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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse Has More Feeling on PS5

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Originally released on the Nintendo 3DS way back in 2014, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse perhaps isn’t the game you’re going to rush out and buy a PS5 for.

If you do have a PS5, however, and have any fondness for good, old-fashioned 2D platforming adventures, you’d be wise to dig into this treasure. The third game in the Shantae series, you don’t really need any prior knowledge of the exploits of the half-genie hero to enjoy what’s on offer here. Though if you do want to start from the beginning, you’ll certainly have the fuller picture and get a little more out of it.

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse finds Shantae, now a human after losing her genie powers, facing off against the evil Pirate Master who threatens all that she knows. He’s such a serious threat, in fact, that Shantae is even prepared to join forces with her nemesis in order to confront him. But before that can happen, there’s lots of work, and adventuring, to be done.

Like pretty much all Shantae games, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is primarily a platform game. You move from one screen to another, negotiating platforms and dispatching enemies with sharp flicks of your hair, picking up collectables along the way. To give the game a bit more depth, however, there are Metroidvania elements as well, with upgrades and items allowing you to gain access to new areas and secrets.

All in all, it’s a thoroughly pleasant adventure thanks to its crisp controls, colourful visuals and balanced gameplay. And now that it’s on PS5, it has some enhancements that make it more immersive and enjoyable than ever before. There’s activity card support, for example, allowing you to quickly resume your game from where you left off. Haptic feedback has been added too, allowing you to feel more at home in its world. Granted, these features aren’t transformational, but they are very welcome.

Perhaps the best thing about the PS5 version of Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is that it’s free for all owners of the PS4 version. So, if you’ve been itching to play through it again and earn more trophies in the process, now’s the time. And for those yet to jump in, know that you’re getting a very entertaining platformer for your money, with tight gameplay and plenty of charm. It may look dated being a game that’s some eight years old, but it can still match modern titles when it comes to providing fun.

Want more information about Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse? Check out our full review here.

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!