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 (504 reviews) - 91% of the 504 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 15, 2014

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"Short and scaled back compared to other Shantae episodes, but Risky's Revenge is still one of the finest side-scrolling action games of the 2000's."
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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
So this is a short game, and honestly there is no characterization and you apparently need to have played the first gameboy game to really know who these characters are. Yet not only do I love this game but now plan to get the sequel and somehow find a way to play the first.

Why you may ask? Shantae is a charming little metroidvania style game. While it isn't big overall, what is there is very charming and helped in no small part by tight gameplay and memorable music. The only sticking point I have was that this was developed for the 3ds...and it shows. Still, the art and scenery are all gorgeous despite that consideration. It should be said that at several times I meant to put the game down and do something else...but just needed to do 'one more thing', which lead to me beating the game.

While I don't think you would regret the purchase, if you have any love for platformer metroid style gameplay you shouldn't have any reason to pass on this game during a sale.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
So...As excited I am for Shantae: Half Genie Hero to come out, I'm willing to make a review of the game, and since I've been playing this game for 4 hours total, I want to give my thoughts on it.

Even we don't get the original sequel to Shantae for the GBA due to GBA's life span expired and no particular publisher like their first game (published by Capcom), WayForward decided to cancel it, the second attempt to make a sequel to the Shantae series for the DS and also failed. Now for the 3rd attempt to make a sequel and I was successful thanks the loyal fans of Shantae.

First it was digitally downloadable for the DSWare in 2009, and then ported to the 3DS and the Wii U, and now the Steam fans themselves will get a chance to play this game.

the sad part about is that I played through the game through the keyboard and not the controller, but I manage to play it through the game and it was great!

I wanna give WayForward alot of props of making this game and it's highly recommendable. Not go to any details, I say check it out! This sequel made it's 3rd attempt and it's a charm! now if you excuse me, I will play some Shantae and the Pirate's Curse! Keep it up, WayForward!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
The hit from the NDS comes to the big system and it's still funny as ever!
A jump'n'run adventure were you can buy upgrades and magic to improve the Shantae, the halve genie, and beat the magic jam out of your foes!
Controlles are quite fluent and music fits the atmosphere. The only downpoint is, that the handheld port from the NDS make the graphic a little to pixelated then it should be. But that's really a minor flaw since you see it only the first minutes, after that you're so in the game that it doesn't matter.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Shantae was made fore cuddling.
She's so cute.
God I ♥♥♥♥ing hate myself.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Risky's Revenge is... a game that charms and frustrates in equal measure. Though part of that is simply its age, a lot of it has to do with it feeling like a Super Nintendo game in both the good and bad ways.

Despite being what it is - a DSi game sized up to the PC - generally Shantae looks pretty good for its age. It's well-animated with those limitations considered, though the HD graphics used for conversations and menus are both welcome and slightly jarring.

One of the big drawbacks, though, coming from the DSi, is that the movement feels slow, and it's coupled with "stop 'n go" enemies, like archers that require you to leap up into the air and repeatedly whack to clear them out of your way, or spitting foes that require you to slowly crawl towards them to engage safely. The worst offender are mermaids that appear in droves, which dive into puddles and it feels like it takes forever for them to reemerge. Maybe just a second or two, but it can make tracking back and forth a real chore. For some reason, they opted to put the warp stations to get you from area to area in out-of-the-way places, meaning that there's generally a walk to or from them to get to where you're going. And though in this kind of game you're usually given movement options that make trekking back and forth easier as time goes on, Shantae never really does other than offering new warp stations.

The controls work well for the most part, Shantae's transformations serve largely just as the lock-and-key for its exploration antics, with only one form - the monkey - providing a distinct advantage outside of unlocking play fields (it can climb walls and leap higher). Though the three additional forms are well-varied, there's not a world of reason to use them when they aren't needed. Generally, you'll be relying on hair-whipping and magic, though one kind of magic (the spiked ball) stands out above the others, often protecting Shantae and also enhancing her melee capabilities, while the others are far more situational. You'll need them all - there's at least one lock for all them - but they aren't strongly balanced. She also has another costume which basically just reduces her magic cost and increases damage, but unfortunately you can only see it by finishing the game, unlike the iOS version that gave you the option to switch back and forth very early on.

Shantae relies on doors that move you across lateral dimensions, and areas like the forest are easily five areas deep. Using the map becomes a necessity at times, since it's easy to get lost otherwise because of this. The forest is a particular offender, and it can be tiresome if you go through the wrong door or lose track of which area you're in at a given moment.

That being said, it does have a lot of charm to it, though a lot of the humor is hit-or-miss. Having both a female protagonist and anatagonist is rare and welcome, though the "sexy" female enemies feel gratuitious at points. If you're interested in the Shantae series, the plot of this game leads directly into the vastly improved sequel (Pirate's Curse), and it's worth a lark when it's on sale for two bucks and change, since it hardly overstays its welcome unless you focus on collecting everything in the game. I can't recommend it unconditionally, though, and you have to go in being aware of its foibles. If you're okay with that, it's a decent little exploration platformer, though with Steam exploding with excellent games in that genre, it's hard to recommend it on that alone. It comes from a period where Wayforward was putting out nostalgia efforts that had a lot of cargo cult design, and this definitely feels like its aping games of the 90s without improving on them. It's not a bad game, but PC platforming has gotten so refined that it doesn't quite stand out.
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