Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Two-dimensional platformer developed by the team at Way Forward Technologies. The game is another entry in a series that originally launched in 2002 on Game Boy Color. The story of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero takes place in fairy tale-like land, inspired by the One Thousand and One Nights. A half-genie, half-human heroine takes off to a different dimension to fight against a recklessly freed ancient evil. Gameplay is based on the Castlevania and Metroid series, so it comes down to exploration, solving puzzles and fighting enemies, including challenging bosses. Heroine's main weapons are her incredibly strong hair and the ability to change into magical beasts by performing certain dancing moves. As we progress our protagonist gathers experience points, which she uses to unlock more skills – namely, changing into new beasts.

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PC / Windows
Game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PC) Cover
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | PC

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Way Forward Technologies | game developer

Way Forward Technologies | publisher  

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date for PC:

game language:
English

20 December 2016 | Worldwide

20 December 2016 | Europe

20 December 2016 | USA

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.7 / 10 calculated out of 35 players' votes.  

PlayStation Vita
Game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PSV) Cover
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | PS Vita

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Way Forward Technologies | game developer

Way Forward Technologies | publisher  

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date for PS Vita:

game language:
English

20 December 2016 | Worldwide

20 December 2016 | Europe PAL

20 December 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.6 / 10 calculated out of 30 players' votes.  

Microsoft XBOX ONE
Game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (XONE) Cover
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | XBOX ONE

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Way Forward Technologies | game developer

Way Forward Technologies | publisher  

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

20 December 2016 | Worldwide

20 December 2016 | Europe PAL

20 December 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 29 players' votes.  

Nintendo Wii U
Game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (WiiU) Cover
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | WiiU

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Way Forward Technologies | game developer

Way Forward Technologies | publisher  

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date for WiiU:

game language:
English

20 December 2016 | Worldwide

20 December 2016 | Europe PAL

20 December 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 27 players' votes.  

Microsoft Xbox 360
Game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (X360) Cover
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | XBOX 360

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Way Forward Technologies | game developer

Way Forward Technologies | publisher  

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date for XBOX 360:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 29 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 3
Game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PS3) Cover
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | PS3

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Way Forward Technologies | game developer

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date for PS3:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 27 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PS4) Cover
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | PS4

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Way Forward Technologies | game developer

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date for PS4:

game language:
English

20 December 2016 | Worldwide

20 December 2016 | Europe PAL

20 December 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 10 / 10 calculated out of 30 players' votes.  

Nintendo Switch
Game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (Switch) Cover
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero | Switch

Arcade, fantasy, platform, 2D, Kickstarter

Companies responsible for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Way Forward Technologies | game developer

Way Forward Technologies | publisher  

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero release date for Switch:

game language:
English

08 June 2017 | Worldwide

08 June 2017 | Europe PAL

08 June 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a two-dimensional platformer, part of the series started in 2002 on Game Boy Color console. It has been developed by WayForward studio, the same team which created all of the previous games from the series.

Plot

The story of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for PC / Windows takes place in fairy-tale land, inspired by the the tales of One Thousand and One Nights. Title heroine is a half-genie and half-human, and her long hair is tough enough to serve a whip during fights. She can also transform into a few types of magical beasts by performing specific sequences of belly dance. The game starts at one night, when Shantae wakes up after a strange premonition. Following her intuition, she reaches a mysterious fountain. After touching water she is taken to a dimension filled with djinns. Unfortunately, her journey results in the release of the ancient evil, that the heroine will have to defeat. Campaign has been divided into chapters, each introducing new plots, and additional types of enemies, concluded by a battle with a powerful boss.

Gameplay

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for PC / Windows is a classic 2D platformer inspired by Castelvania and Metroid series. This means that each level has an open structure, giving us freedom in deciding how we wish to explore each fragment of the world. Character development is also an important feature, as she collects experience points that can be spent on new dancing moves, or unlocking new beasts to transform into. Many places are initially out of heroine’s reach and only after acquiring new abilities we can return and gain access. Gameplay is also varied by clever puzzles.

Technicalities

A strong point of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for PC / Windows is the quality of its technical side. Visuals combine three-dimensional surroundings with smoothly animated 2D characters. The game is set in an eye-catching cartoonish style.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz/AMD Phenom II X6 1035T 2.6 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460/Radeon HD 7850 or better, 3 GB HDD, Windows 8/10
Minimum: Dual Core 2.2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 310 or better, 2 GB HDD, Windows 7(SP1)

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero launch trailer

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