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 down 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 with 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.
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