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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

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Available on:PlayStation 4Dec 20, 2016
Xbox OneDec 20, 2016
Wii UDec 20, 2016
PCDec 20, 2016
PlayStation VitaDec 20, 2016
Nintendo SwitchJun 8, 2017

Developer: WayForward

Genre: Platformer

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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8 / 10.0

You could likely beat Shantae: Half-Genie Hero in a couple of sittings, but the platforming action is so varied, and the levels so explorable, it’s worth playing well beyond that. While it's neither innovative nor high-concept, its hand-drawn look and toe-tapping music successfully channel a joy and enthusiasm that has become far too rare in modern video games.

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8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A little more linear than usual, but Shantae and her friends have never looked or played better in this amusingly silly Metroidvania.

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Game Informer

7.8 / 10.0
Kyle Hilliard

Half-Genie Hero is a smooth platformer with a great sense of humor that recalls old-school platforming challenges

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8 / 10

Shantae’s back with old-school charm and a shiny new coat of paint.

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