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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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

“'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
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Since i wrote about the third game in the series, i decided to write for the second game in the series for on here. First off, as stated, this is the second game in the series. The original game was released on GBA(Game Boy Advanced). I don't own it, but im sure collectors own it. To see the other game found on steam in this series, please look here at Shantae and the Pirate's Curse:

NOTE: At this writing, the next game, Shantae 1/2 half genie hero has not been released, but will be expected to be either this year on steam, or early next year.

As for this game, it is quite a fun platformer game where you can explore around. It has hidden items and special powerups that are hidden as transformation moves. Each move allows you to explore more area's of each level to find all the hidden stuff. Anyways, the graphics are whimsical style, reminescent of super nintendo game platformers..and some people even suggested it looks like a anime cartoon made into a video game, which i agree, it does look a bit like that.

If you love platformers, this will be right up your alley. Recommended for fun platforming and fun to find all the secrets in the levels.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Shantae: Risky's Revenge is a very competent and enjoyable platformer that makes up in charm and aesthetics what it lacks in difficulty.

GAMEPLAY: This is not what you'd call a hard game, it's fairly simple, the world is divided into different zone levels, none of which are very large, and while there is some back-tracking involved after acquiring new items and power-ups, it doesn't quite have the depth one might expect from a Metroidvania game. The actual gameplay however is solid and responsive and doesn't ever feel cheap or poorly implemented. With a controller this game is pretty easy to figure out how to play and quickly becomes second nature.

STORY: The story while not overly compelling is enough to keep you moving forward. It does definitely continue on from the original Shantae game, however playing that game is not required to follow the narrative as it's pretty straight-forward. Shantae's nemesis, Risky Boots is a pirate who has stolen a seemingly useless artifact from the town Shantae protects, which is quickly revealed to be possibly more dangerous than it seems. This turns into a "travel the world, collect the things" type of plot fairly quick, but is nonetheless still fun to experience first hand. The delightful and colorful characters certainly help to make even the more drab plot points interesting.

GRAPHICS: The graphics in this game are gorgeous, with one noticeable caveat: Due to the game being designed for handheld systems, the resolution is very low and there are no filter options to make it appear less pixellated. That being said, it's very easy to overlook the low res and appreciate the level of detail put into the art. The environments themselves while vibrant and colorful don't hold a candle to the incredible detail and fluid animation of the characters. Even the most minor of background NPCs is given a lovely fully animated sprite that carries with it a lot of personality. The main characters of the game also receive lovely portraits that span the entire height of the window giving them a lot of expressiveness and detail. The artwork is rather unique, with an obvious eastern flair to it, it still manages to keep itself apart from typical anime styles and evokes a more 90's cartoon style.

The main character Shantae is wonderful, and has a lot of detail in every little animation she does, and it's a joy watching her move through the levels and fight enemies.

FAN SERVICE: It'd be almost a crime to not mention this. Shantae's art style is just... well sexy! It manages to do this in a way few other games do however, being both cute and charming in a way that is appealling and even appropriate for most all ages, while being not-so-subtle with how it flaunts it's character's assets and moves. Most female characters are drawn in rather revealing outfits that show a lot of cleavage with their usually large bosoms, but fails to ever cross over into sleaze territory. The dancing moves by the characters, and even a few other animations such as Shantae crawling do feature quite a bit of bounciness and wiggling that draw attention to the character's curves but should manage to keep from offending all but the staunchest of moral guardians.

AUDIO: The game is a joy to listen to, the music is vibrant and upbeat in most locations, even the dungeons, and it never gets grating or annoying to the point you wish to turn it off. I won't say it's the best soundtrack ever for a game but it certainly fits the mood of the game, and a few tracks may even get stuck in your head.

Overall I would certainly reccomend trying this game if you have any love for fun platformers and aren't too worried about difficulty. It's bright, colorful, and charming. A joy to watch and play through.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Just a magnificent remake of a solid platformer.

Slow-paced gameplay, moderate difficulty. Excessive, but pleasurable gems grinding for upgrades.
Overall enjoyable due to music, animation and juicy toon violence.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Best Waifu Simulator
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Shantae: Risky's Revenge is a solid, fairly straightforward platformer, and overall great fun to play through.

With brightly-coloured, skilfully crafted and well-animated pixelart, the game makes a good impression from the outset (just bear in mind that, having portable roots, the game plays in a low resolution so will look a little 'blocky' on larger displays). The core platforming and combat gameplay controls well, especially with a controller, and never feels unfair. I'd note that you shouldn't come here expecting too much in the way of challenge if you're playing 'naturally', but if you're a completionist then the conditions for the various achievements (for example, no health upgrades, a speedrun and 100% completion) provide a more testing experience.

I see the term 'Metroidvania' applied to the game by some, and it does have elements of that. The game takes place in a single contiguous world, with a few areas initially inaccessible until certain skills are learned - but this isn't really to the same depth that I'd typically expect of a game taking the 'Metroidvania' handle.

There's a lightweight story framing the game and proving impetus for your various objectives - nothing especially meaningful, but it does the job well enough. Do bear in mind if you're planning on a child playing that the game depicts most of its female characters in somewhat revealing outfits - this though is never anything explicit, more just being faithful to the game's roots so I wouldn't suggest that it merits being overly concerned, just something to be aware of.

I'll close just with one tip for playing the game - don't miss that you can purchase a map from town merchant, as this is invaluable in helping you to navigate the world and find your next objective without too much frustration. I didn't spot this at first and found navigation harder than it needed to be as a result!

Shantae: Risky's Revenge overall gets a recommendation from me; if I had to score it, I'd say it's a solid 7/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Must have for fans of platforming games.

If you like this game, don't forget to get/try Pirate's Curse!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Not my cup of tea. Too fiddly. Get Shantae and the Pirate's Curse which is Fantastic
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Can be time consuming but in a good way :P. If you like minipuzzles and magic this is the game for you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Shantae is quite innovative character.
She's a half-genie, fights using her hair, does foxy moves to change into animals what gives her special powers.
She's lives in Agrabah, is friends with hippo-bandits, zombie-gypsies, and her rival is pirate-girl with robo-ship.
If this won't encourage you to play this game, I have no idea what else will
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
I was surprised how much this game hooked me up.
It's a really good metroidvania, it's not a long game and there are few dungeons, but they all have high quality level design and they are all different and original. Music fits the atmosphere of the locations, animations are great and the graphics why being low-pixel is really pleasant. The only main low point i found it's that it has a "gameboy view" meaning that characters are really close up and you cannot see much of the surroundings. If you like metroidvania you will surely like this
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Lord Potato
3.1 hrs
Posted: November 27
God Damn It. I love this game so much. Shantae is probably one of the best platformers of all time.
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12.5 hrs
Posted: November 27
Shanbae...'nuff said!
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13.7 hrs
Posted: November 26
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6.3 hrs
Posted: November 26
The game is fun, I can't wait to play the next two games. Only downside is that I don't think this game really has any replay value - It's really only good for the first run.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: November 25
Product received for free
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