Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
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About this game
Developer: WayForward Technologies
Content Rating: Teen
Shantae is roused from a deep sleep, suddenly alert. She plunges into the moonlit forest in search of answers. In nearby Scuttle Town she discovers a mysterious trapdoor, and beyond that, a luminous subterranean cavern. A familiar voice calls out, drawing Shantae to a beautiful fountain. Touching its waters she is immediately spirited away to the fabled Genie Realm. At her feet a magical seal swells as some powerful evil seeks escape. The chamber trembles with a deep, bellowing roar and everything goes white. Shantae sits upright, back in her bed. Was it just a dream? Or a vision of things to come?
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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero brings the series to the best place it has ever been, thanks to some fantastic visuals, a catchy soundtrack and a loveable cast of characters. While the quest structure and plot are somewhat lacking, the overabundance of charm exuded by both the cast and setting provide more than enough motivation to look past minor grievances.
With excellent writing, level design, presentation, and soundtrack, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is the perfect execution of the gameplay formula introduced by the original GameBoy Color game. Sure, the game doesn’t feature any true innovation, but when you’re having so much fun taking down bad guys while transformed into a cute elephant, that doesn’t really matter.
Shantae’s reliance on revisiting levels holds Half-Genie hero back, but the excellent platforming, myriad transformation abilities, and characters elevate it to an experience worth pursuing. The world of Sequin Land is a fun place to visit and I enjoyed my time there, even if I was forced to keep seeing the same sights.