A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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.
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