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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 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

  • Play as over 20 characters from various worlds

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

  • Over 30 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 100 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

  • 10+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!

Game Patch

While you only need to download the base package only once, the game executable itself will update to fix or add certain things. Replace the exe in the game folder with the new one and it'll give updated features. If you are following this, be absolutely sure to check for updates as they will be added over time.

Download(Updated as of 2/18/2020 5:21 PM)

Shantae And Asha Update

The current patch includes the following...

  • A face set for Luna

  • Fixed punctuation and grammar errors

  • Reduced final boss difficulty

  • Removed the dual character error at Moonflower Temple

  • Extended Popful Mail shield hitbox

  • Reduced speed of archers' arrow shots

  • Reduced the magic amount in the "Wind Whirl" spell

  • Removed the floating caterpillar at Terran Pass

  • Changed the effect of the paralysis status effect

  • Reduced flashing in Amy's special attack

  • Updated boss battle challenge: The Gals

  • Fixed some save building defaults

  • Added solids in the corner of a room in Crumble Crypt

  • Added Solo Savior boss challenge

  • Fixed the scrolling background in Fire And Water boss challenge

  • Sheila collection hitbox added while climbing

  • Reduced particle effects to decrease memory usage

  • Asha's Alpha Beam can no longer home enemies

  • Fixed Yae's protect ability creation

  • Nerfed Yae's blocking ability time

  • Fixed platform sensor in some areas

  • Fixed item descriptions

  • Increased bypass action threshold

  • Fixed the reset hourglass "No" option

  • Fixed the Starless Nights Dream Gate

  • Added Scorpgal boss challenge

  • Fixed mapping issues

  • Fixed locked spirit equipping error

  • Fixed boss simulator name lineup

  • Update Luna face set

  • Fixed some mapping issues

  • Expanded Sheila location dialogue

  • Added face sets for certain characters

  • Fixed Central Highway mini game softlock

  • Added two new moves for Popful Mail

  • The ability to turn off the transition sound

  • Balanced some abilities

  • The final boss can now triple cast in Hard mode and above

  • Fixed Dribble Fountain warp error

Latest Blog

Base Package/Exe Update

Hello everyone! I am back with another update on the project as well as some info regarding DLC. I'll try to be as brief as I can so without further ado, let's get started!

Base Package And Executable Updated

Recently, there have been a few minor things that slipped under the radar from the testers and I, so with today's update, it fixes numerous things such as typos, coordinate errors in a particular event and other things. I'd like to give out a huge thank you to them because several pairs of eyes is much greater than one or two. The cleaner the game can be, the better!

Transition Sound Feature

A new feature has been added! The particular one is a sound effect toggle when you move to a new room. In the original Monster World 4, every time you transitioned to a new room, a sound would play. However, a majority of other games in the series and of its kind silently transition. I believe it was a good thing to give players the option to turn this off at will so they won't be annoyed by it.

Final Boss Update

For those who have made it to the final boss, when she gets angry, she starts to cast two spells at once. However, if you turn the game difficulty up to hard mode or above, she'll triple cast at a chance if her HP is below 500K.

Popful Mail Move Set Update

While this feature was originally going to be in the big update, players will get two of Mail's new abilities early. When she equips the fire or electric element, her blade will not only absorb the attribute and change form, but it will gain a new ability that is very useful for both melee and long-ranged combat. This alone makes her a much more versatile fighter than before. Keep in mind, these abilities use up her "Arms" meter with every strike!

Enemy Growth In Development

Along with the updates above, there are numerous other features in development. One of the features that has been on my mind is adding something that will modify enemy HP based on the difficulty. Not only that, it's something that's currently in demand because once you get too powerful, most enemies can be defeated in a single strike which pretty much negates challenge altogether when one wants to revisit some stages.

In order to keep the challenge, not only are there difficulty options, but there are also certain challenges one could take to make the game harder. However, adding one more effect that allows for more combo outputs is something I believe would be welcome. Some challenges I recommend trying out once you know the game well are...

  • No Synth Grid challenge

  • Talisman only challenge

  • Bond only challenge

  • Savior difficulty challenge

The last one is by far the most difficult because one damage from anything defeats everyone at once. It is something specifically designed for those who want to practice no damage runs as well as those who want to perfect the game.

That's all I have for this update I believe. If you are new and have not downloaded the game yet, be sure to get a fresh copy. However, if you already have the base package, you will only need to download the exe file and replace the one you currently have. Until next time!


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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!
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