If you’ve played a Shantae game, this is definitely one of those, only instead of an old-school pixelated affair, it looks like an animated cartoon. The visuals here are gorgeous, the music rich and varied and the gameplay smooth and silky.


Originally slated for release in October 2014, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero arrives a couple of years late, largely due to fulfillment of stretch goals like additional chapters and extra playable characters. Again, so worth the wait.

Check out my Facebook stream archive below for a look at the game’s first 40 minutes.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is available today on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita and Steam.