Embark on an all-new adventure with Shantae, the hair-whipping belly dancing genie. After losing her magic, Shantae teams up with the nefarious pirate Risky Boots in order to save Sequin Land from a curse.
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Very Positive (41 reviews) - 97% of the 41 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (503 reviews) - 96% of the 503 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 23, 2015

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“Pirate's Curse works in a way so positively different than the previous games that it may represent the pinnacle of the series.”
9.5 – Wii Brasil

“Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a must-play game.”
9 – Nintendo World Report

“If you love a solid Metroid-vania adventure with fun dialogue, memorable characters and catchy music, be sure to download Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse...”
9 – Pure Nintendo

About This Game

Embark on a brand new adventure with Shantae, the hair-whipping belly dancing genie. When she loses her magic, Shantae must team up with her nemesis, the nefarious pirate Risky Boots in order to save Sequin Land from an evil curse. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons to advance her quest, slay monsters, battle epic bosses…and hopefully get her magic back in the bargain! But can she really trust her deadliest enemy?

The third Shantae game is the biggest yet! Beyond Sequin Land lie cursed islands and labyrinths each hiding a new piece of Pirate Gear - Flintlock Pistol, Pirate Hat, Scimitar, Risky's Boots, and even a Cannon. Upgrade Shantae's hair and weapons or unlock advanced Fighter's Moves. Locate maps, return lost Heart Squids, collect rare loot, and laugh out loud at the weird, wild, and wonderfully humorous cast of characters. Incredible high resolution artwork, unlockable Pirate-Mode, multiple endings, and an unforgettable soundtrack make this one game you won't want to miss!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows®Vista™ or Windows®7
    • Processor: Intel™ Pentium 4 2.4 ghz with Hyper Threading
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Windows®7 or Windows®8
    • 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 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of the best platformers of all time.
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( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
As my first entry to this series I'm very impressed. Seeing as how a good Metroid or Castlevania game hasn't come out in years, Shantae is here to satiate my thirst for a good game. It has beautiful graphics, well designed characters and levels, and the music is kickass.

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I'm Gay
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Before I start this review I want to say that YES I fully intend on finishing this game. Upon finishing it I will give a final thoughts. This will be more of a first impressions. The controller I used was an afterglow 360 controller. So yea take that how you will. It confuses me so much how so many indie platformers get extremely positive ratings on steam. Is it because we are lacking plat formers or retro-looking games? I have no idea but what i do know is that shanate is definetely not a spectacular platformer. Allow me to explain.

The game (from what i experienced so far) is packed with charm, cool character and just overall pleasing to the eyes and years. The game looks great and seems a lot of fun. Especially seeing that old spice meme on youtube. Although I wish to say the same thing about the game play.

To me first impressions are the most important part of your game and shanate hits all the right notes when it comes to design and charm. But during gameplay I already was able to detect the flaws with control, level desigm (a bit) and enemy design. Already at the first levels, (which were a nice introductury mind you) I was able to see the problems. First of all there is a HP potion system. This means a couple of things

A) the levels are extremely long and thus certain items are needed in order to survie those indurance runs
B) Extremely hit spongey enemies that are absolute cancer and thus artifically inflating your play time if you want to collecte gems and hearts.

Shanate has both. The levels are nice and long and seem to justify my purchase. But the sheer fact that I have to beat the ♥♥♥♥ out ofr eveyrthing for 30 seconds each (except for very small enemies) is not only frustrating but makes the overall game much less satisfying. To me shanate gave off the impression that it was a very fast paced hit and run kind of game. So it was extremely surprising that i had to hit a frog 6 times to kill it. For the most part it feels like I am wasting my time.

Now where shanate shines is in the running and puzzle/platformer segements. The controls are pretty tight and fluent which really go well with the platforming. And you can hit things in rapid succession whilst moving. So once again I have to ♥♥♥♥ing ask, why is the majority of oyur enemy roster so spongey when the game seems to invite you to play at a super fast pace.


After obtaining key movement items. My opinion on the game still stands. Sorry guys this game is trash
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Nova Prospekt
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Everything has boobs.
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( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I had loads of fun. Played this game over and over again. Absolutely love this game.
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( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Fanservice galore in the long-awaited sequel to Citizen Kane. **Spoiler alert: She doesn't actually own a bath tub**
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Kripperino Magmaragerino
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
A fun platformer with great soundtrack and humour!
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SamuLEL ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Best metroidvania on Steam
  1. Very challenging but never unfair
  2. Really likeable characters
  3. So much Fanservice
  4. Good looking pixelart graphics

I rate it 9.5/10
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( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21



Wowsie/10 - will play the next game!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
shantae and the pirate's curse...couldn't believe that i'd love the game and put much effort on it

it has the megaman's death animation , some sonic-ish soundtracks that you would like :D , some legends of zelda stuff and a Wario's land dash attack , and much more...
the game is kinda short , i could finish it 100% in 9 hours ; the levels are challenging , the bosses aswell .

the game is a good port from the nintendo consoles tho , has a good performance and is enjoyable on the both controlling platforms : the keyboard and the controller , it has an open world and the items exploration makes you enjoy the game even more!!

the game is really worth it , but i don't recommand paying the full price ( if it was longer by 20 more hours , i would concider paying the full price of it :D )

enough said , i wish i had more words for this review :

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Yet another solid Shantae game. So entertaining to play, and I appreciate the practical uses of the pirate equipment far more than the genie transformations from Risky's Revenge. Not to mention, I think this game is home to Jake Kaufman's finest musical work yet. Give it a shot if you like broad worlds to explore, secrets and treasure to find, and a quirky sense of humor.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Stumbled upon the OST on Youtube from the suggestions on a Shovel Knight music video (same composer, aka the almighty Jake Kaufman - great suggestion, youtube!).

Got curious, watched some gameplay.

Bought it and enjoyed every bit since. The platforming is really well made, precise and responsive. I love the "pseudo" retro style, the artworks are gorgeous and the characters are great. Do I need to say how amazing the entire soundtrack is?

11/10 would buy again. Very enjoyable game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Fun Metroidvania with catchy music, memorable characters, and great pacing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Everything a sequel should be, better graphics, more accessibile and fun gameplay, funny writing, and plot points from previous game actually carry into this one. The music is on another level (composed by Jake Kaufman or simply Virt of Shovel Knight fame). This time the transformations are gone and this is good because the new pirate gear is much faster, easier and fun to use than any of the animal forms from the past.

If you liked Risky's Revenge then this is even better, but for people who aren't sure about Metroidvanias I'd wait for a price drop as it might not be your cup of tea. Also it took me under 9 hours for both ending and depending on the person this can be good or bad.

Overall, fantastic game and I'm definetely looking forward to ½ Genie Hero coming out this September!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I absolutely LOVE this game to death. As a fan of the Shantae series, Pirate's Curse manages to combine what made the previous two good and make still make something new out of it.
The music's varied and extremely catchy, the graphics are charming, the writing manages to make so many characters feel unique, and Shantae herself is a great character to use. Being able to dash around the expansive maps with gliding, extra jumps and incredible speed is such a blast.
If you're a fan of platformers, Metroidvania's or just general gaming fun, then I highly recommend Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. I'm Ret-2-Go to play this game again!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a HUGE stepup from Risky's Revenge. The game pretty much has all the goodness of the prequel + more and some things done better. You still have good visuals, level design, animations, music, etc (all the aesthetics are still good). The game actually feels complete with the inclusion of more bosses, more abilities, more dungeons and better character development. The game is also more challenging (somewhat still easy for the hardcore platformer afficionados tho).

Not sure why they nerfed the backdash tho. And I found the kick ability kinda useless far into the game. Looking forward to the next scheduled release game Shantae Half-Genie,
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a very good adventure platformer, with health collectables, dungeon items (which most of them give you mobility which by the end of the game make you go from place to place very fast) and more collectables that either progrss story or allow you to fight the true final boss. All of the characters have cool personalities but the only downside is that if you haven't played the previous games you might not understand of some things they're talking about. This game also includes new game + so you start with all the dungeon items so you can get all collectables in one run and move very quickly around the map so it won't take nearly as long the second time. So in conclution if you have the money for this game you should definitly pick it up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Great game. May be my favorite of the series. Looking forward to what WayForward does with the next one (1/2 Genie Hero).

Interestingly enough though, some of my achievements are still locked despite having fulfilled their requirements...
Am I the only one with this issue? Can it even be remedied?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a fantastic game of which many fans of previous Metroidvania-style releases should enjoy playing, with quirky and interesting characters, funny dialogue, highly detailed animations, 16-bit graphics and character designs and a good number of collectibles to keep you going for a while. Well worth the price and highly recommended to those with a nack for platformers!
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