Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is the third within the Shantae sequence, following Shantae: Dangerous’s Revenge and the unique Shantae sport that kicked the hair-flinging off, with it launched first on the Nintendo household of consoles, the 3DS and Wii U, earlier than being launched on the Xbox One and PS4, and Home windows PC in a while. The sport follows the exploits of Shantae, who this time round has misplaced her magic genie powers and has to depend on her hair, as standard in these video games. The massive change right here although is in her alternative of companions, as she groups up along with her arch enemy, Dangerous Boots, in an try to save lots of Sequin Land from a brand new foe, the Pirate Grasp.
The story is suitably bonkers, as you would possibly count on. On the finish of the earlier sport, Shantae misplaced all her genie magic powers, and as such has had a difficult time becoming again into regular society as only a common human. At some point, Shantae is rudely awoken by the sound of cannon fireplace, and he or she rushes out of her home, prepared as at all times to defend the city, even with out her powers. Nonetheless, it seems the ruckus is brought on by the Ammo Baron, who has apparently purchased the city from the hapless Mayor Scuttlebutt. After giving the Ammo Baron kicking, it’s revealed that the forces of Regulation and Order are literally on his aspect, and Shantae is served with a courtroom summons.
Returning residence, Shantae’s day will get a bit worse when Dangerous Boots seems, accusing her of kidnapping her henchmen, and of stealing all of her gear. Nonetheless, collectively, the 2 witness Darkish Magic turning the henchmen from Tinkerbats into Cacklebats. Dangerous deduces from this that the Pirate Grasp – a protracted useless pirate who occurred to be Dangerous’s captain – is attempting to make use of Darkish Magic to revive himself, regardless of being sealed away by all of Sequin Land’s genies. A mutually beneficient alliance should subsequently be cast, and Dangerous and Shantae reluctantly comply with staff up. What this largely boils all the way down to is Dangerous turning into a glorified taxi, taking Shantae to new islands when she discovers maps that present her the place to go. And sure, the sport will get weirder from there on out.
The intention of the Pirate’s Curse is to completely discover all of the islands which are found, with the intention to discover Dens of Evil that are feeding the Pirate Grasp magic; these clearly should be stopped. Alongside the best way, a bit gentle platforming will permit Shantae to search out Cacklebats dotted about, from which the Darkish Magic may be extracted after the applying of some hair whips, earlier than being saved in a genie’s lamp-type system. Discovering all of the Cacklebats is essential to getting the most effective ending within the sport, so backtracking with new skills is at all times worthwhile.
As you discover, you’ll additionally discover Dangerous’s gear dotted about, equivalent to a pistol that may not solely shoot enemies however will also be used to flick switches, a hat that permits Shantae to glide, a scimitar that may break blocks utilizing a downward thrust, boots that allow Shantae to do a cost assault to interrupt some partitions, and a cannon that offers Shantae one thing of a rocket bounce transfer. As you possibly can think about, when Shantae is absolutely tooled up, the degrees flip right into a blur of excessive pace motion and your reflexes can be examined to the restrict.
Now, being a port from the 3DS, Pirate’s Curse has a way more pixelated look than the primary sport that I performed within the sequence, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The truth is, it was off the again of enjoying that and the quantity of enjoyable I had from it, that made me search out some other video games that includes Shantae. I’ll admit although, on firing it up, I used to be considerably greatly surprised by how the sport appeared. To be honest, it’s not dangerous, simply completely different. And the sheer quantity of character that the builders, WayForward, have managed to shoehorn into the sprites, and the animation of Dangerous Boots’s ample charms, ensures that the sport is nice to take a look at. The sound as properly is completely becoming with the theme of the sport, with jolly tunes and extra hair whipping sound results than you possibly can shake a stick at.
I feel it’s honest to explain Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse as nearly Metroidvania-like, as with new stuff, Shantae can get to new areas that she couldn’t earlier than, letting you discover extra secrets and techniques and Cacklebats. There are different little aspect missions to participate in too, equivalent to getting some ladies on Spring Break a swimming pool to frolic in. And naturally, the easiest way to do that is to retailer the odor of cooking ham within the genie lamp factor she retains in her pocket, after which to launch it in entrance of an enormous monster, inflicting it to drool and fill the swimming pool up. This then causes a spell to turn into obtainable, which is in flip utilized by one other NPC to open up a brand new space, and so forth and so forth. An absence of content material shouldn’t be an issue that this sport has, let’s put it that manner!
All in all, I actually loved Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse again in 2016, fortunately going again to it few instances since. It nonetheless stands up at the moment too, offering a stiff problem and a few very amusing gameplay. And naturally, since that point, Shantae and the Seven Sirens has additionally launched on Xbox. However, these are my recollections, each outdated and new, of the booty shaking platform motion of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse from 2016. However what about you guys on the market on the opposite aspect of the display screen? Did you play the sport again within the day, and in that case what did you assume? Tell us within the feedback!
And should you haven’t performed it, you possibly can seize Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse on Xbox from the Xbox Retailer this very minute.