Perhaps you’re familiar with the Shantae games by WayForward, a cult-classic series of metroidvania style adventures – starring a half-genie girl with long purple hair – ever since the first title launched on the Gameboy Color back in 2002. Since then WayForward has managed to self-develop two whole sequels – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (our review), and Shantae: The Pirate’s Curse – while still doing their day job of contract work for bigger publishers. In order to get their fourth title in the series out much faster – an HD experience for the PC – they’ve recently launched a Kickstarter for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which is currently sitting at roughly 90% funded.
Now here comes the part that should especially get iDevice users excited: WayForward, in order to promote their Kickstarter, is freely giving away Shantae: Risky’s Revenge on iTunes for a limited time. Furthermore, they’ve gone back and updated the game to contain a new optional mode where – upon donning a new outfit – players will be able to replay the experience with all new stats. This new ‘Dancer Shantae’ – as WayForward has dubbed her – will have more magical power, at the cost of having less life, and should apparently be perfect for players aiming to complete speed-runs.
Those who do not yet have this bright and colorful metroidvania style classic should download it immediately while the promotion is still active, and perhaps also consider backing Wayfoward’s Kickstarter if they like what they see.