The latest entry in the Shantae series has officially been released! Well, technically only half of it has been released so far. Shantae And The Seven Sirens is officially available for iOS devices through Apple Arcade, months ahead of its still-unannounced console release date.
The fifth Shantae game was announced this past March when developer and publisher WayForward confirmed the game would be released on various consoles, including the new Apple Arcade for iOS. Though the title was released earlier this week, only half of the full game is available to play. Sources say that the rest of the game will be available as a free download in the future, though there's no date yet as to when that will occur. No release date for the game's other ports - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch - has been confirmed yet either.
Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a platformer that follows half-genie, half-human Shantae in her latest adventure as she explores a tropical island populated with other half-genies just in time for a festival. But there's trouble lurking just around the corner, hidden by the island's sinister secrets. When half-genies start mysteriously disappearing, it's up to Shantae to save them and figure out who's behind this devious plot.
Like previous games in the franchise, this latest title includes dungeon-style labyrinths filled with new enemies and bosses for Shantae to fight. When taking on enemies, Shantae retains her original transformation ability, which is now called "Fusion Magic". Additional special abilities can be unlocked by dancing. The game also introduces a brand-new collectible card system that allows players to receive and collect monster cards that augment Shantae's special powers to suit their own unique playstyle.
Early reviews of the mobile version have praised the gameplay and story, but have been critical of the controls on a mobile device, citing the difficulty in precision without the use of a proper controller. Additionally, the decision to release only the first half of the game is not only confusing but will likely make things difficult for players to recall the story when the second part finally drops.
Shantae And The Seven Sirens is available now for iOS devices via Apple Arcade. Versions for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch are scheduled for release at an unspecified future date.