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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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
A difficult game but a good game non the less, the last 2 levels were a bit overkill with the amount of bullsh*t on screen at one time be it spikes or tar ladies on the ground, ceiling, and jumping the hell around all over the damn place. Untill that point you feel really good dashing through levels at high speed listening to gorgeous music!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Super fun game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
What can I say about this game, other than it's just so. damn. good.

Great character designs, great writing, the world navigation is leagues better than Risky's Revenge and the way you platform through dungeons and areas is just SOOOO SATISFYING even before you get the end game key items for mobility. I never once got bored or frustrated playing and honestly it's just so rare to find a game like this.

Soundtrack is great, visuals are great and If you like 2D metroidvania with cute girls then you need to GET THIS GAME. Literally the only thing bad I can say about this game is the steep difficulty spike on the end game level and even then WayForward didn't make it too incredibly sadistic just takes that good old classic trail and error method.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This game is AWESOME! Throughout your playthrough there will be good times and bad times. I used guides and video to help me with this game since a lot of the time there aren't any obvious hints as to what to do (I guess to keep the game from being too linear). But the graphics are very good. Fluid and visually appealing. The character portraits in this game are really attractive and 100% better than the previous game, Risky's Revenge. The difficulty can be enraging, though.This is very good and I recommend it for 2D platformer levels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Product received for free
Best alternative to viagra.

Okay let me be serious here.

The Story:

The story is captivating and shows how you can team up with the worst of your enemies to salvage something. I got a personal kick out of the story just because of how much humor it emphasizes into it while remaining serious as well.

The Graphics
The game design is absolutely gorgeous, from the dry and baren Scuttle Town to the dark and colorful Nightmare Woods, I absolutely adore the colors WayForward used for each stage. They made sure that there is no stone left unturned and created possibly the most beautiful stage/character design I've ever seen. There's only one problem though, the design does get confusing sometimes but that's just nitpicking.

This is one of the greatest games I've played in my life. Before playing this I thought Undertale was the best game I've played in my life. Well now, I changed my mind. THIS is the best game I've played in my 17 years of life.

10/10 for this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
My wife left me. Oh the game? It's alright I guess.
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237 of 295 people (80%) found this review helpful
963 people found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
To all those saying this game is too hard, it's a lot easier with both hands on the controller.
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108 of 118 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2015
Risky's Revenge review: http://steamcommunity.com/id/stumperman/recommended/277890/

This game is good, and should be bought.

- Better and kind of worse item system. You are no longer trying to double tap the bottom screen of the 3DS to use an item. Instead you hit Select or whatever the keyboard control and press A on the item. The downside to this is the key items and map are also here, mainly the map. In the 3DS version you could have the map on the bottom, now you have to hit select then go to the map menu. I already beaten the game 7 times now so I don't need the map.

- Better than both prequels. WayForward know how to make good sequels and this out of all 3 shantae games is so far my favorite. Longer story. fair gameplay, not too easy not too hard, it does get harder as you progress etc etc.

- Good story
- Memorable Characters (nameless npcs are even memorable)
- Good Characters (I love all characters, even nameless npcs)
- Challenging but not impossible
- Excelent Platforming + Puzzles
- Funny and unique dialouge.
- Wonderful sprite animation
- Awesome soundtrack
- High replay value (After beating the steam version 3 different times I will have beaten this 10 times)


- Bad for players who do not have a thrill for adventure. This game does not exactly tell you what you have to do and where to do it. You have to use your brain and the tiny amount of hints the game gives to find out where things are. This is however good cause what's an adventure platformer if the game just tells you what to do and how to do it.

- Grinding Gems to get items. The items for upgrades and moves can be way too expensive and useless. Like I said I beat this game a lot of times, I never used the back kick move, or the back dash. Back dash being 100 gems (not bad) and the back kick being 400 which is too much for something I never had to use. Also you have to upgrade your hair strength, whip speed, scimitar, and pistol 3 times which adds up to a lot of gems. It's not that bad to grind for them but it could of been done better.

So if you like Metroid/Castlevenia you will love this game. The story in this one is more deep than Risky's Revenge and the original GBC game. It is totally worth the 20 dollars to get.

That concludes this review with the 2 minor cons (one being really minor), I still have to give this game a wonderful score.

I give this game a 10/10
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83 of 88 people (94%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2015
These are the pros and cons I have come up with during my first full (100%) playthrough of this game

+ I have never taken so many screenshots in a single game before
+ Platforming
+ Artwork
+ Soundtrack
+ Plot (not just the story...)
+ Humour in almost every cutscene
+ Death barriers are clearly marked so you know which holes are hidden rooms and which aren't
+ Lots of achievements
+ Didn't feel like I was missing too much backstory even though I have yet to play the previous two games in the series

- Two of the three combat skills you can buy are basically useless compared to your standard moveset
- Maps do not tell you which items you have already found (and where they were located) which can lead to excessive backtracking
- All the achievements are making my OCD kick in

All achievements acquired update:

+ The speed run achievements are quite the challenge and the game rewards you with two "fan-service-y" wallpapers if you can beat it in under 2 hours with any% and under 3 hours with 100% completion.

Completed and acquired all achievements for Shantae: Risky's Revenge update:

Pirate's Curse vs Risky's Revenge

+ More bosses
+ More dungeons
+ Less confusing map system
+ Risky's ship and pirate flares replace Warp Squids (much more convenient travel than before)
+ Twice as long to complete (not counting Pirate Mode)
+ Movements and attacks are faster and more fluid
+ More meaningful dialogue and story
+ Artwork of characters has improved and looks more like a visual novel during dialogue
+ Save files now display %completion and location of last save
+ Different attacks do different amounts of damage instead of them all being considered one "hit"
+ Better quality and more memorable music (the soundtrack is also twice as long)
+ Graphics settings now allow true fullscreen (no black bars or stretch) for 1080p monitors

+/- Graphics are more or less the same as Risky's Revenge
+/- Weapons and items replace transformations and magic (I personally like this game mechanic but some people would prefer the hallmark transformations of the previous Shantae games)

Shantae (GBC) 100% complete update

Its kind of funny how I ended up playing this series in reverse order... Now on to the update:

Pirate's Curse has many references to the original GBC game. Many of the songs heard in this game are actually remastered from the old chiptunes of Shantae. While the original game was MUCH more difficult in terms of travel from one area to the next, I feel like Pirate's Curse was a nice change from most of your troubles being day travel (or rather NIGHT travel when enemies were twice as tough) to more emphasis on labrinths, quests, bosses, and overall story. I still think Shantae is one of the best GBC games out there so don't discount it just because I said Pirate's Curse is better. If you ever do get a chance, play Shantae (GBC).

Verdict: Buy it now out of 10
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11.9 hrs
Posted: October 12
Quite frankly, after having completed it this evening, I can conclude that this is my favourite 2D platformer of all time. It is clear that the game was crafted with the love that it deserved, and is a brilliant title which can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages and skill levels.

The game also had me genuinely laughing at many points, and is a testament to prove those who say that "comedy cannot be done right in video games" completely and utterly wrong.

Highly recommended.
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9.0 hrs
Posted: October 11
would relax inside a bathtub (even though i don't own one) again.

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14.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
Shantae is my wife
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1.3 hrs
Posted: October 1
Shantae games are always a delight. Lots of humor, lots of fun and good game mechanics.
The games always do spike in difficulty towards the end but the characters, animation and gameplay are always worth it.

Buy it, enjoy it. Its that simple.
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