Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is available for free on GOG. This deal is being offered as part of GOG’s Summer Sale, which is running until June 27. You’ll have to act quickly though, as The Pirate’s Curse is only free for another 24 hours . The offer expires on June 16 at 9 AM ET.
The Pirate’s Curse is the third game released in WayForward’s signature Shantae series. Although the original and Risky’s Revenge were good games, it was the third installment that elevated Shantae to new heights. Upon release, the game received critical acclaim and is still regarded as one of the best platformers of its generation.
For some, a particularly appealing aspect of this deal is that it’s DRM-free through GOG. DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, and refers to the process in which publishers can restrict access to their products even after you buy them. For example, if you buy a game on Steam you only have access to that game on one account. However, a game purchased on GOG can be downloaded and installed on as many devices as desired.
Being offered a great game like Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse for free on GOG with no strings attached is a fantastic deal. However, if you prefer the convenience of Steam, The Pirate’s Curse is on sale at 50% off until June 16 at 11 AM ET. That sale brings it down to $9.99 USD, £7.49, or €9.99 depending on your region.
As a series, Shantae has had a difficult history. The original game was released in 2002 on the Game Boy Color, a year after the Game Boy Advance was released which resulted in poor sales. Eight years later, Risky’s Revenge came to the Nintendo DS, receiving good reviews but not selling particularly well. Those days are of the past though, with the last three installments in the series harboring a lot more attention and selling well.