(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