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 (547 reviews) - 91% of the 547 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

“'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
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
The Purple hair whipping genie comes back for her second and in my opinion best installment to date. As the title suggests Risky is back for revenge against Shantae and its up to her to stop her once again and find out her true origins!

The game outdoes its Gameboy Color predecessor. Switching forms is easier and the mechanics are smoother then ever. Also some of the best and colorful pixel art you can find.

Anyway I'll cut this short Shantae is a must buy for any fan of Metroidvanias and Platformers
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I'll get straight to the point on this one. I'm a huge fan of WayForward, and for good reason. This game has all the elements I've come to expect from them.

-Beautiful hand-drawn sprites
-Bright, colorful worlds
-Incredibly charming characters
-Top-notch gameplay and tight controls
-Impossibly catchy soundtrack by musical wizard, Jake Kaufman. Seriously, the guy always knocks it out of the park.
-Plenty of exploration to be done
-Great replay value

This game had about 8 years to develop, and it shows. If you're a fan of platformers or Metroidvania-style games, don't hesitate to buy this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
I'll admit, I backed Shantae: Half Genie Hero on kickstarter without knowing much about the franchise. I've greatly enjoyed Wayforward's efforts in the past, and the campaign was very well prepared which led to my first (and as of now, only) backing of crowdfunding. I felt it necessary to at least see what I was getting into, and what i found in Risky's Revenge was a neat little metroidvania that's biggest flaw is its lack of content and challenge.

This game isn't very long. It took about 6 hours on a first playthrough, not being a completionist and only going back for things if I remembered a path was blocked off. It's also incredibly easy, where the cheap price of health potions and the amount of hits you take means that you very rarely bite the dust. The bosses are also fairly linear, most having 3 alternating attacks and are weak to you spamming the attack button. Though I acquired most of the magic items for hope I would use them later, I very rarely found myself using magic outside of the necessary progression uses,. For the most part it's completely unnecessary when your main attack is so quick, useful, and doesn't take energy. The dance powers aren't useful for fighting either, which seems like a big miss to include some interesting gimmicks in boss battles. This game won't give you much of a challenge (on first playthough, at least) and many of the powers the game allows you to utilize are, to a certain extent, useless outside of platforming.

What this game succeeds in and why i still like it is in its control, sound, and presentation. It's a beautiful game down from the character animations to the backgrounds, using the medium of pixel art to its full potential (I can ignore the semi-sloppy UI that looks tacked on from an amatuer game developer software). As expected from Jake Kaufman, this game sounds like a dream, with some tracks having me sit for a minute just to have a moment to relax. Movement in general is very fluid and fun, which should really be you're most important goal in a good 2d platformer. In the end, the game truly comes into its own in its dungeons, puzzle solving, and platforming. The dungeons combine fun puzzles with tricky platforming that makes the game come together to a satisfying experience.

For 10 dollars, this game is worth a purchase. You can theoretically get much more than your money's worth in ng+ playthroughs which crank the difficulty. I wouldn't personally hold it up as a pillar in the metroidvania genre, but it does enough with its strengths that sets it apart from an ordinary game. This game is alright, but don't expect to be blown away.
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