Shantae and the Pirate's Curse Reviews

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
4.5 / 5.0
Feb 15, 2015

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a fantastic game. It’s a celebration of platformer and role-playing games but it doesn’t particularly attempt to copy other games of either genre. I especially enjoyed how Sequin Land has a sense of connectedness, containing large environments brimming with secrets. It makes the world feel real. It’s certainly a unique experience in gameplay and it is packed with quality content. Once you make it through the first dungeon, you’ll be hooked until the end.

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4.2 / 5.0
Apr 27, 2016

If you’re a fan of 2D retro platformers that test both your mental acuity and your thumb dexterity, then Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse should be right up your alley.

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NZGamer
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2015

*Not actually scientifically proven, this is just hyperbole. I’d hope I don’t need to clarify this, but just in case...

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4.5 / 5.0
Dec 31, 2014

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse works just as well on a console as it did on a handheld.

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Renan Fontes
Top Critic
8 / 10
Mar 21, 2018

While Shantae and the Pirate's Curse may fall on the simple side when it comes to Metroidvanias, its simplicity winds up being one of its biggest strengths.

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B+
Oct 19, 2016

The best retro throwbacks rise above their influences to become something endearing of their own accord. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse does just that, with quality and production values that rival many AAA releases.

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GameSpew
Top Critic
7 / 10
Mar 18, 2016

…it’s plain to see that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a deep and instantly inviting adventure

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Jan 5, 2015

Brisk and almost effortlessly pleasing, WayForward's Shantae returns in her richest adventure to date, with all of the personality intact.

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6 / 10
May 1, 2016

There are no secrets and nothing cool to find, just a frustrating design mechanic of incessantly backtracking through areas you have already completed

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4 / 5.0
Nov 28, 2014

The half-genie is back at last. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a fantastically fun game, although it doesn't bring anything new to the platformer genre.

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Az Elias
Top Critic
7 / 10
May 3, 2016

This is a fun, but relatively simple, Metroidvania - beginner-friendly, but a title that can easily satisfy a craving, especially if eager for a solid 2D platformer.

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David Lovato
Top Critic
8 / 10
Jan 20, 2015

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is at times frustrating, but is mostly a fun, light-hearted, and immediately and consistently enjoyable videogame. The characters are loveable, the music is catchy, the graphics are solid, and the amount of care put into the game's setting is admirable. It successfully blends old and current philosophies of game design and execution, being reminiscent of classics like Zelda and Sonic the Hedgehog but also striking out and standing firmly as its own series, and one that will hopefully be around for a long time.

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Eric
Top Critic
7 / 10
Oct 24, 2014

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse might put off a lot of its target audience with its bright and cartoony graphics, but devoted Metroidvania/platformer fans will not want to miss this excellently animated sprite game. The controls are good, and there is a lot of interesting locations to explore as this has more of an 'adventure' feel to it than Castlevania does. The progression is slower than would be preferred, and the humour and style can be off-putting, but this is a game that is evident the people who made it actually tried, which is a rarity with games these days.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2015

UPDATE: I fixed the scaling issue. I just had to go into the Wii U Settings and shrink the bounding box a bit. Worked perfectly!

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May 3, 2016

Platforming is tight and varied, and the plot matches the lighthearted tone of the rest of the game. Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a spirited little game, and by far the best 2D platformer on the PlayStation 4 to date.

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7.3 / 10.0
May 16, 2016

Entertaining character interactions, the inclusion of an enemy respawn mechanic and a retro-facing aesthetic art-style offer enough to save this Metroidvania love-letter from the trappings of repetitive gameplay, an uninteresting plot and predictable enemy movements.

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9 / 10
Aug 1, 2016

Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse is another brilliant game from WayForward. If you’re a fan of the series, then you’re going to love playing this one as I did for my Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse review! It has a fun story, a new twist on gameplay and lots of content for you to enjoy. As always, the music from Jake “Virt” Kaufman is great, and you’ll definitely find yourself humming a song or two after you’ve finished this one!

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9 / 10
Feb 6, 2015

Summary – No lamp or wishes required, it’s already just about perfect.

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Apr 23, 2016

'Shantae and the Pirate's Curse' is a highly enjoyable platformer that doesn't take any risks. It's almost like comfort food in a way. You know what to expect, and it scratches that particular itch, but it's ultimately empty calories. Hopefully WayForward Technologies will take more chances and innovate with the next entry in the series, 'Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.'

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8.7 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2016

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is one of the best 2D platformers out there.

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