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.
User reviews: Mixed (95 reviews)
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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Reviews

“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 This 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

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or newer
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:Mac OS 10.6 or newer
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:xUbuntu 12.04
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
I signed on to the Early Access of Akaneiro quite some time ago (not fully understanding what early access meant) but it showed alot of promise. The game itself was pretty enjoyable and things were working well, in addition it was a sort of different take on the game style (in terms of the character options and enemies). I though the game was sure to be out within a short time. Since then if anything the games seems to have fallen into disarray, things that did work no longer do and strange archaic systems have been added. I would avoid this especially since it is ftp elsewhere and wait until the game is finished
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
I played this game as much as I could but I couldn't honestly recommend it right now. There have been improvements and changes that I witnessed along the way but at the state that it is today, it isn't something that I would spend any more time for.

It was interesting at first due to the style of the art and theme but it then quickly became clear that was all that was keeping it afloat, for me.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Early Access Review
I loved this game to bits in the beginning! Was looking forward to the promised co-op option. Sadly didn't happen. Was cool to have the option to summon a random character to help you out a bit, at least. I was shocked this game brought little to no profit to the developers. After the big changes that were made to the game, like changing the control keys (they used to be very well thought out, now they're confusing to use), I don't mind if a game is difficult, but the character is suddenly extremely weak physicaly and I have to heal every few seconds and constantly runaway from even one monster to avoid getting killed.. aaand ofc microtransactions.. I don't mind it as long as it's actually worth it, but here, it's not. Looked through everything and even though I was open to buy some of the karma crystals and/or shards, there's actually nothing really worth spending money on. Shame.. It used to be such an awesome and fun game in the beginning. *sad face* :(
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Early Access Review
Wow, usually I'm smarter than this. This is paying for a F2P game. With microtransactions. If you buy this, you're just an idiot like me. Don't be an idiot.

As a free to play game, it's pretty bad. F2P usually means MMO. In this case it means barely functional. The UI is terrible and hard to figure out. The camera isn't controlled, so melee tank classes are highly favorable. Levelling up is a mystery (does it do anything?). Coming from having played many ARPGs, this one is definitely different. And not really in a good way.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Early Access Review
we all have purchases we regret. this is mine.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Early Access Review
It's all a bit too "meh" to recommend. Nice ideas, but would've prefer them in an "America McGee's Alice" way. Not Recommended.

Score: 4.8 - Buy at a Discounted Price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Early Access Review
Do not purchase will not be finished ever!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Early Access Review
-->its free on desura so go try it there<-- and only pay for it here if you want to support this game (be warned it could be doa)

has promise but it isn't making much so they only have 1 guy working on it so it could be abandoned soon.
typical clicky game with action abilities in a cell shaded Asian aesthetics. rather nice actually.
your not locked to the 1 (out of the 3) rolls you pick at 1st. you can still upgrade abilities, armor type, and weapon types for the other classes though you will need to watch how you level since they do have a min. state requirement.

its pay2win but thats ok since it PvE. if they add pvp the buy item will rule.
at level 10 i'm getting items with all stat+1-6 the buy items are +25

i only recommend this game cause its free on desure. PLAY IT THERE! don't buy this here unless you really want the items it gives or are a game collector.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Early Access Review
Bem entediante. Nada demais.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Early Access Review
click to kill.. terrible game low quality artworks 4/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Early Access Review
Not wurth it ! the company is lazy and i for 1 have set a frude report.
they have had way to long to update and improve the game in full but has not.
they clames to had money wich tbh would have been more then enouph to help the game but still looks and feels the same
wast of time and money.....
please read the news on this before buying it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Early Access Review
Interesting art style but it was poorly executed, spam leftclick to win, missing too much content, and is a microtransaction ♥♥♥♥♥. Not worth it now, and won't be when it's free either.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Early Access Review
Hack & Slash, that got boring really quickly, the graphics also hurt the eyes but I got used it after a while, still, stay away from it :)
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Early Access Review
Think torchlight with less creative gameplay, content, and items. Still worth a look. 6/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Early Access Review
Honestly I don't remember buying this game but hopefully I didn't pay a full $10 for it. I suspect I made this purchase sometime in 2013 in what could only be described as a period in my life that was filled by a blurred binge of two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls... But I am getting off point, the point was that this game was SO forgettable that the developers themselves forgot about it (one blog post doesn't mean they didn't forget). It brings me great joy knowing that several people working on this are now laid off, maybe now they will understand the risk of being an Early Access purchaser when they are turning tricks in the alley behind Arby's.


P.S. Anonymous person at Spicy Horse, stop writing blog posts. It just makes you look like a child when you blame reviewers for the game's negative press and financial failure. But thanks for plugging that new Spicy Horse game advertisement in your blog post! Real transparent of you guys.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Early Access Review
This game is terrible.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Early Access Review
Played this for like 30 mins then stopped
played sometime later for 30 mins quited
never played again. . .
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Early Access Review
The Gameplay & Controls Are Very Similar to "Dota 2" But Different, The Bosses Are Hard as S***, You Get to Upgrade Various Skills of 3 Classes, Unleash 6 Special Attacks, You Get to Summon Special Creatures to Help Advance Your Battle Stats for a Certain Period of Time, Stage Designs Are Very Vintage & Amazing.........

The Only Thing I Hate About This Game Is That, They Won't Let You Carry items and Weapons In Your Inventory Unlimitly, The Upgrade System Is a Pain, smfh, But Other Than That, The Game Is Worth The Buy
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Early Access Review
Still positively unplayable. For any game- alpha, beta, or no, if I pay for something, I expect more than being able to make microtransactions in town. But that's where the moolah is, huh?
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Early Access Review
Not much to say other then its a fun hack and slash game I would still be playing it but my net out right sucks the bad part of it is the repeat level grinding to level up and the level cool down before you can go back it also trys to force you to pay to level up faster still a fun game to play.
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