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Shantae

Available Platform: Game Boy Color

Shantae is a platformer for the Game Boy Color developed by WayForward and published in 2002 by Capcom. It was later re-released by WayForward itself.

Year2002
GenrePlatformer
Rating4

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PublisherCapcom
DeveloperWayForward
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10, MacOS 10.6+
Updated13 May 2024

Game Review

Shantae is a platformer for the Game Boy Color developed by WayForward and published in 2002 by Capcom. It was later re-released by WayForward itself.

The game unfolds in the enchanting realm of Sequin Land, where players embark on the daring escapades of the titular young genie. Tasked with safeguarding her village, Shantae faces her first challenge when marauding pirates threaten its peace. Initially armed with just her hair-whipping prowess, Shantae gradually unlocks transformative dances, morphing into various animals with unique abilities and arming herself with diverse weaponry.

While adhering to traditional platformer mechanics, Shantae injects a rhythmic flair by integrating dance-based abilities into gameplay. Alongside the main adventure, players can engage in minigames for brief diversions.

This inaugural installment lays the foundation for subsequent entries, seamlessly blending side-scrolling exploration, platforming, and RPG elements. The game's sprawling map invites exploration across diverse terrains, each teeming with distinct challenges and puzzles tailored to Shantae's evolving skill set.

Structured around an overworld, dungeons, and towns, the game offers a multifaceted experience—four elemental labyrinths, akin to classic Zelda dungeons, house crucial abilities essential for progression. Through whimsical dance transformations, Shantae assumes the forms of a monkey, elephant, spider, and harpy, each enabling traversal of specific obstacles.

Towns serve as hubs featuring essential amenities like shops, bathhouses for healing, and Warp Squids for swift travel. Interacting with NPCs yields helpful information and delivers doses of humor, enriching the game's narrative.

Drawing inspiration from The Legend of Zelda and Disney's Aladdin, Shantae boasts a distinctive visual style infused with Middle-Eastern influences. This aesthetic and iconic character designs have become a hallmark of the series.

Complemented by a captivating chiptune soundtrack by Jake Kaufman, Shantae pushes the Game Boy Color's limits despite its modest beginnings. Though initially overlooked commercially, the game has since garnered acclaim as one of the platform's finest offerings, spawning a successful franchise with millions of copies sold.

In conclusion, Shantae is a testament to WayForward's ingenuity, blending innovative gameplay, charming aesthetics, and memorable music into a timeless classic for retro gaming enthusiasts.

Review by: Adam
Published: 13 May 2024 12:50 pm

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