The Shantae collection has its origins on Nintendo consoles, where its first game—merely referred to as Shantae—debuted in 2002 for the Game Boy Color. Shantae has spawned 5 video games all up, with the newest instalments—Half-Genie Hero and Shantae and the Seven Sirens—providing up some pleasing, if at occasions overly orthodox, takes on the Metroidvania format. The third game within the collection, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, is at the moment free-to-keep on GOG.

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse first launched for the 3DS again in 2014 after which, just a few months later for the Wii U. Since then, Shantae has damaged her Nintendo-exclusivity shackles and launched for different consoles and PC, however it is a good place to start out. It obtained beneficial opinions at launch, and you may’t argue with free.

It’s the primary Shantae game to maneuver away from retro-style pixel artwork, with a brilliant HD cartoon artwork model that may enchantment to anybody whose eyes water fondly on the sight of Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. You actually should not play Shantae video games for his or her storytelling prowess, however this one has the protagonist combating against the law wave that has contaminated the usually tranquil environs of Sequin Land. Shantae makes use of her ponytail to slaughter her foes, and may do a stomach dance to show into totally different kinds (she’s a half-genie, y’know).

The Shantae giveaway coincides with GOG’s Summer Sale, which is offloading a bunch of retro and fashionable video games for closely diminished costs. That sale ends June 27, however Shantae will solely be free for the following day and a half, or till 6am Thursday morning PDT / 2pm Thursday in London. Get in fast