"Finally, let me single out the graphics for special mention. I don’t normally value graphics all that highly, but this is a game that really is made much more enjoyable for looking at it. Wayforward has filled these games with best-in-class sprites since the beginning, but not only is this game the developer’s best effort yet but everything is hugely improved by turning up the 3D slider. I’ve always found the best use of stereoscopic 3D is in layering beautiful 2D assets and this game pushes that effect for all it’s worth.
There really isn’t that much to complain about in Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse. It fixes the problems from past games, combines their strengths, and then adds a heap of its own new ideas besides. I had a blast playing it."