Shantae and the Pirate's Curse has the player take up the controller as Shantae, a half-genie with a mean hairdo.
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse is a 2D adventure side-scroller where the player uses Shantae's hair to attack enemies, along with a variety of skills and gear earned along the way. Graphics are pixelated and harken back to the old days of gaming, along with some well-drawn character portraits for conversations.
The gameplay is very smooth and feels satisfying when you manage to take down bosses or hard-to-kill monsters. The game features a very limited set of gear and ways to take down monsters, but don't let that fool you, the enjoyment is beyond what anyone would expect. The dungeons of the game contain various puzzles that are fun to figure out and satisfying to complete.
Loading times are very short in this game, with only a handful of seconds to load up a brand new area or travel across the world. Very fast, considering newer next-gen title's comparatively longer load times.
The story is simplistic, with Shantae needing to defeat a handful of bosses at the end of an equal handful of dungeons, culminating in a final boss fight. The cast of characters are mostly people returning from previous titles, some even working with you when in the past you may have been enemies. Interactions between characters are very well done and funny, a nice change of pace from recent serious titles like
Goat Simulator Far Cry Primal.
This game is very well done and an overall quick and amazing experience. Considering it's cheap price, it's well-worth the cost and more. The game is only about half a gig, leaving plenty of room on your console for other titles.