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Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is free-to-keep on GOG

The Shantae series has its origins on Nintendo consoles, where its first game—simply called Shantae—debuted in 2002 for the Game Boy Color. Shantae has spawned five games all up, with the most recent instalments—Half-Genie Hero and Shantae and the Seven Sirens—offering up some enjoyable, if at times overly orthodox, takes on 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 first released for the 3DS back in 2014 and then, a few months later for the Wii U. Since then, Shantae has broken her Nintendo-exclusivity shackles and released for other consoles and PC, but this is a good place to start. It received favourable reviews at launch, and you can’t argue with free.

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