Shantae was a game for the Game Boy Color made by WayForward. Several sequels were started for a few systems including Gameboy Advance and Wii, but none were released until Shantae: Risky’s Revenge this week. Only available for digital download on the DSi store, it is the most expensive game on the marketplace to date at $12.

It’s easy to see the Gameboy roots in this title. The lower DS screen isimage seldom used, alternating between an inventory screen and a map. It’s easy to imagine this screen being accessed by the select button if this were on the Gameboy Advance instead of the DS.

Shantae controls well, and has great  animation for a small sprite. Her main attack is a hair whip, complemented by magic attacks purchased in the town shop, and dance moves that transform her into various creatures. She also has a great dash move which propels her backwards out of harm’s way.

The story is simple. Evil pirate Risky Boots steals a lamp from Shantae’s uncle, and to regain her honimageor as Scuttle town guardian, Shantae must retrieve it. The dialogue between Shantae and  citizens of Sequin Land  is expressed by hand drawn art that pops out over half the screen. The art style is somewhere between Disney and Sonic the Hedgehog, and dialogue is often quite humorous.

Shantae: Risky’s revenge is a fun 2D action platformer with a good variety of attacks and enemies. Shantae is the most fun I’ve had buying hair products, and since this game will always be on my system’s memory, I give it

Game purchased for 1200 Nintendo Points and played for 1 hour on DSi. Click Rating symbol for explanation.

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