Shantae And The Pirate’s Curse

Aside from a few points on which the game’s generally pleasant difficulty takes a turn towards the frustrating; rare miscues in checkpoint placement; and punctual occasions when the backtracking is a bit tedious, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse flirts with sidescrolling perfection. From its overwhelmingly charming presentation to its easy-to-love characters and exquisite design, it is a victory for small developers, long-forgotten properties, and digital distribution. Without the latter, many might have never discovered the wonders of the Shantae franchise and the world might have never known the wonders of The Pirate’s Curse; what a terrible loss it would have been for us gamers.

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Half-Genie, Full-Genius

The game blends all of those influences to produce something relatively unique: a platformer whose levels are tied up in a continuous world and that must, sometimes, be traversed back and forth as players look for collectibles and try to aid charming characters with their troubles.

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