Shantae: Risky's Revenge

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Innovative platformer for DSi loaded with sexy girls.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

This is a simplistic video game adventure story about a good half-genie going up against some evil pirates. Expect a bit of juvenile humor about boobs and poop.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though too sexual to be a suitable role model for younger girls, Shantae is kind and good spirited. She wants to prove herself and be accepted by the town in which she lives. She spends a lot of time fighting, but her enemies are generally fantastical monsters, and the violence isn’t gory or excessive.

Ease of Play

The controls are dead simple, but finding your way around the layered environments is tricky; it’s very easy to become lost in certain areas.


Players whip enemies with Shantae’s long hair and have access to several special attacks, including spinning spiky balls and fiery magic. Enemies include skeletons, pirates, and various magical creatures, the majority of which simply disappear when defeated.


Shantae and many of the game’s other female characters have exaggerated breasts that jiggle and wear tops that reveal deep cleavage. Breasts are occasionally referenced in obvious double entendres, including one about “jugs.” Shantae can perform a little dance that involves shaking her pelvis and chest.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shantae: Risky’s Revenge is a downloadable platformer for the Nintendo DSi with noticeably suggestive themes. Many of the game’s female characters -- including the game’s hero, Shantae -- are scantily clad, showing off large bosoms that jiggle as they move. The fighting, meanwhile, is relatively mild; the player’s main weapon isn’t a gun or a sword but rather Shantae’s long hair, which she uses like a whip. Plus, bad guys are fantasy creatures that simply disappear when defeated. Note that this game is only available via download through the DSi shop.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written January 1, 2017


Well, you know what.
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byeelee June 15, 2011

Good for most to all ages, great game.

Excellent Game altogether, the only thing some parents might worry about is the whole breast-thing. Though, excellent gameplay, and a good sequel. Yes, I have t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 1, 2015

Sexy Female Characters Might Be The Problem With Some Parents.

This game is pretty fun but all of the female characters are sexualized and expose large amounts of cleavage and even one female character seems to be depicted... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2010

What's it about?

SHANTAE: RISKY’S REVENGE is the long-awaited sequel to Shantae, a much-loved platformer released for Game Boy Color nearly a decade ago. It follows the story of a sexy half-genie who uses her hair as a whip to beat up enemies including skeletons, zombies, and pirates. She can also shape-shift into animals -- like an elephant -- to gain access to new areas in the game, and players can buy special attack abilities such as spiked balls and fiery magic. Parents should note that it’s only available for the Nintendo DSi; kids with older model DS consoles that don’t have access to the web-based DSi Shop will not be able to purchase it.

Is it any good?

There’s a lot to like about this polished, innovative platformer. Its lush environments are alive with colorful vegetation, beautifully drawn structures, and detailed characters, making it one of the prettiest downloadable games yet developed for the DSi. What’s more, some parts of the game allow players to not just move left and right but also use special pads to dive deeper into the screen to explore-able areas that can be seen in the background. It’s a clever way to avoid repetitive side-scrolling navigation.

However, this layered effect also makes it easy to get lost in some places. It can be easy for a player to lose track of where she is and where she needs to go next in order to progress. This, combined with some needlessly juvenile humor, keeps Shantae: Risky’s Revenge from becoming the exceptional platformer it could have been. It’s one of the best downloadable DSi games to date, but it’s not perfect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about women in games. Can a highly sexualized female character be a good role model for girls?

  • Families can also discuss violence in games. What criteria do you use in determining whether a game is too violent for the children in your family?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $12
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Way Forward
  • Release date: October 3, 2010
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence, Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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