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Hints of Little Red Riding Hood combine with Japanese folklore and illustrated in Spicy Horse's unique dark fantasy style, "Akaneiro: Demon Hunters" is an action-roleplaying game (ARPG) that lets players hunt mythical monsters in Edo-era Japan.
Release Date: Jun 13, 2013
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“Thank you for participating with Akaneiro: Demon Hunters Early Access. While currently in a launched state, we are still introducing many new features. We would like your feedback on the experience, everything from current features to ideas on future features will help us prioritize and develop upcoming content for the game.

In order for Akaneiro to reach the potential we want for quality as well as reaching a broader audience, we have made the game free to play with in-game purchases available for players who have the means to support the developer. We deeply appreciate the purchases made to access Akaneiro on Early Access, and with this reason we have supplied over $30 value to help you experience as much of the game as possible, including exclusive items.”
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Patch Notes 1/13/2014

January 13th, 2014

Greetings hunters.

There's a massive new update for Akaneiro

Highlights include:

  • UI overhaul
  • 6 ability slots
  • 3 food/consumables slot
  • Crafting v.2 - Upgrade the item LEVEL (more defense/damage)
  • Linear World Map
  • More Pets and Pets now level up
  • New Mini Map with fog of war

For a full list see this thread:


-Spicy Horse

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Patch notes 05/12/13

December 5th, 2013

Greetings hunters.

Here we are with another little tweaking and improving patch.
Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about all the big stuff that's coming too, that's still being worked on :))

* New Objectives for easy missions

* Adjusted enemy spawns for early difficulties

* Adjust ability training requirements

* Reduce energy cost for abilities

* New world map for mission select

* Longer invincibility on revive

* Decreased loading times

* Boss leaderboards at www.angry-red.com

And also we have a Boss killing competition.... if you'd like to check out the thread here and take part, then please do so :)


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“There's life in the movements of the characters on the screen and real appeal in the combat even though it's from the dungeon-grinder school that I'm normally very fatigued by.”
Massively by Joystiq

“Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is a free to play action online RPG from Shanghai-based Spicy Horse. The game takes on the mix of Little Red Riding Hood – a European fairy tale- and The Lost Wolves of Japan -a book about Japanese history, literature and folklore.”
8.9/10 – MMOHUT

“Akaneiro provides players with a free to play ARPG of depth, blended seamlessly with the speed and intensity of a pure action title.”
3/5 – Bloody Disgusting

Early Access Pack

Purchase the Starter Pack now and receive early access to Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, bonus currency, consumables and exclusive items for Steam Early Access players!

  • Exclusive Steam Necklace. Boosts all base attributes.
  • Exclusive Raging Steam Blast Katana.
  • 25,000 Karma Shards. Karma Shards are the raw currency formed from the blood of the fallen Yokai.
  • 300 Karma Crystals. Karma Crystals are the highly valued currency refined from Karma in its most pure state.
  • 20 Shinigami Scroll consumables. Used to revive and smite surrounding enemies.
  • 3 Sea Urchin Sushi consumables. Boosts base Power stat
  • 3 Kagami Mochi consumables. Boosts base Skill stat
  • 3 Dorayaki consumables. Boosts base Defense stat
  • 3 Fugu Tempura consumables. Boosts Movement Speed
  • 3 Sukiyaki consumables. Boosts Critical Chance
  • 3 Sochu consumables. Boosts XP earned from monsters.
  • 3 Awamori consumables. Boosts loot drop quality.
  • 3 Hojicha Tea consumables. Boots Energy regeneration rate.
  • 3 Chrysanthemum Tea consumables. Boosts health Regeneration rate.
  • 10 Large Health potions. Recover 800 Energy per second for 10 seconds
  • 10 Large Energy potions. Recover 1600 Health per second for 5 seconds

About the Game

Hints of Little Red Riding Hood combine with Japanese folklore and illustrated in Spicy Horse's unique dark fantasy style, "Akaneiro: Demon Hunters" is an action-roleplaying game (ARPG) that lets players hunt mythical monsters in Edo-era Japan.

Planned Key Features:

  • Materials: June will see the introduction of material drops from enemies and significant drops from the Area bosses, with the chance and quality increasing with the difficulty of the Mission.
  • Crafting: With Materials dropping that means the Crafting vendor will open his doors, allowing players to upgrade the Element, Enchant and Gem attributes on the items.
  • More Areas: The Melon Fields (Area 7) will be releasing in the coming month with following planned content updates to include Temple Depths (Area 8), Survival Pits (horde style waves), as well as the Raid missions especially created for multiplayer.
  • Multiplayer: We have begun working on the multiplayer aspect of the game with internal testing expected in July.
  • Social: In-game Chat and Leaderboards to compare with the other Hunters out there.
  • Abilities and Masteries: More Abilities and Masteries to train based off of your base Discipline stats. Choosing your Discipline stats on level up will define your character in more meaningful ways.
  • Helpers: Easy access and use food and drink plus updates to Spirit Helpers through adding a leveling system to increase their effects on the player once summoned.
  • New Mission Types and Enemies: Expanding existing areas with new mission types over the next coming months to create a more broad experience for the player.
  • Achievements: Track your progress and show off your achievements with pride

PC System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP or newer
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

Mac System Requirements

    • OS:Mac OS 10.6 or newer
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection

Linux System Requirements

    • OS:xUbuntu 12.04
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
76 products in account
7 reviews
9.2 hrs on record
It's not all bad, but the graphics get a bit redundant and many critical items require a type of currency that is almost impossible to acquire; at least, impossible to acquire without shelling out actual cash. It reminded me very much of Diablo II. Generally I expect more from this kind of a franchise.
Posted: December 4th, 2013
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
447 products in account
12 reviews
1.7 hrs on record
Microtransactions ... enough said.

The game itself looks pretty good, play fairly well. It reminds me a tiny bit of Okami with the art style. I very much dislike microtransactions. Charge me an extra $10 and be done with it, I can't recommend any game that has this built in. Sorry! I hope this will be dropped at release ... otherwise a big thumbs down from me.
Posted: January 14th, 2014
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
54 products in account
3 reviews
9.0 hrs on record
Really nice game. A bit grindy at times, but not too bad, even for me who usually get bored with a game when I have to grind can deal with it and go through with it.

The art style is beautiful and the music doesn't become bothersome. Storywise it's a classic dungeon crawler.

The only bad thing is that it's still Early Access and sometimes the game crashes. Usually not during gameplay, though.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,566 products in account
21 reviews
6.2 hrs on record
company seems unstable and with even the single-player being linked to a online account if the servers go down good by game save and playability.

that said its a fun and well done game but suffers HORRIBLY from the f2p "buy anything nice" microtransactions. yes you "don't need" the pretty items but you want to look cute so its pay or look like a popper.

don't forget its early access so your PAYING for a buggy game that may never get finished.
STEAM REALLY NEEDS TO STOP CHARGING FOR BETAS!!!!!!! this isn't kickstarter!
Posted: March 3rd, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,387 products in account
14 reviews
9.8 hrs on record
As 1 of the insignificant kickstarter of this project, i was hoping they would implement Co-op to accommodate online play with my friends... Now that news vendors are reporting the Company is facing major financial problems... I'm not sure anymore.
Posted: March 2nd, 2014
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