Monday, April 30, 2018

"Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Day One Edition" Review

Dating back to the GameBoy Color days, Shantae has always been a standby on Nintendo handhelds. So it's only natural that the belly-dancing half-genie busts her moves on the Switch, which is something like half a handheld.

While also available on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, Vita and.. Wii U?!? the game feels as though it was made for the Switch. Quick missions emanate from a flashy hub world, sending you off on far-flung adventures that test your twitch skills and strategic maneuverings.

A rhythmic platformer that bursts with color, creativity and rapidly-flowing combat, "Half-Genie Hero" recalls the best the series can offer. Using a combination of jumps, strikes and booty shaking, you take on a bouncing, goofy cadre of enemy fodder.

Sent in the realm of Sequin Land, the game tasks you to defend beleaguered Scuttle Town from the bombardment of Risky Boots, who ringleads an army of soldiers, zombies and pirates.

With 2.5-D platforming thrills pulsing around every corner, there's plenty of delightful fun to be had in the rambunctious romp that is "Half-Genie Hero."
Publisher provided review code.

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