Review: Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut (PS4)

Shantae: Risky’s Revenge Director’s Cut brings hair-whipping, belly-dancing to your PlayStation 4! Play one of the most critically acclaimed handheld series of all time, now with brand new features!

Shantae Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut (3)


  • Pixel art graphics.
  • Small download file size >400MB.
  • Four screen mode options: 4:3, 4:3 with borders, 16:9 wide and original.
  • 13 trophies.
  • Metroidvania gameplay
  • Simple controls.
  • Bouncy happy soundtrack.
  • Retro atmosphere.
  • 2D platformer set in a 3D world.
  • Warp pillars for fast travel.
  • Save points scattered around the world.
  • Use jump pads to transition between the layers.
  • Collect gems to buy new gear/items.
  • Multiple endings.
  • Three save slots.

Shantae Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut (2)


  • Slow starter.
  • Cannot save when/where ever you like.
  • Confusing map.
  • Game over puts you back to last save meaning a lot of replaying.
  • Tedious platform sections.
  • A lot of unskippable text conversations.
  • Story is a bit on the short side.

Shantae Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut (1)

So true story, This is my first ever go at a Shantae game despite hearing good things about them. I see what all the fuss is about now! I mean its like a next gen NES game as I get catapulted back to a time where timing is everything, nothing is given to you and save points are a nice to have. Hitting you in the face with the pixel art graphics we see so readily now a days, The games charms are in the game play itself. 2D plat former with the abuility to change into animals via  a quick dance. The game will not help you in any way, You are alone and must respect the world you are in. This will not be easy but my God it will be retro fun!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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