Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a fun game to play, but needs somes fixes

By: Madeleine Dean
3 minute read

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero takes Shantae on her first full HD adventure. Her mission is to stop the recent crime wave sweeping Sequin Land using her unusual skills, like her devastating Hair-Whip Attack that sends monsters flying or her Belly Dance that makes her more powerful. As a player, you guide her to topple the masterminds behind various criminal activities while the game’s final battle will bring her face to face against her arch enemy: The dangerous Risky Boots.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is a very entertaining game to play and will bring back many memories, especially if you played similar games as a kid. Unfortunately, players report that the game is affected by a series of annoying issues that limit the gaming experience.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero bugs


Low FPS rate

Players report that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is affected by severe FPS rate issues. It appears that the game offers an average of 35 FPS. Fans reported this problem when the game was still in beta and it appears that its final version is still affected by FPS rate issues.

Second, for some reason, the fps is damn awful, being quite sluggish. And I have some quite good hardware, so this shouldn’t be an issue. Was this not what all those delays should fix? I’m gonna give it the benefit of the doubt, and call these things to be fixed soon, hopefully.


Black screen issue

Players report that they sometimes can’t play Shantae: Half-Genie Hero due to a black screen error. Although the game music can still be heard and players can control Shantae, the screen remains black. If you’re experiencing this issue, try updating your graphics card.

From the looks of it my game keeps going crazy shaking up/down then turns black completely, game still running, able to hear the attack animations, dance, and able to see everything properly in screen menu when using ESC, but as for the entire stage, nope. all black, anyone having major problems with this..? Been trying to fix but nothing as of yet,. Drivers and everything else on my end is fully up to date as well.


Screen tearing

Some lucky Shantae: Half-Genie Hero players do enjoy a smooth 60FPS rate. However, they are affected by severe screen tearing despite forcing V-Sync. Uninstalling and reinstalling the game doesn’t help.

I’m playing with a 960M at 1080p. No FPS issues–constant 60 for me–but atrocious screen tearing even after forcing VSYNC on in the Nvidia Control Panel.


Game crashes

Players report that whenever they try to change game settings or activate windowed mode, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero simply crashes. This issue occurs even on computers that have higher specs than the recommended.

I’m playing on a laptop, on a GTX 960, and the game has massive diagonal screen tearing, is locked to 320×200, crashes when changing resolution, crashes when forcing windowed with alt+enter, and crashes when alt+tabbing out. Forcing on Vsync and Triple Buffering through Nvidea causes the framrate to drop below 20 fps.


Players fall through the map

Some players report that they fall out of the map on Tassle Town Tower. This is not a singular event because it happens every time they reach that area.

[bug] Falling out of the map on Tassle Town Tower. I’ve gotten to the part where you need to collect the remains and I assume that this statue is one that you need to break but every time I rush through I fall out of the map. Or at least I assume I fall out of the map because the image freezes on a solid wall for a couple seconds and then starts flashing to various quasi open areas.


Unfortunately, there are no clear workarounds available for the bugs listed above. Most likely, WayForward will soon push a patch to fix some of these issues.

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