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 (241 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
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Akane the Kunoichi is an action platformer. A frustratingly difficult action platformer. 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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
This is a platform game divided into 5 acts, each one has 3 levels, and the third level is a boss fight. Each boss has a specific pattern : once you know what a boss is going to do, it is quite easy to defeat it, you just need to focus on what you have to do.

Both soundtrack and graphics are fine. The gameplay is simple (jump, basic attack, special attack) and the difficulty is increasing after each act. The first act looks like a tutorial and, in the end, the fifth and last act is quite challenging : there is no doubt that you will die a lot before reaching the end of the game.

You may need between 2 and 3 hours to get all of the kimonos in the game, which will result in 100% achievements ! If you can get this game in a bundle, I recommend it. Otherwise, check some videos before buying it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Avoidable 2D Platform [KAMGUSTA's REVIEW]

Let's put it straight: a dull 2D platform with zero innovation and fun.

It seems to have been put together by a high-school student with a copy of some sort of game maker program. Everything is rushed and poorly executed. The animated background of level numbers are ripped off by sonic the hedgehog. Levels are so poorly designed that you will be forced to restart again again for failing a simple jump or by being hit by an unavoidable projectile. No fun.

Save your money, there are a lot better platforms out there!

Best played with Joypad
Recommended Buy Price < 2$
Score 4/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I enjoyed this game really much. Some levels were challenging. I am pretty sure that 50% of negative reviews, are ragequits. The other 50% who complain about bad level design, I am pretty sure they also would complain about old Prince of Persia design. I hope there will be a 2nd part soon, or just an another game from this dev!

P.S. Thanks dev for the windowed option, could play at work :P
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I really like the game, it's simple and a piece of cake to play.

It's frustating at some parts of the game, but gives you a good alternative to take some fun time.

So, it's a lovely indie game.

Eu realmente gosto do jogo, é simples e um pedaço de bolo para jogar.
É frustrante em algumas partes do jogo, mas dá-lhe uma boa alternativa para levar algum tempo de diversão.
Então, é um belo jogo indie.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
BOY, does this game give off that just-out-of-high-school feel.
Is Akane the Kunoichi a game? Yes.
Is it a good game? Nope.
I only played 3 levels, hence the tiny play time, but I only needed that long to make the guess that the game wasn't going to get much better. It's possible that on level 4 the game turns out to be a masterpiece, but I'll never know because I was so turned off by the amateur-made first levels.

Simply put, I wouldn't bother with this game unless it's on sale for pennies on the dollar and you're feeling really saucy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
(Video at the end of this review, see the nightmare for yourselves)

Okay. Wow. Score?

020/100

Now that is out the way this game is 'special' and I hold it dear in my heart. For being bad!

Basically imagine Shinobi. You have that image in your head? Good.
Imagines it's hard difficulty, but fair controls. Shinobi is a game that rewards your skill while punishing you for showing off. Not as hard as battletoads but a hard game, none the less.

Akane is what you would get if you wanted to remake shinobi.
With zero experience, no talent and a copy of gamer maker.
It is a shame, a huge shame! Because the Shinobi franchise doesn't feel 'done'. The basic gimmick of the gameplay seems like it still has life to it, like it could still work. But Akane for all it's good intentions just falls flat.

Controls
The biggest failing is the controls. They are not the worse but they are an odd mix. Akane builds momentum and holding the jump button makes her jump higher. She sticks to surfaces and you can wall jump. But something about her isn't right in every facet. for example there are some serious issues going on with jumping which you will notice right away; hard to explain in words but as soon as you play, pop in a good platformer like Mario or Shinobi and you will know exactly what I mean.

Second of all is the screen. It's Bubsy type. For those of you unfamiliar with "Bubsy" it was a horrible tortue device used in the late 21st century to induce motion sickness. Akane continues this trend by fall and on occassion moving, faster than the screen. Falling of course, in this manner is usually fatal.

Sound
The sound? Ha ha ha ha hooooooooo! If you have watched the video you will be thinking "man, I can't hear this guy" because the sound effects are so oddly loud! I actually turned them down to 20% before recording and they STILL blazed my ears! Even worse, even the developers turned them down because they were louder! I guess 'normalization' is a foreign term to the devs.

The music is great...Because it is royalty free. So you may have heard some of the music before, but regardless, the music fits.

Gameplay
Four badguys. In the whole game, four badguys. I honestly kept waiting for more, something new some challenge, some variety. It never came. Even the last boss just spams all the other four mooks you have already killed, over and over. Just jump over them, shoot her and you win. Why?

I just, you know what? This review could go on but in my honest opinion I feel that this is the first game made by this dev team and they honestly did their best. As far as games go, its not good but there is worse out there...On Early Access...GODUS!!!
For me, I played it, completed it and I never want to ever play it again. How could the game be improved? I think really the controls. The rest, while not original or inspired (forest level, snow level, shinobi level complete with 'borrowed sprites', fire castle last boss level) is sufficient and while I am being harsh on the game it is more because of what it tried to be.

Shinobi as a game was fun and I want to see more Shinobi style games but not like this. If there is ever a Akane 2, I would buy it. I might never play it but I would buy it, because I want more games in the style of Shinobi.

I can only recommend this game if you feel the same way, outside of that your money is better spent elsewhere.

http://youtu.be/zTPSvxJlXS8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
While the price is very very low, you certainally get what you pay for, very simple UI and mechanics. Stock sound effects too, it's... lacking quite a bit of polish.

It seems like it belongs on the old XBOX Live Indie Marketplace.

On the bright side... trading cards!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Fun platformer, gets quite challenging in some places. However, there is nothing unique about it and better free Flash plaformers can be found.
5/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Akane the Kunoichi is better than some of the reviews make it out to be. It has an easy learning curve and yes, can be frustrating at times but so can any other 2D platformer. If the game is available for an inexpensive price then definitely pick it up for 3-4 hours of gameplay to 100%.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Terrible game. Clunky controls, ice mechanics that really don't work, a really strange gravity system, and a dull, repetitive goal that becomes more and more of a hassle. A trial and error game that is no fun at all.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
No
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
WAY 2 FRUSTRATING !!!!
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
generic
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
cool
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
10/10 it has trading cards
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
for a 2d anime ninja style platformer it was realy good my only complaint was the jumps were not high enough but thats about it good job personal rating 8/10
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Aside from the technical issues I had with the game (random "freezes" and flickering sprites) the game just isn't really any fun.
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7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Akane The Kunoichi is really good platformer game. Starts easy, and with every new environment game gets harder and more tricky. Beating it without getting kimonos is too easy but once you will aim to collect all of kimonos, that's where real fun starts. The only thing I can complain is that there are only 15 levels.
Anyway. don't mind negative reviews. Anybody who enjoys platform games will have fun. Also, the price is fair for the content and on sales this game is cheap.
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12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Akane the Kunoichi knows how to capture classic games feature, but the poorly told story and the clumsy controls make this game forgettable, the controls seem initially clunky, but it will be perfectly response once you get used to. The real issue with this game is slow-paced, not much enemy to challenge you skill, however level design is compensated with quality.
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