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!
User reviews: Very Positive (174 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 4, 2010

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"WayForward was accused by journalists of "whitewashing" the main character because of the slightly paler complexion used in the game."

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July 23

Version Patch Notes

Version includes:

- A fix allowing the game to launch correctly in OFFLINE mode.

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July 21

Version Patch Notes

Version includes:

-A fix for the achievement 'Mighty Shantae Champ!' If you have already met the criteria but did not unlock the achievement, you will need to re-beat the final boss and the achievement will unlock on the portrait after the credits. It does not matter which ending screen you get.

-An option to EXIT GAME has been added to the main menu and pause game menu.

-We have added the ability to enable v-sync. To do so, open the properties of the game through Steam, select "Set Launch Options...", and enter -v to enable v-sync.

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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

“'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!

  • 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

    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
89 of 100 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
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.


Cute Artwork
Excellent Metroidvania
Great Characters

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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52 of 63 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
It's a Brilliant game with Impressive design mechanics for it's time!
So far from what I have played it's identical to the Phone version.
But overall this game is a gem, if you enjoy oldschool platforming then this game is for you!
This is the perfect platformer, It's simply proof that the 2D side-scrolling formula still holds up after all these years. The characters are fun and quirky, the story is weird and loose, and the game as a whole is quite the pleasure to play!

Shantae: RR's controls are as simple as it's predecessor's: you can jump (A), Whip (X), Dance (Y), Use Items (start), and do a backwards dash (LB)
Dancing is also very simple, you just hold the button til the right formation, and then release.
Items can now be bought and used indefinitely, as long as you have Magic in your Meter which is simple enough, just by killing a few enemies or finding pots located all over the maps.
Which that is probably my only real negative so far, the map, it's a bit wierd I suppose but I am starting to get use to it with time so there is that.
If you enjoyed action adventure such as Metroid and Zelda series then you will positively adore this wonderous game!
Make sure to pick this game up as soon as possible, there needs to be more Shantae in the world!
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47 of 57 people (82%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
What there is to say?
Shantae is finally on PC!

The music is awesome, the gameplay is awesome, the story is awesome, the characters are better than awesome, and YOU CAN KILL STUFF WITH YOUR HAIR! AND YOU CAN DANCE TO CHANGE FORMS! WOAH!

Could use more V-sync though.

And a little bit too short. 4-6 hours, eeehhh.
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39 of 48 people (81%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
A good port of one of the best Metroid style games ever.

Originally released on DSI in 2010 and hasn't lost a step since then staying entirely relevant. The pixelated graphics arew animated masterfully, controls are impeccable. Great soundtrack, and effects. The writing is even entertaining (the part where a character is lauded for having huge bowels is one of note). It's charming, polished and timeless, with a really great price point. A++
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44 of 59 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Tight controls, witty and hilarious dialogue, amazing music, overall fun and rewarding gameplay. Directors cut has a new mode where you can play primarily as a magic caster.

If you want a metroid/castlevania crossover, buy this game.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
A game that was originally in development for GameBoy Advance, got scrapped, and eventually finished development as a DSiWare title, WayForward's latest Shantae release is actually an updated "HD" port of the second installment, which is more or less identical, but with the "HD" aspect being lovely redrawn character artwork during the cutscenes in place of the relatively pixelated illustrations on the DS.

The "Director's Cut" part of the game is a new feature known as Magic Mode, which is unlocked after beating the game once. It's basically a "Second Quest", replaying the game again with more magic capacity, but receiving double the damage. You also get a new costume, both in illustrations and in spritework.

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut is a really fun, if somewhat short platforming adventure. It features a Metroidvania style of gameplay with gradual progression in upgrades both found and bought, as well as the ability to cast various magic attacks and transform into various creatures in order to use their special abilities when needed. And like most of WayForward's games, the soundtrack is top notch too. Highly recommended if you enjoy fun and colorful platformers.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Great presentation, cute characters, epic soundtrack, smooth controls, ok graphics and high replay value. Buy this game NOW!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Shantae is one of those classic platformers that pretty much does everything right. From the range of her magical abilities such as her transformation power, spells, her hair and, ofcourse, her funny personality makes this entry of the Shantae series just as good or even surpass the previous installment for the Game Boy Colour.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Using old world craftmanship and traditional practices, this game invokes memories of an era gone by, when men were men and herds of Metal Slugs roamed the Great Praries. This is one of the few games that faithfully recreates the kinds of graphics and gameplay that made this country great. Shantae is a true American.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut:
The Shantae series is a metroidvania style game with cute visuals, responsive controls and a fantastic sound track. The games aren't that well known, regardless they are some of the best games of their style. Shantae: Risky's Revenge is the second in the series and was originally a Nintendo DSIWare title, and has been ported to the PC.

In Shantae you play as, well, Shantae. Obviously. She is a cute, hair-whipping, belly dancing, half-genie and the defender of a Middle-Eastern town called Scuttle Town. She can perform many dances allowing her to take the form of several creatures. Each of the forms, Monkey, Elephant, and Mermaid, allow her to go places and find secrets otherwise impossible to reach. She also has 3 upgradeable spells she can cast as well as her famous hair-whipping to attack.

This game will take you about 5-6 hours to complete, but is highly replayable. Finding all the secrets and completing all the endings can offer even more hours of gameplay. The funny dialogue will keeping you reading, insteading of just mashing buttons to move it along. The gameplay is incredibly fun, making every playthough enjoyable.

Verdict: 86/100
Buy this game.

Side note: I'm currently 7th place for the fastest Any% speedrun in this game at 46:27 minutes.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Metroidvania with a layered twist and incredibly cute character design.
The best I've played from developer WayForward.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
+ Excellent platformer
+ Transformations
+ Secrets
+ Charming graphics

- Sometimes not entirely clear where to go to
- The map also makes no sense to me
- Transforming can take a bit too long
- Continuous respawning of enemies

[Rating: 79/100]
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Fantastic game. Plays great on the PC with a 360 pad. It is a direct DS port, so you are getting some big pixels here, but I would take that over horrible filters or risking a HD "make over" that doesn't capture the spirt of the original sprites.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
A great platformer game with strange design for the controls (accept with B cancel with A on a xbox controller).
But once you get used to it. It is indeed interesting and can surprise you with great ideas.
The level design is great and graphics wise it's great pixel art.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15

This is my favorite video game of all time.

I am a true hardcore devoted Wayforward fan. It is my dream to meet Matt Bozon and maybe even work at Wayforward!

You guys are the best, and I will continue to purchase everything you got until the day I die. <3
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Everything I loved about the original DSi version is there, plus Magic Mode and enhanced graphics.
The only issue you'll have is by using a controller: B is select, A is cancel.
You could inverse the mapping, but then you have nothing for jump (unless you hex-edit the game save).
As of the first update, there is a "talk-'n-jump" glitch; the main reason why you can't map jump and talk to the same button.
But I don't care, it's Shantae.

This game can be somewhat comparable to Epic MegaGames's "Jill of the Jungle" trilogy, per a screenshot of mine:
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
It's one of those games that are worth playing but are not worth their price. Unless you are a die-hard fan of Shantae and/or WayForward games (guilty!) then I suggest you wait for sale before buying it. It's extremely short but it's fun while it lasts.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
It's a wayfoward Metroidvania styled game with music done by the same person who worked on the Shovel Knight soundtrack. That alone sold me on this game. And they have a game+ mode for more of a challenge and more replay value. My only complaint was the map that is just a general map that does not tell you exact locations so if your trying to find everything in the game you will be lost until you know the areas like the back of your own hand. But other than that it's a great game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Wonderful little platformer with colorful, chunky 16-bit-esque visuals. Control is very tight and the level/enemy design are engaging. Plays best with a pad such as a 360 or Playstation controller, as the keyboard requires a bit of finger gymnastics for my taste. Here's hoping for Steam ports of the other Shantae games.
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