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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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.Walrus
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Bought it due to hearing the music, stayed because holy ♥♥♥♥ its one of the most fun platformers I've ever played
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MANBOOPHIN
8.8 hrs
Posted: August 24
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LonM
13.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
Pirates Curse is a good sequel to the previous shantae game. Although I did find that it was rather easy, and it seemed shorter/more compartmentalized than the previous one. Rather than having an 'open' map to explore, you're given seperate worlds, which I guess makes it seem smaller, even if it's about the same size. Still gives for a good length playthrough though.

The story is a good continuation, and there's lots of humour to be found in it. The art is very good, keeping in style. There are some good and some great music tracks to go with the levels.

Good game. In terms of your engagement, it may work as a standalone game, but probably works better as a sequel to the previous one (risky's revenge).
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Thanatos
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
Quality action adventure sidescroller game.
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Laughing
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 22
Shantae is a platformer created by WayForward and published by Capcom for the Game Boy Color in 2002. It is the first title in the Shantae series, and would later be followed by two sequels,
Shantae: Risky's Revenge, which was released in 2010, and
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse in 2014.
A fourth entry, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, is being developed.

The game follows the adventures of the eponymous half-genie Shantae, who must travel across Sequin Land, the setting of the series, to foil the domination plans of the evil pirate Risky Boots. During her quest, she learns various dances and acquires items which make her progressively stronger as well as unlocking new abilities and locations, leading her to ultimately face off against Risky.

In Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, Shantae loses her magic, and 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.

Not many people remember the wonderful first game in the Shantae series, but this one is just as good. Staying true to its platforming roots, Shantae still lives on. 10/10
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Wacsnie
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 19
Got this through a humblebudle a while back, and so far only a couple of hours in, the artstyle, the characters.. I absolutly love this game!
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Tsunnen
10.2 hrs
Posted: August 16
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is better than it's predecessor in every way.
It's a must play for every metroidvania fan out there.

Pros:
- Amazing gameplay
- Beautiful graphics and art
- Excellent controls
- Great sense of humor and story
- BOOBS EVERYWHERE

Cons:
- Could've been more difficult


9/10 longing for the next Shantae!
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Curtision
53.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
Essentially the 'Super Mario World' of the Shantae series, Bigger, brighter and more satisfying.
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Squid Baron
15.1 hrs
Posted: August 10
My Favorite Boss Came from this game. I love him and he is my squid now.
But I'd Recommend this game to everyone, its funny. the story is great, the Characters are memorable and amazing.
its worth buying.
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KoolDashKid [Moving]
2.6 hrs
Posted: August 6
I'd smash.
10/10
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53.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Essentially the 'Super Mario World' of the Shantae series, Bigger, brighter and more satisfying.
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Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is better than it's predecessor in every way.
It's a must play for every metroidvania fan out there.

Pros:
- Amazing gameplay
- Beautiful graphics and art
- Excellent controls
- Great sense of humor and story
- BOOBS EVERYWHERE

Cons:
- Could've been more difficult


9/10 longing for the next Shantae!
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Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Quality action adventure sidescroller game.
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Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Pirates Curse is a good sequel to the previous shantae game. Although I did find that it was rather easy, and it seemed shorter/more compartmentalized than the previous one. Rather than having an 'open' map to explore, you're given seperate worlds, which I guess makes it seem smaller, even if it's about the same size. Still gives for a good length playthrough though.

The story is a good continuation, and there's lots of humour to be found in it. The art is very good, keeping in style. There are some good and some great music tracks to go with the levels.

Good game. In terms of your engagement, it may work as a standalone game, but probably works better as a sequel to the previous one (risky's revenge).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Bought it due to hearing the music, stayed because holy ♥♥♥♥ its one of the most fun platformers I've ever played
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595 of 674 people (88%) found this review helpful
940 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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96 of 101 people (95%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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110 of 121 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
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.

Pros:
- 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)

Cons:

- 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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114 of 137 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2015
"I'd like to give you a knowing wink now, but my eyes no longer work."

The music is fantastic.
Everything has boobies.

10/10
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55 of 59 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2015
(Note: I fully completed this game on the Wii U, so I have the experience to write a review)

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a 2D Metroidvania Style Platformer with a little bit of RPG sprinkled in. The game takes place after Risky's Revenge. There's a spirit of a once evil pirate called the Pirate Master. His spirit awakens to find out he's capable of taking over Sequin Land, and tries to spread the area with Dark Magic, effectively ruling it slowly but surely. It's up to Shantae, paired up with Risky Boots, to stop the Pirate Master by going to multiple islands and taking out the areas where he's getting his power.

This game is SO much better than Risky's Revenge ever hopes to be. It has a much faster pace overall, so it never feels sluggish. Shantae's attack, movement speed, and even the gameplay itself is generally quick, making killing enemies much less slow and tedious, and making the game overall a better, more paced experience. Other than that, it also has a much more interesting story with tons of character dialog and more immersive character development with funny and witty humor.

You aren't limited to one huge area like in Risky's Revenge, but you now have multiple islands to explore, each with their own individual theme and secrets to uncover; also their own dungeon. It certainly brings a breath of fresh air very often with each of the island's own unique style of puzzles, platforming, and fights. Pretty much makes the game itself very diverse so nothing is boring.

Shantae can no longer dance, but find some of Risky's pirate gear so she is granted more abilites. For example, she can find Risky's hat to have herself gently float downwards or use wind to go up, or Risky's pistol to solve puzzles and shoot enemies from afar. You'll find a new item in each dungeon, and they are well worth the journey to get them. Of course, it also makes the puzzles much more varied

The game is a little more on the RPG side this time around. Shantae's hair and Risky's weapons can be upgraded, and Shantae can even learn some new moves. It takes lots of money to get everything fully upgraded, so spend your gems wisely. It doesn't sound like much, but it's actually alot to upgrade. There's also healing items that enemies drop, and sometimes even attack items. You can access all of that by simply going to the item menu and using it, easy peasy.

Overall, this game is wonderful, and a FANTASTIC step up from Risky's Revenge. If you can get this, get it. It's a wonderful platformer series that has a great, memorable story, and fun, fast gameplay.

9/10
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