Shantae: Risky's Revenge iPad Review

In 2002, Shantae belly danced her way into Nintendo fans' hearts in the Game Boy Color title of the same name. Then, in 2010, the talented developers at WayForward surpassed their original creation with the DSiWare sequel, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, a critically acclaimed and award winning 2D platformer that, surprise, just made a welcome debut on iPhone and iPad.

This is essentially a port of that game, outfitted with touch screen controls. As such, the story remains the same, as the cute half-genie sets off to stop her arch nemesis, Risky Boots, from running amok.

The game, meanwhile, is vintage WayForward, a wonderful homage to the 2D glory days, back when Super Nintendo and Genesis were kings of the industry. You'll charge through a variety of imaginative and side scrolling levels, using Shantae's hair to destroy enemies while harnessing magic along the way.

Meanwhile, visiting towns lets you interact with a variety of characters, some of which sell valuable items that'll aid Shantae on her quest.

You can also expect a ton of personality and humor, with well-written dialogue and comical situations that enhance Shantae's journey.

The graphics are equally appealing, huge 2D sprites and a cool special effect where the hero is able to jump between planes and visit different areas.

On the downside, the constantly regenerating enemies can be a huge pain, and accidentally tilting the virtual stick up may result in Shantae switching planes, forcing you to go back; not as big a deal as it sounds.

Finally, and for whatever reason, we had trouble unlocking the full game (you download a free trial, and the game's currently $2.99 for a limited time) from the main menu, as the iPhone and iPad failed to give us the old "are you sure you want to buy this" message; we had to unlock while playing. We just hope those constant presses didn't result in several purchases.

Aside from that, this is the same Shantae: Risky's Revenge we know and love, but on much better screens. If you beat this game months ago, there's little reason to download it again. If, on the other hand, this is your first time playing, then by all means. It's $2.99 well spent.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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What's Hot: Plenty of retro inspired goodness, adorable hero, humorous dialogue, lengthy quest, solid controls, universal support.

What's Not: Regenerating enemies, trouble unlocking from the main menu.

4/5