It’s been some time since the last Shantae title I’ve played. So I was glad to see WayForward bringing some of their classics to next-gen consoles, starting with Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut on the PlayStation 5. If you’re a fan of the series or just love action/platform games, this game will grant your wish either way.
Originally released back in 2010 on the Nintendo DS, this adventure stars the half-genie Shantae who just wants to fit in with the people in Scuttle Town. Things seem to be going well until the wacky pirate Risky Boots and her gang show up to steal an ancient magic lamp Shantae’s Uncle Mimic found.
After Risky messes up the town and escapes with the lamp, Shantae is banished from town by the Mayor, and it falls on her to find some magic seals that can release the power of the lamp before Risky can get them. You’ll have to travel to all kinds of different lands that each have their own special ways to traverse them.
Thankfully Shantae has the power of dance on her side that allows her to transform into different creatures to overcome any obstacle in her way. Need to climb things with ease? Change into a monkey. Need some power on your side? Turn into an elephant. Then of course there’s her standard form where she whips her hair as a weapon and can jump around pretty well.
You’ll also come across some upgrades that will help turn the tides in your favor, such as speeding up her hair whip, a spike ball shield and more. Fans of retro and pixel art games will love the presentation here as this is shown in all its classic glory. You can choose from different borders on the sides of your screen, can stretch it to fit widescreen, or just have black bars on the sides.
Besides the cool visuals, the soundtrack is where a lot of the fun comes from. It keeps you wanting to play as the tunes fit what’s happening on the screen perfectly. From chipper, happy tunes to dreary laced with a bit of fun music, the soundtrack keeps you into the game. On a cool sidenote, I noticed some of the sound effects were coming from the PS5 DualSense controller speaker as I played which was a nice touch.
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut won’t push your PlayStation 5 console to any kind of limits, but it’s cool to see some of the classic pixel games make their way to it. Fans of the game series and classic action/platformer titles will have a great time with this one as there’s plenty of fun and genie dance magic than Shantae can shake her hips at.