Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse

I’m playing the 3DS version, and there’s a 3D effect on her boobs. Just wanna get it out of the way right at the start. There’s a lot of fanservice, but it’s all very silly and the kind that you can just roll your eyes at.

Pirate’s Curse is the third entry in the series, picking up immediately where Risky’s Revenge left off. Half-Genie Half-Human Shantae is left without her genie powers after the wonderfully-named Risky Boots stole them, and now faces having guardianship of her homeland revoked. The ancient pirate king decides this is an excellent time to come back from the dead, and Risky ain’t about that at all so teams up with Shantae to make sure it doesn’t happen.

In gameplay terms, definitely more of the same- which is no bad thing. Metroidvania-lite 2D platforming with some of the finest pixel-art sprite animation I’ve ever seen. It really needs to be seen to be believed- the expression and fine detail shown in the animations of every single part of the world are astonishing.

Fin or Bin:

Risky’s Revenge was very good, if non-essential, and Pirate’s Curse is shaping up to be the same. It’s definitely more enjoyable if you treat it like a platformer with occasional backtracking, rather than a metroidvania in it’s full definition. It’s a Fin.


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