Shantae and the Seven Sirens
Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a platforming game developed by WayForward Technologies for Apple systems, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch in 2020. It is the fifth title in the Shantae series.
Shantae and her friends take a vacation to Paradise Island to meet four other half-genies. However, things go awry when these four half-genies, including a disguised Rottytops, are mysteriously kidnapped by hostile sirens, prompting Shantae to embark on a quest to rescue them and learn that Paradise Island is not at all what it seems to be.
Why It Rocks
- Features much of the same charm as its predecessors.
- The concept of Shantae visiting an island shrouded in mystery to meet other half-genies like her is not only engaging and interesting, but also greatly expands on the universe's lore.
- Continues the trend set by Half-Genie Hero of a beautiful 2D art style in a 2.5D environment. There are now even a few cutscenes in vibrant hand-drawn animation, including the thirty-second opening specifically animated by Studio Trigger.
- Extremely accessible for beginners who have never played Metroidvania-esque platformers before. Those wishing for an extra challenge can also play a New Game Plus mode, with more magic and less defense.
- Shantae's transformations are actually incorporated into her moveset, making them even easier to use than before. The regular magic feature now uses magic shared by the other half-genies, making its usage more practical.
- Defeating enemies has actual meaning this time around, as some enemies may drop Monster Cards. After enough Monster Cards of any specific enemy are collected, they can be used to augment Shantae's abilities, similar to badges from the first two Paper Mario games.
- Great retro chiptune soundtrack, despite being inferior to Half-Genie Hero's excellent soundtrack.
- The mobile version is slightly inferior to the console versions, what with its unruly control scheme and its lack of certain animated cutscenes.
The game received generally positive reviews from critics and casual players alike.