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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.

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Release Date


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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.


The story of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for PC, SWITCH and etc. 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.


Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for PC, SWITCH and etc. 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.


A strong point of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero for PC, SWITCH and etc. 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.

Game mode: single player  

User score: 8,5 / 10 based on 46 votes.

Pre-release expectations: 9.5 / 10 based on 211 votes.

PEGI rating Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty. Game contains depictions of violence.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Dual Core 2.2 GHz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • graphic card 512 MB GeForce 310 or better
  • 2 GB HDD
  • Windows 7(SP1)
  • 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
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