Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut

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Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

53%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kritiqal
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 26, 2014

Delightful spritework, fun characters, a phenomenal soundtrack, and so many poor design decisions it just makes me sad.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jul 1, 2015

These are minor complaints, though. The platforming is rock solid, and as I noted, I love the theme with a passion. I would like to see WayForward do something more narrative-heavy with Shantae, as I think she would be a spectacular lead in a RPG or similar, but as it stands this is my favourite 2D platformer series of all, and I'm glad to see that it's now on PlayStation too.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 30, 2016

All told, Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is a solid update to the DSiWare classic. While there may not necessarily be enough here to justify a double dip for those of you that picked it up the first time around, there's never been a better way to experience this game. For those of you that have never played it, we'd give this game a strong recommendation; it's creative, clever, and colourful. This is a retro action game you won't want to miss out on.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2016

I had a lot of fun playing through Risky's Revenge. And while it was ultimately a shorter experience than I'd have liked, it most definitely didn't wear out its welcome. A clever, charming Metroidvania with some intense platforming bits, Shantae: Risky's Revenge – Director's Cut is a must play for fans of the genre.

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We Got This Covered
Jul 6, 2015

While there's definitely not enough here to justify a second purchase for existing fans, Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut contains more than enough positive factors to interest new ones.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 7, 2015

Shantae: Risky's Revenge: Director's Cut could have used some help with its map system, but literally everything else is spot-on. Much like Shovel Knight and Mighty No.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2015

Shantae: Risky's Revenge is a classic that deserves more attention, and only makes me that much more excited to finally see the new title come to PS4. It is great for players who enjoy a solid character-action game, and of course the Metroid-style so many games have adopted over the year.-Combine that with likable characters and a colorful, gorgeously pixelated visual style, and this game is a must own.

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High-Def Digest
Jul 4, 2015

While this title may not take full advantage of the PlayStation 4 hardware, 'Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut' is an enjoyable platformer adventure that's worth the time for most anyone that enjoys the genre. It is not a perfect title, and it's also not a particularly long game, but anyone who considers themselves a fan of Metriodvanias, platformers, or wishes there was a sequel to 'Monster World IV,Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut PS4 review' should not hesitate to pick this up.

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Video Chums
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2015

Shantae: Risky's Revenge is a modern classic and this Director's Cut version is a great way to play it on a contemporary console.

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Gamers FTW
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2015

Shantae: Risky's Revenge – Director's Cut is an overall solid game with charming gameplay and wonderful presentation values. It's hindered by its somewhat repetitive design, cumbersome map system and lack of innovation or surprises, but it still manages to offer a good time for anyone looking to delve into the newest Metroidvania release.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 11, 2016

Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut does not stand out as much as its predecessor did, which is no shame as this is a game that features a good balance between exploration of locations and backtracking and Shantae's magic spells and transforming skills are delightful. It could go further on the boss fights and in terms of content but that doesn't stand on its way of being a very enjoyable game for those who like exploring and backtracking in a metroidvania style.

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7 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2016

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is a good action game, but it looks and feels a bit primitive next to Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. It's still worth playing if you're a fan of action titles, and that especially applies if you're a fan of Shantae who missed out on the first release of Pirate's Curse.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 4, 2015

Shantae: Risky's Revenge is a solid game. Inoffensive gameplay and a light challenge paired with pleasing retro art and music blend to create a thoroughly pleasing experience. The game isn't particularly innovative or surprising, but at the end of the day, it's good fun. Given that this is a slow period for new releases, you could do much worse than shaking your booty to this.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Az Elias

Top Critic

7 / 10
Aug 2, 2014

[T]he fact that this delightful game is now readily available to even more players through Steam means they can be glossed over by the majority that haven't had the pleasure of playing Risky's Revenge before. If this is a taster of what to expect in Shantae's next two adventures, platform fans are in for a treat.

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DarkZero
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 8, 2015

Overall, Shantae: Risky's Revenge is a nice throwback, even if it's not really that old, with a single glaring problem – being 'Metroidvania' style comes with some responsibilities that this title just couldn't hold up its end of the bargain for.

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