Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut brings hair-whipping, belly-dancing to your PC! Play one of the most critically acclaimed handheld series of all time, now with brand new features!
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Very Positive (685 reviews) - 89% of the 685 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 15, 2014

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“...very seldom have we encountered a game that features this level of polish and refinement in virtually every facet...there's really not a single area of the game that won't wow you...quite possibly the best (money) you'll ever spend on a video game”
10/10 – Nintendo Life

“We should count ourselves lucky to have games like this...Buy this game and fall in love with that adorable little half genie as (we) have.”
9.5/10 – Destructoid

“...you'd be making a huge mistake by skipping over this excellent and ambitious action platformer”
9/10 – IGN

About This Game

By popular demand, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut is now available on Steam for Windows PC! This brand new version combines all of the award-winning content from previous releases – and adds even more! The pixel-based masterpiece remains intact, newly augmented with HD portrait artwork and extra challenge. New illustrations, Steam Trading Cards, Achievements, Emoticons, Controller Support, fully configurable controls, and an unlockable Magic Mode with alternate costume round out the package. This Director’s Cut also introduces a re-imagined Warp System, perfect for speed runners and returning players alike! Play one of the most critically acclaimed handheld series of all time, now on your PC!

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut is a powder keg of high octane, hair-whipping, hip shaking action, now available on Steam! Features thousands of frames of animation, huge multi-sprite bosses, and a quest so big it’s bursting at the seams. Guide “half-genie” Shantae through haunted wastes, burning deserts, enchanted forests, dripping caverns and deadly labyrinths. Discover magical attacks, brew zombie coffee, save golden babies, and master the art of belly-dancing to transform Shantae into more powerful creatures. Use your powers to foil the lady pirate Risky Boots and save Sequin Land from certain doom! With its infectious characters, flirtatious humor and deliciously outlandish action, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge offers up all the hair-whipping, belly-dancing action you can handle!

Awards:
  • MetaCritic: Highest Rated Portable Game of the Year*
  • IGN Editor’s Choice
  • IGN Best Visuals*
  • IGN Best Game of the Year*
  • Nintendo Power Game of the Year*
  • Nintendo Power Best Graphics*
  • Nintendojo Editors' Choice
  • iTunes Editor’s Choice
*(awards for various platforms)

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Pentium 4 2.4 ghz with Hyper Threading
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® Geforce 9600GT, AMD® Radeon™ HD 3870 or higher (it must be able to manage Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512MB of display memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows®XP™ SP2, Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Core 2 Duo / AMD™ Athlon 64 X2 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce™ 200 series or higher, AMD® Radeon™ HD5000 series or higher (it must be able to manage Pixel Shader 3.0) with at least 512MB of display memory.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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FattyFeraligatr
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 30
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LexHollow
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Was really enjoying this game. Love the light-hearted tone the game goes for, and it's overall a very well designed action platformer.

Unfortunately, I came back to the game to find my save file was gone. I saved many times through my previous session; I'm at a loss as to why this happened. I've noticed other people mentioning this issue in the forums too.

While I wouldn't recommend 'Risky's Revenge' as a result of this, I have heard that the sequel 'The Pirate's Curse' is a better game and hopefully somewhat more stable. Either that or hold out for 'Half Genie Hero', which should be released soon.
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brickey.8
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
I give this game a mild thumbs up. I purchased it after beating its sequel "Shantae and the Pirate's Curse", so my opinion of it is this: In every aspect, it is pretty good but not quite as good as Pirate's Curse. This applies to story, music, gameplay, level design, and how fun the powerups and gimmicks are. The progression also falls apart after you get the third seal; there's not anything that feels like a proper "final" dungeon, so I was actually surprised when I reached the final boss.

It's still a good game though. You should definitely buy Pirate's Curse instead if you have to pick one or the other, but if you beat that and want a few more hours of the same formula, this game provides it.
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franzferdinand86
6.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
Classic rpg-style platformer at its best.
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BROBERT
16.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
I have 16 hours of play-time on record for this game but I haven't even left the starting town yet. Because I spent it all watching Shantae's crouching animation.
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Gnome Child
8.7 hrs
Posted: August 14
Even though I have yet to beat this game, I have beat the iOS version several times.
This review is coming from a Shantae fanboy so there might be some bias.

Shantae: Risky's revenge is a platformer/rpg game which is a sequel to the critically acclaimed game boy colour game Shantae. Thank frickity frack this game is not as hard as the original though, I reccomend playing this or the Pirates curse to get into the series before tackling the first game. Anyway, the game is very short, with some kind of pointless extra content crammed in. I do not reccomend this game at full price, but if you are a completionist this game has many secrets and extra achievements which take a long time to achieve. The games controls are very smooth and good for a game Like this. The keyboard in my experience was substantial to use but a gamepad makes it easier. The map system in this game is substantial but it doesn't have any maps for dungeons. I personally enjoyed the dancing mechanics in both of the Shantae games but some say it takes too long. This game goes for the shorter approach of the one button to cycle through moves. Basically that's it. If you Like metroidvania games and you find this on sale, definintly pick This one up.

Pick up the game though, not Shantae.
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Radish Farm
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 12
It looks amazing and fixes the majority of the problems the first one had (for example the transformation system).The Shantae series as a whole is great and one of the best side scrolling platform games around.
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Deimos
9.8 hrs
Posted: August 10
If Link, Simon Belmont, and Samus had a three-way, and nobody was sure whose baby it was, but that baby became a bellydancer, and that belly dancer baby was a game, I guess this would be that game.
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Stin
27.3 hrs
Posted: August 5
I recommend this video game.
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Wet for Jesus
9.3 hrs
Posted: August 4
Good luck finding Rotty Tops... If you're a mong like me that is farkin struth... Btw it should be Knotty Tops, much more cute.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I have 16 hours of play-time on record for this game but I haven't even left the starting town yet. Because I spent it all watching Shantae's crouching animation.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
It looks amazing and fixes the majority of the problems the first one had (for example the transformation system).The Shantae series as a whole is great and one of the best side scrolling platform games around.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Good luck finding Rotty Tops... If you're a mong like me that is farkin struth... Btw it should be Knotty Tops, much more cute.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Classic rpg-style platformer at its best.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I give this game a mild thumbs up. I purchased it after beating its sequel "Shantae and the Pirate's Curse", so my opinion of it is this: In every aspect, it is pretty good but not quite as good as Pirate's Curse. This applies to story, music, gameplay, level design, and how fun the powerups and gimmicks are. The progression also falls apart after you get the third seal; there's not anything that feels like a proper "final" dungeon, so I was actually surprised when I reached the final boss.

It's still a good game though. You should definitely buy Pirate's Curse instead if you have to pick one or the other, but if you beat that and want a few more hours of the same formula, this game provides it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Even though I have yet to beat this game, I have beat the iOS version several times.
This review is coming from a Shantae fanboy so there might be some bias.

Shantae: Risky's revenge is a platformer/rpg game which is a sequel to the critically acclaimed game boy colour game Shantae. Thank frickity frack this game is not as hard as the original though, I reccomend playing this or the Pirates curse to get into the series before tackling the first game. Anyway, the game is very short, with some kind of pointless extra content crammed in. I do not reccomend this game at full price, but if you are a completionist this game has many secrets and extra achievements which take a long time to achieve. The games controls are very smooth and good for a game Like this. The keyboard in my experience was substantial to use but a gamepad makes it easier. The map system in this game is substantial but it doesn't have any maps for dungeons. I personally enjoyed the dancing mechanics in both of the Shantae games but some say it takes too long. This game goes for the shorter approach of the one button to cycle through moves. Basically that's it. If you Like metroidvania games and you find this on sale, definintly pick This one up.

Pick up the game though, not Shantae.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
If Link, Simon Belmont, and Samus had a three-way, and nobody was sure whose baby it was, but that baby became a bellydancer, and that belly dancer baby was a game, I guess this would be that game.
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160 of 177 people (90%) found this review helpful
48 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Sit your lily ♥♥♥ down because I'm about to tell you the story about one of the greatest IP's in gaming history.

Shantae originally came out on Game Boy Color in 2001. If you're a normal person, you didn't know this until just now. Even though it didn't sell very well, it was critically acclaimed and in fact, often ranks high in lists of the best GBC games. Aside from just being an absolute blast, it pushed the technocological barriers of the GBC to the max, creating the nicest looking game on the system, hands down.

And then they made a second one.

Capcom, deciding that Shantae wouldn't sell to the masses (but when has Capcom been right?), decided NOT to publish the sequel, known as Shantae Advance. Skip forward six years, and Wayforward finally manages to publish their own game for the 3DS, but this beauty right here didn't come out until 2010.

So what is Shantae: Risky's Revenge? The best ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ platformer on this planet, that's what (at least until Pirate's Curse and Half-Genie Hero comes out). It takes place shortly after the original Shantae, pitting the eponymous half-genie belly dancer against her rival, Risky Boots, the sexy pirate. I won't ruin the story, because it seems elementary at most, but ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ does the game play great.

The graphics are reminiscent of a SNES game, but plays much more smoothly. It's an art style that some will undoubtedly hate, but that's the way it is. The music. Jesus Christ of Al Qaeda, I could write an entire novel on why Jake Kaufman is one of the most underrated composers of all time. The songs sound great and add to the atmosphere of the game (just sit down for a while in Tangle Forest, you won't regret it), and many of the most famous tunes from the original Shantae were remastered for this game too (such as Burning Town and the boss theme). The gameplay is your standard platformer: jump and attack. You also have the option to equip magic spells and backdash (sounds a bit like Symphony of the Night, eh?) Additionally, Shantae learns a few dances throughout her journey that allow her to turn into animals such as a monkey and elephant that are needed to progress.

The world is colorful and brimming with life, which reflects well on all the other characters (even Risky Boots herself pops out and has a vibrant personality). The game follows the concept of Metroidvania, which means you can roam freely around a 2D world, but can't access specific areas without finding certain objects first. Luckily, the game does a good job of hinting at where you should go so we don't feel like we're being dragged along. The characters are unique, and along with an excellent script, display their own personalities and mannerisms. The script isn't too indepth or intricate, but it's enough to give the characters their own sense of uniqueness (Abner Cadaver's a damn good example).

There are two complains though. Two major flaws that strike early on: the control layout, and the map.

Honestly, it is a ♥♥♥♥ing miracle I survived the tutorial battle. You're not given any prompts on how to attack, which wouldn't be a problem with a controller, but a keyboard has a ♥♥♥♥♥on of keys. My only advice is to go the options beforehand and change most, if not, all the pre-existing keys. After a few minutes of tinker(bats)ing, I managed to find a layout that wouldn't make my hand cramp after a few minutes of playing.

The map is the spawn of Satan. What the ♥♥♥♥ was Wayforward thinking when they designed it. I've been playing this game for (at the current time of the review) 6 hours, and I cannot figure out which way I am supposed to be looking at it. It's difficult to explain, but once you see a picture of the map, you'll understand the reason it sucks.

Overall, 10/10, would ♥♥♥♥ Shantae
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109 of 122 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
I played this first on iOS, and I had a blast playing it. I liked it enough that I bought it on DSi and Steam.

Pros:

Funny
Cute Artwork
Excellent Metroidvania
Great Characters


Cons:
Map system, although improved for the directors cut, still isn't the best thing ever.

Pretty Short


I'd still say get it, it's really fun.
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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
Do you like Metroidvania style games? Do you like crisp, chunky, beautifully animated 2D Pixel Art? Do you like cute things? Do you like awesome video game soundtracks?

If you answer yes to all of these things then you will probably enjoy Shantae Risky's Revenge.
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