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Shantae and Asha: Dream Fantasia is an open world, 2D action RPG that blends platform, puzzle and adventure elements into one. It is a brand new adventure being created using the Monster World IV-2 Engine (made in Game Maker). The project serves as a sequel to Monster World 4 and a crossover featuring Shantae among many other characters; most notably from the 16-bit era.

The Dream

This project is a "final exam" of nearly every game I have played over the last decade including platformers, action, adventure, and role-playing games. This is one of the main games I wanted to see in my lifetime; a game that celebrates action hybrids with cherry-picked heroes, worlds, and more.


After the defeat of the Incarnation of Fear, peace has finally been restored to Monster World once again. One year has passed since then. However, a threat still lurks deep in the shadows. Asha's mother has fallen ill to a rare illness that can only be cured with seven magical ingredients. What starts out as a simple fetch quest to heal a loved one evolves into an adventure in which the very state of dreams is at stake.


  • A challenging, fast-paced 2D action rpg with platform, adventure, and puzzle elements

  • A mix of new, old, and revamped areas

  • A full-fledged, dual arc story with over 100 cut scenes

  • A mostly open world that is scattered across separate, but interconnected zones

  • Enhanced Monster World IV battle system with new twists

  • Over 20 playable characters

  • Learn and equip the abilities of people you meet around the world

  • Over 40 areas full of things to discover and places to explore

  • Upgrade a vast variety of abilities via the completely open Synth Grid

  • Over 100 missions with unique objectives

  • Over 200 characters from various old-school and modern titles

  • Collect a variety of items scattered throughout the world

  • Acquire a wealth of game-changing equipment and abilities

  • Multiple side quests and events

  • Simulated gambling

  • Cartoon violence

  • Suggestive themes

  • Real-time daily effects

  • 30+hours of content


What lies before you is a work of fiction for fun only. This is a fan game. That means it is not affiliated with any company whatsoever. All contents such as sprites, music, and characters are property of their respective owners. It is a non-profit experiment that should NOT be sold in any way, shape, or form and should be reported immediately if so.


Arrow Keys:Move
S:Special Attack
A:Active Swap Left
D:Active Swap Right

You Can Resize The Game Window

The game itself keeps its aspect ratio no matter how big or small you make it. You can drag the edges to make the game's window as big or small as you like as well as setting it to full screen!

Shantae And Asha Version 2.0

Latest Blog

Version 2.0 Is Now Available!

Hello, everyone! I have come to announce that we have officially completed development on Shantae and Asha's 2nd and content-packed update. Today is also the 3rd anniversary of this project's initial reveal, so in order to celebrate, it will be released this very moment!

In terms of what kind of content is added in this, it is essentially a 2nd story arc, which makes it feel like a new game altogether. Not a single thing was untouched since we began development on V2 earlier this year and new things were even added to the base adventure. New features include the following...

  • Time based bonuses (look below)

  • A wealth of new customization options

  • Slight modding capabilities

  • 12 new stages (includes 2 gauntlets)

  • 16 new boss battles (includes one super boss)

  • 7 new bonds

  • A 2nd ending

  • New chats

  • New side quests

  • Cherry-picked revamped maps

  • 80 Synth Crystals to find on the world map

  • A new collectable for the Otherworldly arc

  • New and updated moves

  • An upgrade grid for guest characters

  • An active weapon swap for Asha

  • A transformation system for Shantae

  • Sound effect authenticity for all characters

  • Shion as a new playable character

  • A completion percentage bar on save files

  • Combos are now listed on your save files

  • The glutton challenge mini game has been updated with Asha and Sheila

  • New artwork

  • New music tracks

  • Updated combo bonuses up to 1000

  • You can now break 999 combos

  • Some updated boss battles with new abilities

  • New game plus option after beating the game's final boss

Time Based Bonuses

After taking a deep dive into Game Maker's manual, something caught my eye. It is able to sense times and dates on your computer, so during the game, effects are given to you based on what day or time it is. However, keep in mind that you can turn these off in the options menu!

Game Size

If you are wondering how big the file size is, it is 676MB. We have tried to keep it as low as we could, but after barely making it to 449MB in the first version, it was impossible to keep it around that. So, a link will be provided instead.

Game Length

Overall, the total amount of content can easily span 30+hours on your first playthrough. I'm not going to sugar coat it, getting 100% on this isn't easy and I wouldn't be surprised if many of you will reach beyond 50+hours.

Save File Compatibility

Your saves will work from version 1.0 and 1.4. When you get the udpate, carry it over to the new package and continue!

Thank Our Testers!

Two weeks ago, we gathered 7 individuals who worked incredibly hard and tested this very thoroughly. It would not have been possible without their assistance. As this is a big project, we needed a big team in order to tackle it efficiently and we made it just in time for release!

HUGE thank you to the following...

  • Eon Sonny

  • JirachiKid

  • Remited

  • MusicClues

  • Wolfram

  • MateoLomena

  • Fernando

Thank you!

That about wraps it up for now. As you have probably guessed by this point, this is a massive update, but it would not have been possible without all of its amazing collaborators, testers, and players who have been there all of this time. Thank you all so much and we hope that you have a wonderful time with this! A download link will be provided below and on the main page. Enjoy!

Shantae And Asha Version 2.0


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How do you play this in window mode?
How do you play this in window mode?

You can go to the options menu by pressing start while playing and press "Option". Then, go to the option "Resolution". You can toggle this by pressing left and right. F4 also works as a resolution toggle.

Here are some screens below just in case.
This might be really good. Putting it down on my playlist.
This might be really good. Putting it down on my playlist.

Thank you! :D. I hope you'll enjoy it!
How to jump down from those stairs in the castle? I can't exit and nothing seems to work :(
How to jump down from those stairs in the castle? I can't exit and nothing seems to work :(

Figured it out already :)
Figured it out already :)

Good! Have fun :D
I can't figure out the 2nd rotating block puzzle in the crumble ruins (What does left, right, x even mean)
I probably should have checked the media tab before posting my ask for help.
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