Shantae is a side-view adventure-quest game featuring a belly-dancing genie in search of a diabolical lady pirate named Risky Boots, who has stolen plans to a new invention. Shantae (the genie in question) can obliterate enemies with her whiplike hair, and shakes her booty to transform into different creatures. She must stop Risky and save the land from destruction. This Game Boy Color game also features special enhancements that come to life when played on the Game Boy Advance. Shantae offers 75 fully animated enemies and 50 day and night areas. Each character's transformation is associated with a song. Players are challenged to make Shantae do a transformation dance by matching the notes and timing of the melody. There are also dozens of magical weapons, perplexing labyrinths, and treacherous boss characters. A secret room is unlocked when Shantae is played on a Game Boy Advance.