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  • Summary: Embark on a brand new adventure which teams Shantae with her arch nemesis, Risky Boots! When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. Shantae must give up her job as Scuttle Towns "Guardian Genie" and become a pirate ifEmbark on a brand new adventure which teams Shantae with her arch nemesis, Risky Boots! When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. Shantae must give up her job as Scuttle Towns "Guardian Genie" and become a pirate if she hopes to get her magic back and save the day. As a pirate, Shantae gains new weapons and tools to advance her quest and power through monsters!

    * Flintlock Pistol (blast enemies and switches from afar)
    * Pirate Hat (glide on the wind using this enormous headwear)
    * Risky's Boots (run at super speeds! Chain your attacks as you dash through enemies & over lava)
    * Cannon (blast yourself into the air on a belch of black powder)

    Core Gameplay Components:

    * Whipping! Destroy monsters, topple bosses, and solve puzzles with your hair
    * Platforming! Run and jump through deviously designed levels
    * Exploring! Navigate a world of interconnected levels and Labyrinths
    * Belly Dancing! Dance with your Magic Lamp to suck up magic and items
    * Customizing! Earn new abilities, unlock stat-boosting artifacts, magic & costumes
    * Storytelling! Flirtatious characters and wonderfully off-beat humor
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 3, 2018
    90
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is one of those games that can quickly put a smile on the player's face. Perhaps the reason for this is because it reminds us of some of the reasons that led - and still do - many of us to love videogames. Addictive gameplay, incredible soundtrack and charismatic characters. Yes, he is inspired by The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Castelvania and Metroid, but has his own charisma and charm and is very competent in what he proposes to do.
  2. Mar 28, 2018
    90
    Shantae is the type of retro platformer that uses every inch of potential that modern platformers provide, almost as if it was just as scarce as space on an NES cartridge. Aside from the remarkable artistry used to produce Pirate’s Curse, it is just incredible fun to sit down and play.
  3. Mar 21, 2018
    90
    If you haven’t gotten around to it by now, this is certainly the best way to play Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse. Tight gameplay, detailed visuals, and charming writing combine to make this a Metroidvania that is a must play for any fans of this genre. We’d give this game a strong recommendation to anybody who hasn’t played it yet and would still encourage veterans to consider double dipping. Though there’s nothing groundbreaking about this re-release, it’s still the same great game that it was before, and the few minor additions are a nice bonus.
  4. Apr 9, 2018
    90
    On the whole, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a stylish and fun 2D platformer that fits as well, if not better, than it does on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Some of the backtracking may be a bit tedious for some and the save system in particular is less than desirable. These are only small criticisms in the grand scheme of things though because Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse as a whole is an absolute joy to play.
  5. Apr 4, 2018
    85
    Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a great platform game, resembling the metroidvania style and standing out for its great artistic design. The story is simple but fun, its charismatic characters and its sense of humor make it an essential within the genre.
  6. 80
    This is the same Pirate’s Curse we’ve been playing since 2014. Back then, I called it one of my favorite 3DS games and I maintain that opinion today. Get it in whatever form is most convenient for you (but seriously the 3D effect is ridiculous).
  7. Mar 20, 2018
    78
    Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is the very same game from 2014 (even from the graphical side), with few improvements, like rumble HD. A fast port that Shantae's hardcore fans and newcomers will enjoy, but for all those that already played it on 3DS, Wii U, PC or Xbox One, there are better options out there, like Half-Genie Hero (also on Switch).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. May 19, 2018
    10
    Lo juegue en PC pero puedo decir que es el mejor juego de shantae que hay.
    Lo mas seguro me termine comprando en Switch xD
  2. May 14, 2018
    8
    Un gran juego que ya viene completo y se disfruta muchisimo en modo portatil