WayForward may be one of the most underrated developers in the games industry. The studio mostly does contract work, frequently laboring on licensed projects like Adventure Time, though it's also worked on sequels and remakes like Contra 4, Double Dragon Neon, and Ducktales: Remastered. While all of these are extremely solid games, I suspect that WayForward does this contract work mostly to pay the bills for the games they really want to make, including the Mighty series and Shantae.
Shantae has starred in four platformers now, starting on the Game Boy Color way back in 2002. It's been her misfortune to close down multiple systems, and since her games always seem to come at the tail end of a system's life, they tend to be overlooked by the public at large. It's a damn shame because they're consistently entertaining, and the artwork and designs are top notch. Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero is the first game in the series not designed for a handheld system, and the first to go with HD graphics rather than pixel art for the characters and backgrounds. It's hard to overstate how unbelievably gorgeous this game looks, but like your mom told you, looks aren't everything.... read more