A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4! Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 4, 2013.
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All future pledges made after the Kickstarter ends will be applied to our Stretch Goals!
Thank you for your support and making Half-Genie Hero happen! We did it!
The Kickstarter is over but the fun continues at www.wayforward.com!
Every copy of the game gets FREE DLC!
Over the last 23 years WayForward has developed more than 200 licensed titles, our most recent being Ducktales: Remastered. When circumstances permit, we also make weird and wonderful original games like Shantae and the Mighty Series.
In all that time, fan letters, support emails and interviewers have made our most frequently asked question, “Why don't you guys make more original games?”
Kickstarter allows us to do just that! With your help we can create a large-scale multi-console game that's well beyond our usual self-publishing budgets.
Best of all, we have our ducks in a row. Half-Genie Hero is already approved for development on Wii U, PS3, PS4, VITA & VITA TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam (Windows PC). Now it's time to start making the game.... all we need is your support!
Who is Shantae? Why, she's the star of our game! She’s a human/genie hybrid (a Half-Genie) who hair-whips monsters with her ponytail, and belly dances to transform into magical creatures. She explores Sequin Land, solves labyrinths, trashes epic bosses, and foils the busty buccaneer Risky Boots, always managing to save the day! She's been featured in three daring adventures, all designed exclusively for Nintendo handhelds. Now Shantae's headed for the living room, but her core gameplay elements will remain intact:
-Whipping! Destroy monsters, topple bosses, and solve puzzles with your hair
-Belly Dancing! Dance to transform into a variety of creature forms
-Platforming! Run and jump through deviously designed levels
-Exploring! Navigate a world of interconnected levels and Labyrinths
-Customizing! Earn new abilities, unlock stat-boosting artifacts, magic & costumes
-Storytelling! Flirtatious characters and wonderfully off-beat humor
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero continues the tradition of action/adventure in the spirit of Metroid, Castlevania, and the Legend of Zelda. Our goal is to introduce Shantae to a whole new audience with a fresh art style and a brand spanking new storyline. As always, we're putting pitch perfect controls in the front seat.
In our story, Shantae is roused from a deep sleep, suddenly alert. She plunges into the moonlit forest in search of answers. In nearby Scuttle Town she discovers a mysterious trapdoor, and beyond that, a luminous subterranean cavern. A familiar voice calls out, drawing Shantae to a beautiful fountain. Touching its waters she is immediately spirited away to the fabled Genie Realm. At her feet a magical seal swells as some powerful evil seeks escape. The chamber trembles with a deep, bellowing roar and everything goes white. Shantae sits upright, back in her bed. Was it just a dream? Or a vision of things to come?
As the player it's your job to find the source of this new evil power and banish it once and for all. The story is doled out in CHAPTERS, with each chapter introducing new subplots, friends & foes, a new Transformation to discover, puzzles to solve, hazards to overcome, and a Boss to conquer. Revisiting past chapters with newly acquired abilities will unlock the next set of paths, powers & plot-lines.
Our funding price will allow us to create an action-packed opening stage (with boss), 3 Chapters, and an exciting conclusion; similar to previous Shantae games. But why stop there? Together we can make this game truly epic by reaching our STRETCH GOALS!
Matt Bozon: Director of Contra 4, Mighty Switch Force!, and the Shantae series is back in the director’s chair, making odd noises and leading the charge.
Jake Kaufman: Fund this pup for the soundtrack alone! He composed the previous Shantae OST's and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
WF Animation Team: Character animation and visual design provided by our battle-hardened feature film veterans... the same crack team that brought you a Boy and His Blob, Batman: the Brave and the Bold, and Ducktales: Remastered.
Inti Creates: The developer that brought you the Mega Man series is providing character concepts and illustrations!
Mariel Cartwright: the Lead Animator for the much acclaimed 2D fighter Skullgirls is also animating Shantae!
Gigi Digi: Best known for her work on Cucumber Quest! Gigi is the source of these beautifully stylized backgrounds.
WF 3D Team: From environments to VFX, our diverse 3D talent has amazing range. Who else can build both Duckburg and Silent Hill?
WF Engine Team: Our engine tech is world class. PC based, 1080p, and the silky smooth 60 frames-per-second our games demand.
WF STAFF: Last but certainly not least, our programmers, level designers, directors, department leads, writers, testers and producers (defenders of your funds and our deadlines) are all on board.
Stretch Goals are an important part of this project, because they will shape the game's content in a big way. Animated sequences, Extra Chapters, and Unlockable Costumes will add something special to the final product and make an already great game even greater! A few of our Stretch Goals will be revealed over the next 30 days, just to keep you on your toes and have some fun...!
We've assembled a slew of great goods that you won't find anywhere else! Scan the following list of Backer Rewards with your peepers... whether you're looking for some cool Shantae loot or want to help us make the game, there's something here for you!
Shantae began her journey in 1994 and saw her first game released in 2002. For over a decade Shantae games have won awards and acclaim the world over:
Shantae (Game Boy Color): Risky Boots transforms a simple steam-engine into a magical monstrosity! Can Shantae save Sequin Land from disaster? The game that started it all. Reviewers named Shantae the Game Boy’s swan song. It earned a perfect score from Nintendo Power and was deemed a “Best Nintendo Game of All Time” in their final issue. Distributed by Capcom in 2002, Shantae has become one of the rarest and most sought after collectables out there. It was recently re-released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console.
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge (DSiWare): Risky returns with a magic lamp capable of stealing Shantae's "genie half". Is this beginning of the end for Shantae and her friends? The sequel was a long time coming -- but was worth the wait, earning the highest Metacritic rating across all handhelds in 2010. The game was ported to iOS the following year. It was named Game of the Week by Apple and has since been featured numerous times as an "essential" platformer in the App Store.
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (coming soon to Nintendo 3DS eShop): When a curse falls upon Sequin Land, Risky Boots and Shantae must join forces to battle unimaginable evil. The third act in the pixel series, this highly anticipated game is nearing the end of development, and will be available for download this Winter.
Located in Valencia, California and established in 1990. We've made games for just about every gaming platform in existence starting with the SNES and Game Boy. We have a deep passion for gaming, animation, and all forms of arts & entertainment. We believe that every game has the potential to be someone's very first or favorite, which is why we strive to make every title a reflection of our absolute best efforts.
Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, stalk us on YouTube. We’ll be posting FREQUENT UPDATES over the next 30 days. New concepts, behind the scenes videos, character designs, and music drops will make this a very exciting month... you might even see some special guests!
Risks and challenges
Every production is about mitigating risk and overcoming obstacles, which we've been doing for over 2 decades. Our proprietary game engine and production pipeline has been field tested in numerous shipped titles. Our servers create offsite redundant backups daily and every file is version-controlled. We're authorized developers with all first parties, and we're armed with development kits for our proposed platforms. We have Sony, Microsoft, Valve, and Nintendo approval, and we're familiar with their submissions processes. We have a full staff ready to support this product, including our own QA department and test equipment for each target platform.
This is WayForward, doing what we do best, better than ever before! The only thing we need now... is your help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We're currently in pre-production. Everything you see here is an early proof-of-concept. We have not gone into full development on this game, but we'd love to!
Yes! Once you've selected your reward tier, you will see a text field where you can enter your total pledge amount. For each additional download code, please add $15 to your pledge amount. You can add multiple copies for the same platform or mix it up.
At the end of a successfully funded campaign, we will start development. During the course of development backers will be sent a survey which allows them to select their platform/console(s) of choice.
Steam is worldwide. Consoles (including Vita) will be available in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Russia, and South Africa. The in-game text will be translated from English to French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
The price is not set, and some 1st parties (Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft) may play a part in selecting the price. It will be no lower than $15. The game's content could increase significantly depending on which stretch goals are met. So locking in at $15 is advisable.
No. We are creating this product for devices with HD (or near HD) screen dimensions. We have a Shantae game in development that was designed exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse.
That was a loaded question, because yes there is! You can download it right here (this is a new link; the old one expired):
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Once downloaded, check the readme, and start spreading the word about Shantae: Half-Genie Hero! You can use everything there to make silly images, tweets, posts, or any other fan-made creations (non-profit please) that will help tell more people about this game.
Short on time? Re-tweeting us is highly effective. You can follow us on Twitter: @WayForward
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Shantae will grant your every wish whilst lurking behind your icons.Estimated delivery:
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1,000 backers All gone!
EARLY ADOPTER! Get the game! We'll send you a download code for the platform of your choice... for cheaps! [includes desktop wallpaper]Estimated delivery:
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GET THE GAME! We'll send you a download code for the platform of your choice. A fine option to be sure, but do read on. More fine choices await your perusal. [includes desktop wallpaper]Estimated delivery:
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DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK! Ah yes, the OST! This epic soundtrack will include all the game's tunes, plus Kickstarter exclusive Bonus Tracks you won't find anywhere else. [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:
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DIGITAL ART BOOK! Get sketches, character bios, concepts, and more in a book made of pure energy. [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:
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EARLY ACCESS! Download the Beta Version to your Windows PC and give it a spin before anyone else! [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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TINKERBAT TRANSFORMATION! Shantae dances to transform into various creatures, but none so rare as the Tinkerbat! This special playable character will be made available only to Kickstarter Backers, accessible via an UNLOCK CODE. [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:
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CONTRIBUTOR: Your name in the Credits! You'll also get to vote on transformations, magical moves, & boss designs. Help shape the game! [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
STANDARD EDITION: This tier adds a physical MUSIC CD containing the full OST & bonus tracks, plus exclusive CD cover artwork and an additional song found only on this CD! [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $90 or more
COLLECTOR'S EDITION: Comes with a COMMEMORATIVE METAL COIN featuring Shantae on one side, and her arch nemesis Risky Boots on the other. Now you can make life's most important decisions by tossing this "naughty or nice" doubloon, exclusive to Backers. [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $110 or more
GROOVIN' SHANTAE T-SHIRT! Add a cool T-Shirt to the previous rewards packages. Why not? You were going to buy clothes anyway. We offer both standard T's and girly cut T's in a variety of sizes. Featuring a design that's exclusive to Backers. [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
LENTICULAR WALL POSTER: If you love animation as much as we do, don't miss this incredible 3D-motion poster featuring Shantae's famous dance moves. [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $200 or more
PLATINUM EDITION! Our largest bundle includes a HARD COVER ART BOOK + FLIPBOOK! The digital art book manifested in physical form -- with even more extras: never-before-seen Shantae roughs, and animation frames right in the margins so you can Flip the pages like a Champ! [includes all previous rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $350 or more
95 backers Limited (25 left of 120)
YOUR ART IN GAME! Become a Featured Artist in the Sequin Land Art Museum (an actual place in the game). Your Shantae inspired fan-art will adorn the walls! "Featured Artist" credit included. [includes all Platinum Edition rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
48 backers Limited (2 left of 50)
Get a sketch of any Shantae character from series creator Matt Bozon! Now you can finally have that drawing of Hipster Rottytops you've always wanted. [includes all Platinum Edition rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
5 backers All gone!
ENEMY DESIGNER: Create the overall look and behavior of a Sequin Land Monster! You describe it and we’ll draw it up, animate it, and code it based on your idea! "Enemy Designer" credit included. [includes all Platinum Edition rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $2,500 or more
8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)
YOUR FACE IN GAME: This is the big one! Send us a photo, and we'll design a Scuttle Town NPC in your image! Wait till you show Mom how you spent that hard-earned money! Guaranteed she'll beam with... emotion. "Guest Star" credit included. [includes all Platinum Edition rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)
WRAP PARTY INVITATION! Join us at WayForward HQ in Valencia, California. Grub it up, boogie down, and test drive the final game with us! Travel and accommodations not provided. [includes all Platinum Edition rewards]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)
ORIGINAL SHANTAE + WRAP PARTY: When you arrive at WayForward HQ, you'll receive the ultra-rare granddaddy of video game collectables: a FACTORY SEALED SHANTAE for the Game Boy Color! Yes, we recently unearthed 3 of these when moving to our new location. You'll get one -- along with the option of having it signed by the original team. Travel and accommodations not provided. [ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS INCLUDED!]Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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