You are Akane, a Kunoichi ninja secretely loving her master Goro, a noble samurai. One day Goro is kidnapped by the evil Hiromi - you have to rescue him, but it won't be an easy task!
User reviews: Mixed (206 reviews)
Release Date: May 2, 2014

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“Akane defines what a downloadable title should strive to be: loaded with content, affordable, and genuinely fun.”
5/5 – http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/2011/06/review-akane-kunoichi-xbox-360.html

“The bosses in the game are impressive and fun.”
8.5/10 – http://www.ztgd.com/reviews/10217/akane-the-kunoichi/

“Impressive Graphics, Visuals & Artwork”
8.5/10 – http://www.gamingtruth.com/2011/06/11/akane-the-kunoichi-xblig-review/

About This Game

You are Akane, a Kunoichi ninja secretely loving her master Goro, a noble samurai. One day Goro is kidnapped by the evil Hiromi and her minions - you have to rescue him, but it won't be an easy task!
Many enemies will try to stop you, and you'll have to be brave to fight against the evil ninjas and huge monsters loyal to Hiromi.

- 3 secret ninja techniques
- 5 different environments
- 5 huge bosses
- 15 stages
- 45 hidden Charming Lost Kimonos to catch!!!

For more information:
Homepage: http://www.haruneko.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/HarunekoEntertainment
Twitter: @harunekogames

"The bosses in the game are impressive and fun." www.ztgd.com - 8.5/10
"Impressive Graphics, Visuals & Artwork" www.gamingtruth.com - 8.5/10
"Akane defines what a downloadable title should strive to be: loaded with content, affordable, and genuinely fun." www.digitallydownloaded.net - 5/5
"those crazy kids at Haruneko know what made well-remembered games worth remembering" - www.honestgamers.com - 8/10
"a really cool game" www.armlessoctopus.com - 4/5

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Xp, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256mb Video Memory, capable of Shader Model 2
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
This is a pretty decent 2D sidescroller. Many of the reviews I see here are pretty negative about this game. I myself have a hard time to see something bad with this game.

Its your standard generic story about somebody trying to save somebody they love from sudden generic badguys. We can call it "the Mario concept" exept that instead of being some dude trying to save a girl you are instead a ninja girl called Akane and you need to save some dude she loves. Each level is filled with enemy ninjas and dogs that are trying to stop Akane from reaching her loved one. There are also alot of cool bosses that you need to beat. They all got different patters that you need to learn and are over all unique and fun in their own way. The levels offer a great variety and keeps you wanting to know whats coming next.

Akane can throw kunai's and walljump pretty easy. She also got 3 jutsus that she can use and they are all different. One throws alot of kunai's in one direction and the second one makes alot of kunai's rain down nearby and my personal favorite is the one that shoots kunai's in all directions at the same time.

The music is really great and atmospheric and has a good variety.

Other then that the game is kinda hard at times and can be really challenging at certain moment. You pretty much need to be ready for the challenge this game gives you. Do not get fooled by the first 2 levels. It gets harder then that.

I give this a 10/10. Feels alot like an old game that you would play on your 8-bit but at the same time if feels really fresh.
Posted: October 21
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Akane the Kunoichi is an action platformer. A frustratingly difficult action platform. You take the role of Akane and traverse many levels, collecting Kimonos and power-ups in each one.

The first stage more or less holds your hand as you figure out the controls and the basics. You are equipped with shuriken, with which you hurl at enemies to defeat them. Akane's kimono seems to be full of them, as you'll never run out of them. You also have a "super move", which is only useable as long as you have a Scroll. 1 Scroll = 1 Super Move use. There's 3 types: A very large "spread attack, which forms shuriken in a circle around you and fires them; a line of shuriken forms horizontally above you then drops doen onto enemies; and several small rows of shuriken form in front of Akane and all fire off at the same time in the direction you are facing.

Akane also has the ability to cling to walls and slowly slide down them. This ability is very useful in dodging attacks and also useful for mobility purposes. You can jump from your clinging position as well as attack wth your shuriken.

While overall it's not a bad game, its just ball-breakingly difficult. The difficulty ramps up tremendously starting with Stage 1-3. In this stage, you pretty much start off being chased by a very large, portly fellow wearing hardly any clothing. As you platform your way ahead, you eventually come to a pit where you have to fight him. At each end of the pit are 2 floating platforms from which you are supposed to attack his head to deal damage, and then jump over him before he crashes into you and the wall. While the fight itself isn't overly hard, it's very, VERY drawn out. The guy also tends to speed up as you go, making it difficult to get to the opposite platforms in time to fire off one or two shuriken to damage him. He also has at least 2 health bars, and each hit barely dents his bar. It takes maybe 10-12 hits to notice any significant health loss from his life bar.

If you like super hard platformers, this game is for you. If you are frustrated easily by challenge, I would not recommend this.

Overall, 6/10.
Posted: October 23
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
I went in not expecting much; a poor man's Shinobi perhaps, but you should probably lower your expectations even more before going in. The cost is not much, but there are free games of Newgrounds that feel more polished. I did 100% achievements to finish the game, but Area 5 was the only interesting one since getting all the kimonos was challenging in those stages. Let's break it down a bit further:

Gameplay: I was playing on a controller, so I don't know if it is any tighter on keyboard, but jumping can be a bit of an issue. Not the act itself, but while running if you time out to jump near the edge of a platform, most of the time you will not jump leading to a fall. This is particularly frustrating in the last act. The sticking to walls like a magnet to make wall jumping easier can make certain areas more annoying but since it's not that dissimilar from the original Ninja Gaiden you get used to it. There may as well have only been the one ninjutsu since the other 2 are fairly useless. Overall it lacks polish, but the technical aspects are not the biggest problem.

Graphics: 16-bit era graphics are nothing to write home about, but it feels like sprites were imported from RPGmaker. There is nothing anime about this, so no idea where that tag came from. Don't expect cutscenes, the intro and ending are simply the same graphics as the rest of the game. Boring.

Sound: Nothing special, but I guess it works.

Design & Challenge: As noted in graphics the design seems boring and lazy. There are 4 types of enemies throughout the whole game other than bosses: ninja, kunai ninja, dog, monk. They all take 3 hits. This never changes throughout the game and is the laziest and most egregious issue I had I think. As far as challenge, the only parts that felt interesting were in act 5, and only because I was going for the kimonos to 100% - without that it is extremely simple.

Fun: I can say the game entertained me while I was playing it, but I don't think I can say it was actually fun. If it had been more like act 5 throughout, and the jumping were fixed I might have enjoyed it more, but the sameness throughout is a huge detractor. Oh well.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Are you looking for a challenging platformer? If your answer is yes, then this game is definitely worth your time.
This plays much like the classic games Shnobi and Ninja Gaiden and much like those games, if you loose it's back to the start of the level. To survive you must learn and master the 15 different stages in the game. Every third level is a boss fight and learning the patterns is not a problem after a few trys. Your main challenge is to find the 45 hidden Charming Lost Kimonos (3 per stage) within the game.

The graphics is very colorful and look like it could have been on a 16 bit system. The music is not mindblowing but gets the job done. This game is a straightforward platformer that delevers a challenge and gives a feeling of accomplishment when it's all said and done. For the price I must say this is totally worth a playthrough.
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Wanted to like this game because I enjoy old school platfomers but unfortunately there is so many things that ruin the experience. For starters the level design is horrid and constantly forces you into a trail and error process. Platforms that move and fall have very questionable collision detection. Those that fall are not distinguishable from other normal platforms and never respawn causing to restart the level without warning. The controls are unforgiving and the stick-to-wall mechanics take some getting us to. Put this all together and you get some very frustrating experience that I cannot recommend.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Meh, generic platformer
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
DO NOT even look at this game if you aren't a platform junky. You won't be able to deal with it.

That said, some aspects of Akane may put off even a few platform junkies, particularly the mismatched resolutions of its assets and the fact that its titular heroine handles like a greasy tortoise. But look at the game long enough, and you will find a savage freedom in that pixel-collage -- what you might call a "retro punk" aesthetic -- and it will grow hugely on you. Play it long enough, and you will discover that that graceless, chubby chibi you control is the game, slow-dancing her slippery bod through those deceptively simple-looking levels is the challenge. And what a satisfying, heart-thumping challenge it turns out to be! Managing to beat the game with all the kimonos (which has to be considered the only true win-state) is actually exhilarating!

In conclusion: Akane may be a greasy, chubby punk chick, but she'll show you a fine time if you've got the right touch.
Posted: October 13
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Very simplistic. I had hoped for a little more than a plain platformer for $2.99. If anybody has played "Ganbare Goemon" series on SNES, you'll get a similar flavor. But this game is just as it advertised:
- 3 secret ninja techniques
- 5 different environments
- 5 huge bosses
- 15 stages (3 stages for each environment, one boss at the end of every third stage)
- 45 hidden "Charming Lost Kimonos" to catch!!! (that is nothing more than collecting to get an achievement at the end...)
Posted: October 6
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Jesus.... The game looks like a weekend project for a programmer student. Nothing more.
Textures are poorly made. The enemeies are annoying. Story is just do not exists.

Soundtrack is boring. The same song plays over and over.

Conclusion:
It would be nice for free but paying money... 3 euro it too much. Don't buy it.
Posted: October 7
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Challenging and rage enducing, especially the clunky wall kick. 4-2 was a big challenge for me because of the "you only get once chance" wall kicking/platform dropping area. I like the different enemies, but memorizing the level to pass it tends to be the most effective. The ambushing can be really annoying, especially if you fall and then they spawn on top of you.

Only recommended if you like games like I wanna be the guy or infliciting pain on yourself and you don't give a darn about graphics or sometimes clunky controls.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Ok my First review so bear with me. The game is at the price worth what the asking price is for. It is very hard and very very Easy at times to die. Some bosses have techs that make them seem hard or near impossible to beat with the time limit. Then the item collecting is nice.

Though I would reccomnd this for the price and for the content. For that alone for the price seems worth the content.

It is well done and very amage to classic games in this genre. Though I do finshing it is near as hard as Ghouls and Ghost or the Super version of that game.

Overall if you want something cheap and with cotent for the price can not go wrong with this game. Just be expecting Dragons Lair NES hard levels.

I do say at least give it a shot.

Cons: The bosses can not have powerups used on them that I have found. No other Life points to get other than 4. Platforming is ok. You will need a contoller to get the most out of it. Hard to master. Very Quick level in difficulty spikes and curves.

Pros: have not found any glitches in it or it seems run stable for me. Easy menus and easy to learn and play.
But for the price it can not go wrong.

Thank you for the game. I have played more than a hour of this but due to connection problems I had to play offline so the hour on it could be more or less. But it takes much longer than a hour to beat this game.

Good luck to you all
Posted: October 12
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
This game is, by far, the best game I've played in a long while.

First of all, don't let the horrible graphics, dull gameplay and terrible audio get in the way of your judgement. This is actually a social experiment to inflict upon your friends when you're low on pranks to play on them. Buy a few copies out of a bundle, and have fun distributing them to oblivious people, who will never know what's happening until the moment they install it into their computers.

At that point, you may start telling them that the game is great, and that you've beaten it repeatedly despite... Well... It being what it is.

  • Inflict hours of endless torment upon unsuspecting people.
  • Witness their feeble attempts at beating this bug-ridden, frustrating game, while nausea overcomes them because of the game's graphics and sounds.
  • Remember when they would claim they had beaten Super Mario 3's 5th world in less than a few hours, back in 4th grade? Enjoy some sweet payback by telling them this game's easy and fun to play.

Obviously, this game should NOT be played by you, or anyone you care about, or even anyone you don't hate to the point you'd send them through hell and back for the sake of it.

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I wish I had this game in my days. The fun I would have had with it.

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I'm gonna have my gladiators play this and watch. This is gonna be SO fun!

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Posted: September 29
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
At first glance Akane the Kunocihi is a game that is very bland. The music isn't anything special, the controls are stiff, the characters have basic animation and the enemy variety isn't quite large. Now, sadly I can't exactly recommend this game. It almost tried to bring in Ninja Gaiden's wall cling into the Shinobi game play style, and It somewhat works. Power ups are found in cat statues that contain kunai power ups, scrolls for your screen nuking attacks, and health. Enemies range from grey ninja who just walk back and forth, orange ninja who will throw kunai at your location, men with hats who throw said hats like boomerangs and finally dogs. (You also have bosses but I won't really touch on them.) Personally, I don't find the game to be all that fun. Some of the level design and enemy placement can be annoying, the collectibles aren't that well hidden and like I said, the game itself is just a game. It works, but it's rough. So I'd only give this a recommend if you wanted a game that's easy to 100%. But for everyone else, I can't recommend it.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
I had picked this up in a bundle and decided to give it a shot. At the time of this review, I've spent ~3.6 hours in it and I'm at the last level out of 5. Each level has 3 stages to it, and in each stage has 3 collectibles to find and grab. Probably most of my time spent has been trying to get those collectibles over...and over...and over again because of the level restarting from some stupid death or another.

Btw...I was amused how Sonic the Hedgehog it felt with the splash screens introducing the stages. Felt like the acts in Sonic. xD

Being a platformer there are a LOT of jump sequences to deal with. It starts off pretty fun, but after awhile it's just gotten annoying to say the least. I play using an Xbox controller and am pretty darn sure all the buttons working fine. Even more sure after reading similar reviews of one big issue I've had - the jump timing being really clunky/delayed. So many stages were restarted because of running off a cliff with no jump. I've probably spent 2.5 hours just dealing with all the jump sequences over and over to get the collectibles instead of just beating the game outright. I'd like to think I'm a decent platformer gamer but geez this one has been infuriating at times...which is not good. And as other people have commented, many of these sequence are almost pixel perfect at times where you need precise timing or...game over and restart the level AGAIN.

Btw, what's with the instant game over after one death? Why not a few deaths so you can keep the collectibles you've gotten already in a stage and keep going?

The combat is simple enough with a kunai shooter like megaman which kill pretty much everything in 3 hits. Except boses...which take SOOOO many more hits that it's just a matter of getting the pattern and slowly whittling them down. I really haven't had much use for the 'secret arts' (yay special moves?). Though I have a feeling I might in this last level for the little I've tried it.

As I've said before, it started off fun and felt like I game I could easily recommend just to play around with a simple and short platformer. However, the more I went into it and the more infuriating and unforgiving it felt...I really don't know anymore. I'll probably spend more time on it just so I can finish it for all the time I have put into it already (and how close I am), but I really don't think I can recommend this one unless you have the patience for this kind of thing.

Buyer beware I suppose? I'd say wait till it's a buck or less on sale before bothering with it, if at all.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
This could've been a good game it has a brief but decent enough plot, good sprites, and some sections of the levels can be challenging. However the games frustrating controls, especially in anything wall jumping related ruin it. This games biggest challenge is trying to keep from getting angry over the controls repeatedly killing you.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
I'm a little shocked to say it, but I actually didn't hate this game. The controls are weird, the graphics are kind of bad, the music fits ... but the mechanics work anyway. The sloppy controls are actually factored in with the level design, so whenever you die it's your own fool fault. And the wall-cling mechanic is interesting! Simple side-scrolly action with overly easy bosses, but it's pretty easy to sit through an hour of it. I say play it.
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Super Mario Bros is a better platformer than this.
Posted: October 8
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
I personally don't like to pay for games that look like a cheap browser game
Posted: October 14
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
If you like simple, rage-quit inducing, 2-D Japanese side-scrollers, this one's for you...

(Note: Acquired via a bundle)
Posted: October 8
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Horrible controls. Repetative Gameplay. Awful Level Complete screen. Hya!
Posted: October 1
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