Shantae: Risky’ Revenge is the best game you’ll find on the ill-fated DSiWare shop, but wouldn’t such a fabulously animated game look great on a larger screen? Not to worry, because developer WayForward’s Director’s Cut of the cult-hit is getting a full blown PC release with a batch of new content.
A new trailer shows that not much has changed in the normal world of Shantae. You’ll still control the purple haired genie, whipping pirates with your massive purple ponytail and morphing into animals of all shapes and sizes, everything from monkeys to elephants. All of her genie powers are just as competently ridiculous as ever.
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge’s enormous map hasn’t changed either. The open-ended layout of the game has plenty of secrets and powers to unlock, but WayForward didn’t think to include a fast-travel mechanic in the original release. Through the graceful powers of hindsight, this will no longer be a problem. A new teleportation system in the PC release will take Shantae to specific areas on the map, drastically cutting down on needless backtracking time.
WayForward also included a new “Magic Mode” which will double the power of Shantae’s magic attack, but decrease her defense by about half, making her an overly sensitive walking force of destruction. The new outfit is also adorable, so lots of love there.
I’ve always enjoyed the Shantae series, but I prefer to take them on the go. However, those who don’t have a Nintendo 3DS and want to check out what is one of the best modern day 2D platforming series, you can’t go wrong with the PC release. WayForward is the reigning champion of retro style games, and Risky’s Revenge should be enough to show you why.
Hopefully, it turns enough people on to get them excited for the impending release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse.