Take on the role of a warrior maiden forced to hunt down her best friend who has stolen a sacred demon blade. End the feud between two warrior maidens and the demon sword between them, told through high speed action!
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Release Date: Mar 10, 2014

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September 26

Ver Update

Hi all, we have updated the following:

- Bug fix: "Celestial Judgement" being cancelled by mushing the holy technique button during the motion.

- Bug fix: Character falls down the stage by collision glitch.

We hope that you keep enjoying Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae.

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“The combat is visceral and controls are fluid and responsive.”
Game Luster

“Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae has this wonderful little trick to it that is rare in action games; it almost bullies you into learning how to play it properly.”
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About This Game

The smash hit action game from Comic Market 84 is finally available on Steam!

Misa is a Blade Templar, a secret defender of humanity, who happens to be a high school student. When her classmate, Suzuka, succumbs to the dark seduction of the Demon Blade, Misa releases she must protect the world at all costs. Already the evil sword is draining Suzuka's life force and, if Misa cannot destroy the Blade alone, she very well may need to strike down her friend.

Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae focuses on high-speed arena-based action. Use lightning fast sword slashes, hand-to-hand attacks and mysterious ancient techniques to defeat wave after wave of demonic foes. Be prepared: the enemies are relentless and will attack from all sides. If you aren't prepared to strike and roll, you'll be overwhelmed in no time flat.

Weaken your enemies with vicious wounds, employ hand-to-hand techniques to build your katana gauge, then cut deep with your divine blade. A spectacular flurry of blades will take down even the largest crowd of NPCS! After beating them bloody, sheathe your sword to finish them off with style. Be warned: if the enemy isn't "bleeding," then they'll take the opportunity to strike you mid-pose!

Use skill points to learn new skills, upgrade your abilities, and take on brutal bosses. Every playthrough of Mitsurugi will grow you as a player until your success if guaranteed! And if the game suddenly becomes too easy, there are three difficulty levels to test your mettle. Good luck!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel CORE2 2GHz or better (recommended)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Directx 9.0c (Shader Model3.0 or better)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Graphics: Geforce 9600GT or better
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1,040 of 1,283 people (81%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
1,522 of 1,933 people (79%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
Japanese Schoolgirls ✔
Shrine Maiden ✔
"Superior NIPPON steel folded 1000 times" demon slaying sword ✔
Panties & Boobies ✔
Unlockable Character & Costumes ✔
Skill point allocation ✔
English subtitles & Japanese voice ✔
Under 千 円 ✔ (1000 yen, or 10 dollars for you impoverished in basic tourist Japanese)
Fun ✔
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460 of 623 people (74%) found this review helpful
259 people found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014

-No lack of school uniform

Pantsu May Cry.
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103 of 120 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae is what I like to call a "supplemental" game. This is a game you would play while taking a break from another similar "main" game. Some people would prefer to play a different game, but I don't know. Juggling a plethora of games that represent dozens of different genres would turn anybody's brain into stale yogurt. Why take the risk when you can play something similar that's stil entertaining?

This game - which I'll refer to as MKH because acronyms are fun (AAF) - falls under the genre of arena-slasher. Typically a character-action game has some mode where you fight wave after wave of enemies (Bloody Palace, Lost Chapter, Tests of Valor). When a character-action game is literally just that wave-based mode, it becomes an arena-slasher. These are pretty rare and tend to be doujin titles, like Croixleur Sigma (also available on Steam).

The plot to MKH is: woman kills stuff with katana. Each of the five chapters are divided into five waves. Enemies are rich in number but poor in identity. There are guys with swords, red guys with swords, yellow guys with swords, big guys with swords, robots, an evil schoolgirl, and maybe 1 or 2 other different types of enemies. However, this is a short game, one that you can slash through in less than two hours.

Not-evil schoolgirl (I already forgot her name) has a sweet sword and not much else when you start off. Upgrades can be purchased as well as new moves and powers. The #1 thing to keep in mind throughout is parrying. While it's easy to mash the attack button and slice evil to pieces, playing defensively is how you avoid getting your combos broken. More specifically, it's all about the parry. Blocking is fine, but it doesn't work on heavy attacks and tends to get broken by a continous assault. Timing the block just right allows NES to awesome her way through the enemy's attack and deliver a strong counter-move.

There are other tactics to keep in mind. When an enemy is struck enough times they'll start to bleed (turn red). At this point a few more hits are liable to kill the enemy, just before they die the player should sheathe their weapon. It's like that common Japanese maneuver where the samurai cuts a dozen people at once, but they only fall over and die after the sword's been sheathed. In this game it's just something you want to do to boost your skill-points & regain health, though it also does big damage to bosses. There are other abilities and skills to master, but it's better to get a feel for it while playing the game.

For the most part, MKH is a breezy entertaining slasher. It's satisfying getting those big combos while also deflecting numerous attacks coming from every angle. Keeping track of the action can be difficult though, and your sound has to be turned up to notice the enemies that inevitably attack from behind. Some more variety in the enemies and bosses would have been appreciated, but maybe it's just me. I've been playing Bayonetta 2 and it seems like every 10 minutes there's a new enemy to fight. Like I said though, MKH is a short game. 10 minutes in that game is at least 3 or 4 waves. New enemy-types would just get lost in the chaos.

Unlike the games it serves a supplementary role to, MKH can be enjoyed even if you only have 5 minutes of free-time. There's no sitting through cut-scenes or loading, nor does it take several minutes to get the action. It's also possible to save in-between waves, and you certainly aren't expected to play through the whole thing without dying. Start this game up, slash through a few waves, and put it down so you can focus on your main title.

All in all, this is a worthwhile pick-up.
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214 of 286 people (75%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
It's like Metal Gear Rising but you play as cute anime girl and her skirt is so short that you can see her pantsu so i have to play it with one hand so it's really hard but totally worth it.

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1,177 of 1,710 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
Saw some panties. 10/10
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176 of 239 people (74%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
This game! What should I say? I don' know.. It's good. Somehow.
But 10€? I'd rather wait till you can get it for 5$/€.

The game itself has some neat graphics, as you can see in the trailer/ screenshots, it has a nice soundtrack, really accurate controls and cool gameplay.

As for:
- the graphic: sure is nice, no doubt - especially for a game with not even 300MB in size. The downside is that, if you want some variety, you'll be disappointed. There are only 4 different enemy models (+4/5 bosses) and 4 arenas. Your attacks look nice, but nothing overwhelming or new. If you watched the trailer you've seen quite everything. Also you cant alternate your character. At all (Okay. There are only 2 costumes you can buy, but that's it)
(also there are no lip-sync in cut scenes)

- the soundtrack: more like the 3 songs. The music fits really good. But: The game contains, as far as i noticed it, like 3 different tracks (normal fight, boss battle and final boss) which will loop endlessly. Again: some more variety sure would have been nice.

- the controls: simple, yet very effective controls! Your character responds immediately and with a few buttons you can chain your attacks together to devastating combos.

- the gameplay: All in all... Sadly quite repetitive. It IS a fun game, no doubt. But it feels incomplete. It feels more like a tech demo for a fighting system. You simply fight wave after wave of enemies within a circle shaped arena which you can't leave, fall/ throw enemies off or use any objects/ items.
After like 5 waves you fight a boss of this arena. The bosses usually are have easy to memorize and clearly predictable attacks. That's somehow good since it won't get frustrating at all. But on the other hand it sadly makes the boss battles far too easy.
You start with a weak 4 hit combo attack which fills up your "katana gauge". Each attack (you don't even have to land a hit) with your katana drains a bit of it. So you'll have to chain together weaker and stronger attacks to not run out of it completely (side note: there are no other penalties to an empty katana gauge other then not being able to use the katana. Also this system gets completely pointless once you've upgraded your character a bit. I never had the slightest problem with running low on katana energy.)
Every killed opponent drops more or less "SP" which is the 'money' for buying upgrades for your character. You can buy a few attacks, upgrade every attack to deal more damage or have extra effects and upgrade your health (+regeneration) and your katana gauge (+regeneration).

In conclusion I'd really love to see this fighting game, or rather "fighting system", to be developed further and put into an open world, or at least bigger action adventure game with more skills and a bigger variety of attacks/ combos.
If you can live with a bit repetitive, short arena fighting game, you'll sure have fun with this. If you want this game and are patient: wait till it has a bigger discount!

(On a side note: If you're planing to play on "Hard" mode right from the beginning: that's pure suicide. You won't stand any chance. You'll HAVE to do a play through on normal or easy to unlock some power ups so you stand a chance on hard)
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115 of 150 people (77%) found this review helpful
213 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
Requires both hands :(
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212 of 299 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
for a €10, or €8.50 game if you get it on sale, and only 200MB in siz. It's pretty damn good.

The combat is smoothe and fluid. You're able to control the character the way you like to. Even for pantsu shots for those kind of people ;P

training exercise is handy if you're new or rubbish beat 'em up games. leveling up your character is simply done, just get high enough combo and kill your enemy for maximum points. The background music suits the fast past of the game.

The problem I had though is that the enemies attacks are slow and predictable even on hard mode, I shoundn't be able to get a 200 combo chain on an enemy just by ONLY kicking them up in the air while his teamates are in the background making thier swords....sorry I mean sticks (when they hit you, it's like they attack you with a pillow)...shine brighter. A nightmare mode should fix this. The story also needs to be deeper, in these games, a story usually has a big role, but here, I'm more like "Who are? Why should I care? Let me see your whities!" With also only 200Mb size, I'm guessing the game will be very short which will be a shame.

Besides that, the short amount of time I played, it is really inresting and fun game that its combat system makes a worth buy.
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133 of 185 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
It’s not the worst game out there, and it is certainly possible to get some fun out of it, but with its lack of content and options it is probably a harder seller for most people out there.

The bad:
-Practically non-existent story.
-Mediocre gameplay at best, weird attacks that don’t work as fluid as you’d want, bad block and counter system etc.
-Unspectacular unlocks. A few costumes, no additional characters, throwaway abilities and letdown upgrades.
-Very repetitive. Hit almost identical enemies all day long.
-Bad AI. Enemies behave strange and are often dumb beyond belief.
-Very small space to actually move around, limited to only small circles that you fight on.
-Lack of graphic and resolution options. Most resolution selections are missing, making it awkward if you happen to not find your native one.

The good:
-Rather small file size.
-Graphics aren’t really all that great, but they are appealing enough to look at.
-It can be pretty fun to hack and slash around at the enemies, even though it can get old fast.
-Bosses are decently fun, even if they are rather weirdly and simply designed.
-Good for short play-sessions.

In general, this is a game that is hard to recommend to anyone. It is nice to have Japanese indie titles coming out on Steam, and for some people supporting that might be enough. For everyone else, with the lack of proper options, replay value, as well as having barely any content, there is probably not enough here if you don’t mind a very simple game that is mostly only good for a short burst of dumb (and sadly unpolished) fun.

EDIT: I usually try to stay away from writing my own opinion about something like this, but there have been too many people writing me and defending the game that I have to add a little bit of my more detailed personal opinion about how people treat such games. After playing for a few more hours, I can't imagine why people would defend this game. Even for the low price they are asking, you are practically getting a hack n' slash with terrible and imprecise gameplay, no variety in combat nor enemies, no story and annoying cutscene, bad graphics, bugs, and just no quality or content whatsoever. Not to forget that it's basically 2 hours long at best. Forgetting all of that, every time I check what people have good to say about it they just write something like "dude those pantsu" and think that makes it right. If that's the way people think nowadays, and they will let a game with no content and terrible quality slide and even defend it just because it has a main character in a miniskirt, then I am sorry for anyone that is stepping to such low levels. Come on guys. That’s just pitiful and sickening. Let's look for quality over cheap sexualization and similar gimmicks that producers try to sell a game with.
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To be honest, I wasn’t expecting this level of polish and techniques from what this game promised on the trailers. For a long time I was reticent on going into character action games, because I was wrong and fooling myself. So when I started playing the systems kept coming and I kept going. It was an introduction to a genre I now love, as I should have since always.
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Posted: October 8
There's something strangely beautiful in a young woman who looks into your eyes with an unyielding will as in a fateful encounter you meet her under within the nightscape of a deserted town, as she's surrounded by silhouettes not belonging to the world of the common people. A proud and graceful maiden of uncanny skill as she carries herself with solemn determination, vowing to find her childhood friend and save her from the artifact that has her in its grasp. It is a story of a young girl who braves the shadows of the night, wielding her blade as if its part of her body, making her existence much like an unsheated sword. Drawn to its beauty while keenly aware that there is no turning back once entering her world, yet I do so without hesitation for it is my wish to be with her. Thus it begins.

It was made very clear from there that this game is not a 2D fighter, where you fight computer controlled enemies or other players in a side view window. You play as a maiden of ancient sword arts who describes in a short prologue animation who she is an who she's looking for. It quickly switches to the first stage of her mission through the night, an arena somewhere in a city placed in a square between skyscrapers. The graphics is definitely one of the best qualities of MKH, since not only it is in full 3D, but it shows nicely drawn environments which range from the heart of a large town to traditional Shinto shrines hidden reminiscent of olden ages, complete with either sunsets or cherry blossom trees. The sword skills the can be played are also very nice with the particles of light denoting the attacks making for some really flashy plays.
Choosing the set of clothes for her is also a great feature, since it gives the chance to play in various costumes, though her default school uniform is still definitely the best. Nonetheless there are several more depicting different styles and personalities, and while it doesn't give Skyrim level possibilities of choices, it's a pretty good way to make for a good atmosphere. You can't make panty shots while she's wearing a hakama though.

It also has a great gameplay, where our Blade Templar launches devastatingly beautiful attacks in iaido style, all of which are executed in such a manner that it can only be described as awe inspiring. To use these moves, one has to first unlock them and other upgrades in a menu with the SP collected by eliminating the groups of opponents persistent on stopping us before we can reach the bosses who provide a more interesting challenge. These come in five setting.

-Very Hard

It should be noted that not only does the number of enemies increase with each of them along with the damage inflicted, but on the highest even the slightest scratch is enough instantly kill our brave warrior, so being very fast is essential in clearing it, lest you wear yourself out by repeatedly trying the same waves to no avail later. One could say however that this is one of the real charms of the gameplay, since it provides actually good rounds where you have to be very careful and as such, give a great feeling when the combo does succeed.

For the musical selection, each stage has its own that fits in very well, playing catchy songs that are very good at making us itching to fight, taking on a more modern approach than some would expect but it actually makes for a better experience so there was no need to make it differently. Voice acting is also great, if a little short due to not having many chances to hear it, as Mitsurugi itself is a small game, so it is not a big surprise.

Replayability is also good, though it painfully lacks an option to fight other players in multiplayer, or a survival mode where you fight the various hordes until they either overwhelm you or defeat them through a number of rounds. A few more stages also would have been nice, since the few the matches take place on can be cleared in a matter of hours even on the highest difficulty setting. And with no mods available, we can't even turn to to community for help like with many popular games we do.

But an even more painful side is how the story is handled. They just closed it without providing any kind of epilogue that settles the mission, making it feel kind of meaningless since after the last boss it shortly returns to the title screen. Really now, they should have made a real ending, not this as it shows how much better it could have been if the developers didn't want to finish it as quickly as they could, though being an indie game made for ComiKet it's still amazing with how it grabs the player's attention.

Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae is one of those games that are unknown to most, yet famous for those who like the genre since it has great possibilities, lots of fun, and if done well pure awesomeness. Definitely recommended for those who like fighting games, and even more so when it goes on sale. So draw your sword, move in the night and leave nothing but corpses behind!
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Posted: October 5
In this game, you control a girl so badass, that she can make robots bleed...
By using her feet.

10/10 Would make them bleed again
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 4
The problem with this game is that it is kind of bland, there is basically just one lucluster looking city level, and that's about it. The firting is pretty repetitive too, not much in the way of cool combos.

However the characters do look good, and there is some upgrade system, so for a bit of mindless fun it could be OK, but for my tasted it is a bit too simplistic.
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1.2 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game, skip it.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 28
I like this fight game.
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