The game was built on the foundations of the previous installments. Shantae 5 is a classic two-dimensional platform game in which players explore maps, avoid traps and threats, collect items, and fight enemies with a whip.
Shantae 5 represents metroidvania subgenre. This means that the maps have a largely open structure. During the game, the heroine collects experience points that allow her to unlock new dances to transform into new forms of the beast. Each of them has unique abilities that allow players to reach map sections that were previously unavailable.
### Game modes
Shantae 5 offers a single player mode only.
### Technical aspects
In terms of visuals, Shantae 5 follows the formula of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. The character models are two-dimensional, while the locations are mostly three-dimensional, but they are made in a cartoon-like style, so that all elements blend well with each other.