transformations were used primarily as a means to puzzle-solving in dungeons (oh yeah, 1/2 Genie Hero doesn't have dungeons), but the amount of transformations you need to do in this game gets rather tiresome after a while.
There is also a lot of backtracking, which is typically okay for me in a metroidvania-style game (like Axiom Verge), but it gets rather boring in this game, due to the world "hubs."
Now that I have all the gripes out of my system, I can talk more about the positives. Like I said earlier, it's a very fun game with amazing visuals/music. This game has the same Shantae "feel" of the other games. If you've played the other games, you'll like 1/2 Genie Hero. The addition of the music track CD is a nice touch. All in all, I think it's worth the cash. If it were $60, I wouldn't be so sure.
TL;DR - 1/2 Genie Hero, while a very beautiful and fun game, falls a little short when it came to my own subjective expectations. The amount of transformations and backtracking gets a little tedious and tiresome, but it's not a deal-breaker. If you already like Shantae, or platformers in general, you'll like this game.
If you're familiar with Shantae's world, Half-Genie is really fun to play, stunningly beautiful and fluid and fun, while keeping some level of platforming difficulty.
On the other hand, while some platforming may make you throw your controller/console out of rage, the game is usually too easy : money is easy to get and very soon you've got yourselves all the items from the item shop, which makes you overpowered. You don't even have to worry nor think of a strategy for some boss fights, you're just trading blows and heal yourself, something that is just inconceivable in "Pirate's Curse".
Also, while transformations are usually used enough to justify them, the sonar skill and the spider transformation are used just once each (you may transform into a spider more often if you please, but it's only required once by the game).
Also, the story is not super developed and the whole game is a bit too straightforward. Enjoyable, but lacks a bit of depth.
In this episode, Shantae's series truly shows its affiliation with the Metal Slug series, a feeling that I had already with the previous episode, but that became truly obvious with this one, thanks to the very fluid animation and high-quality graphics that let you enjoy more of some goofy backgrounds (the mermaid factory comes to mind).
If you're already a fan of the series, you will enjoy meeting the characters again. If you're not already acquainted with them, you may want to start with Pirate's Curse (Risky's Revenge is not really a great game and doesn't give you much of a story either) to enjoy this one even more.
best fun i had in the last 2 years its cheerful and funny characters with hilarious dialogs at times
gameplay is smooth with each transformation gives a distinct need to explore more of each level and 100% makes it also extra fun .
omg the music is just super amazing as its super catchy , this also comes with a disk that has some of the games tracks but not all
the extra modes are worth playing too as well as the free BJ mode also keeps you coming for more
honestly this game is a timeless as platformer and well made , any system you play this game it'll be worth it even this Wii U version