Genies are generally a mixed bag. You’ve got terrible Jinn’s like Kazaam and that guy from the Wishmaster flicks, and then you’ve got some cool ones like Genie from Aladdin and Jeannie the Genie. You can now add another cool Djinn to the list with WayForward’s Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a platformer that puts you to work hair-whipping bad guys your ponytail as you explore the strange world of Sequin Land and take down big nasty bosses. An evil spirit has awoken, and you’ll have to help Shantae vanquish it by through solving puzzles and hair-whipping that would make Willow Smith proud. Ponytails aside, she also knows some mean belly dances that let her transform into different creature forms. She’s not your typical belly dancer, or Genie for that matter.
WayForward is the team behind Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and you may have heard of them and Shantae. The original game was released way back in 2002 for the Game Boy Color and a sequel dubbed Risky’s Revenge caught a release on DSiWare in 2010. She’s a popular little Genie that even made an appearance on iOS and has another game set to be released on the 3DS eShop later this year.
As for WayForward, they’ve worked on some games you may have played. Contra 4, Batman: he Brave and the Bold, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, and Mighty Switch Force just to name a few. They were also responsible for a game called DuckTales: Remastered that a lot of us enjoyed a few months back. Needless to say, they’ve got plenty of talent and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is going to be an awesome platformer when its complete.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s Kickstarter ended today, and they blew by their original goal of $400,000 to raise around $776,084. What do gamers get for $700k? How about three chapters full of interesting characters, special abilities, tricky puzzles, and big bosses? That was the ‘original’ plan, but WayForward has blown through three stretch goals, so you’re going to get a Bonus Chapter involving Magic Carpets, a Costume Swap that lets you replay the game with special moves and rebalanced stats. You’ll also get a new mode called “Risky Mode” which lets you play as Risky Boots as you go through the campaign trying to defeat Shantae.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero won’t see the light of day this year, but its successful Kickstarter project ensures you’ll get to experience the dancing Djinn for yourself next year. Shantae is already approved for development on every system under the sun including the next-gen consoles, and you should be able to pick it up sometime in October of 2014. If you’d like to learn more about Shantae: Half-Genie Hero or check out some of WayForward’s other titles just hit up the links below. Wayforward is also accepting pre-orders/donations through their website via Paypal if you missed out on the Kickstarter and still want to give to the game.