Shantae Half Genie Hero marks the first review on “Current Corner”
Shantae is a long running series about a half genie girl and her bizarre adventures. Stemming from origins on the Game Boy color (that is quite expensive to own right now) all the way to various current generation console offerings, the series has grown quite a cult following. Rightfully so because it is quite good.
Lets get into the most current game with my Shantae Half Genie Hero Review.
The plot is basically, that Shantae starts as the half genie protector of her town and ultimately is sent on a giant fetch quest for an invention her uncle is building. Things happen, and you really have to play the game to see the rest without spoiling anything.
One of the best things about Shantae (especially with this being mainly a retro site…) is that it plays a lot like a 8 or 16 bit platformer. The best comparison for a play style would be along the lines of Castlevania Symphony of the Night or Super Metroid. How that fits in with Shantae Half Genie Hero, is that she must collect various transformations and powers to progress. For example, her Elephant power seen above that lets various walls be broken, and a stomp ability that can unearth items.
There are 8 different transformations such as the Elephant, a bat, and even a Mermaid just to name a few. Shantae’s main attack however is a hair whipping attack, that can have both the speed and power upgraded with various items from the in game item shop.
The visuals in Shantae Half Genie Hero are excellent. A cel-shaded cartoon style with many well drawn interesting enemies and even larger boss fights (no boss fight pictured to avoid spoilers). I played and took these screen shots from the Wii U version but there are Playstation 4 and Psvita versions also.
Shantae Half Genie Hero really has it all. Great platforming, a funny story, and just enough difficulty to be accessable by anyone but not so easy to be uninteresting. Even my favorite stage as picture above that is a side scrolling shooter somewhat like Gradius.
To conclude my Shantae Half Genie Hero Review, I would definitely recommend giving it a try. There really isn’t anything to say bad, except maybe that it is a little short. I think I finished in around 4 hours. If you can get past the somewhat cutesy visuals and like Super Metroidesque games (Reminds me a lot of Rayman in the visuals now that I think of it actually) then it is definitely a must play.
Best thing is it can be found pretty cheap new. At the time of writing, Shantae Half Genie Hero was $29.99 on Amazon.