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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

WayForward
Dec 20, 2016 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

84%

Critics Recommend

IGN
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Game Informer
7.8 / 10
GameSpot
8 / 10
USgamer
4 / 5
Destructoid
7.5 / 10
TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
God is a Geek
9 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

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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Metro GameCentral

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

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

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero spent a lot of time cooking, but the end product is well-built. There are occasional tedious moments, and the story's disjointed at times (which can be chalked up to the fact some characters and chapters were added as Kickstarter campaign stretch goals), but it's still a must-play for Shantae fans. And if you're not a Shantae fan … what's wrong with you?

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There's a lot to like here, and I hope WayForward gets to keep making Shantae games. As long as they do, I'll keep playing them.

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It’s clear to see WayForward put their Kickstarter funding to good use. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero features some of the best platforming of recent years, and it’s easy to recommend to anyone that’s a fan of platformers or Metroidvania style games, though a couple more levels to combat the game’s repetition would have been perfect. Wayforward will have to settle for almost reaching that mark instead.

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is an easy recommendation to any fan of the genre with its lush visuals, memorable soundtrack and varied environments, making it one of the best 2D platformers of recent times.

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