The Shantae series has its origins in Nintendo’s consoles, where its first game – simply called Shantae – debuted in 2002 for the Game Boy Color. Shantae spawned five games in all, with the most recent installments – Half-Genie Hero and Shantae and the Seven Sirens – offering some nice, if sometimes overly orthodox, options in the Metroidvania format. The third game in the series, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, is currently free to keep on GOG (opens in new tab).
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse was first released for the 3DS in 2014, and a few months later for the Wii U. Since then Shantae has broken her Nintendo-exclusive shackles and released it to other consoles and PC, but this is a good one. place to start. It received favorable reviews at launch and you can’t argue with the free one.
It’s the first Shantae game to stray from the retro pixel art style, with a bright HD cartoon art style that will appeal to anyone whose eyes tear up fondly at the sight. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. You really shouldn’t play the Shantae games for their storytelling prowess, but this one has the protagonist fighting a crime wave that has infected the normally tranquil surroundings of Sequin Land. Shantae uses her ponytail to kill her enemies, and can belly dance to transform into different forms (she’s a bit of a genius, you know).
Shantae’s offer coincides with GOG’s Summer Sale, which is selling various retro and modern games at heavily reduced prices. This sale ends June 27, but Shantae won’t be free until the next day and a half, or until 6am Thursday morning PDT / 2pm Thursday in London. enter fast (opens in new tab).