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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!
Release Date: May 2, 2014
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May 9th, 2014

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Reviews

“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 the 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
206 of 264 people (78%) found this review helpful
256 products in account
1 review
2.4 hrs on record
Please note: This is the second iteration of this review following an update and comment from the developer. However, it is not overly different to the first.
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I purchased this game due to the premise - an anime style ninja platformer (if that makes sense). However, it was a little bit underwhelming and disappointing.

Gameplay is pretty much how you would expect your normal platformer - it is nothing special. There are 3 levels in each stage, with the last being a boss battle. Each level gets more difficult as it goes along (as you'd expect). Whilst what you get here is nothing too bad, very few new gimmicks are introduced as you go along (certainly no new enemies (excluding bosses) in the second and third stages), making gameplay seem a little monotonous at times. The secret ninja technique mechanic is ok, but it is a shame that these cannot be used in the boss fights and that there aren't more to unlock or use (I seem to only ever use one).

Controls are unfortunetly clunky and still feel a little slow despite the update. There is no tutorial - and as far as I am aware the keyboard controls are a little odd. Despite using an xbox controller, controls in some areas are a bit tempermental; this is especially the case with the wallhang aspect, whereby getting a bit close to a wall sticks you to it, leaving you to either slide or jump umpteen steps in the opposite direction. These controls ultimately (and unfortunetly) affect gameplay, making it difficult to dodge in some situations and leaving some areas a little bit tedious to navigate.

In other areas, the game is adequate but not excellent. Graphics are standard, with some areas featuring tiling that is a touch too obvious. Sound works but is nothing special. Cutscenes are relatively uneventful and slow, and can be a little slow to skip.

All in all, it is and little things that let this game down - it just needs a bit more usability and polish. Every time you die or which to retry, you have to do so from the level menu; I'd be more inclined to continue playing if there was a restart button on the menu or game over screen. Likewise, there could be more options changing sound volumes in game. Again, bosses could be better - the first two bosses were both disappointingly repetitive affairs, especially as one critic outlined them as "impressive and fun".

Whilst nothing special was necessarily expected from this game, the controls and little usability things prevent it from being a decent game. That is not to say it is a bad game - some people will definitely find some charm within and with the game as cheap as chips it might be worth a look. However, I can't say I got a great deal of enjoyment from it - whilst the premise has potential, the overall controls and execution of the game could be a lot smoother.
Posted: May 2nd, 2014
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84 of 116 people (72%) found this review helpful
89 products in account
5 reviews
4.3 hrs on record
This game is meh. I bought it seeing that it was on sale for less than $3 and figured that it would be a fun throwback to those old school NES/SNES games.

To me while playing it the gameplay just seems a bit slow and there never really seems to be a real sense of danger or excitement. The controls didn't feel clunky, I think that its just that the game is kinda slow paced. The wall hanging/jumping is my biggest gripe with this game as nearly all of my damage/deaths have been caused due to Akane just being stuck to a wall. It would of worked much better with a Megaman styled wall jump mechanic.

The graphics for this game are pretty good and I do enjoy the soundtrack but I don't think those make up for the gameplay.

That all being said I don't think that its a bad purchase considering its cheap price but I can't really recommend it to other people to go out of their way to pick it up. If you have leftover funds in your steam wallet ($4 or less) then feel free to purchase this game, just don't expect a lot from it.
Posted: May 3rd, 2014
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30 of 43 people (70%) found this review helpful
1,690 products in account
209 reviews
7.6 hrs on record
Ready to go back to 8bit gaming? This game does it all for nostalgia. From the graphics, to the terrible platforming controls. Playing as the clumsiest Ninja, you must defeat Hiromi for some reason. It seems a man fell in love with this woman, now you must go kill her. The story doesnt matter, did it ever in old games? Get ready to slip and slide on ice skates as you trip over your own shoelaces to get to the final boss, murdering the woman that man fell in love with, HA, that will teach him a lesson! Bosses are easy once you figure out their patterns, and you will die more from the controls than ever actually playing the game. Ahhh, just like the old days, this is a great lazy evening game, since it can be beaten in one playthrough. The game is real real short, I hope they make some DLC because its a fun game!!!

Rating: 8/10 Value: $4.99
Posted: May 6th, 2014
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
481 products in account
22 reviews
1.9 hrs on record
It's not actually so bad. I kinda enjoyed silly animations, boss battles and kimono collecting. But, otherwise, i think i can't say i enjoyed the whole game, so it's a difficult desicion: Do i recommend this or not. For 2.5$ it's a fun little game you can spend some time on, but don't be too lovely to anime graphics on screenshots and try not to wait from this game somethin really great.
Posted: May 6th, 2014
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48 of 81 people (59%) found this review helpful
96 products in account
2 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
Here are some extended thoughts now that I have played the game a bit more and read through others critiques.
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This is a relatively straightforward action platforming game. Through world 3 it seems to have a base set of enemies that are put in different patterns across the stages. Each world has 2 levels and then a boss stage, which may also include some platforming and regular enemies. Also stages all hold 3 specialty items that need to be collected for the best ending, I believe. Levels are timed, so collecting the items and completing the stage takes a little skill--although if you collect pieces and beat a stage, you keep them. You don't need to collect that particular piece again if you rebeat it for others. The pieces provide some incentive to explore around--as to hidden powerups. Stage design is nothing revolutionary but enjoyable, mixing things up enough to keep you thinking.

In terms of gameplay Akane does move slow compared to say Ryu or the unnamed protagonist of Mark of the Ninja. This doesn't fundamentally hamper the game in my opinion. Enemies generally move slower as well, so the pacing overall is slower. In terms of the wall-jump, there are times where you will stick to a wall you didn't want to stick to. However, its relatively easy to recover from as you can press down to slide off quickly or jump off. Wall-jumping, like regular movement is slower than other Ninja games I have played. But again it is a slower paced game. I will say I have only played with my 360 controller and I have not tried using the keyboard.

Music is adequate and not repetitive or obnoxious and the story is minimal. Mostly I bought this for action-platforming and have been happy with that decision. It doesn't turn the formula on its head but delivers enjoyable level design and some clever bosses. Collecting the specialty items present another challenge as some require a bit of thought on how to get there and get back. The game itself is not very long, I am slow to progress through games and halfway through at 2 hours, which includes some backtracking. I recommend this game for those looking for a fun, straightforward action-platformer. Gameplay is simple kunai and jumping for the most part, but level design and different elements in the worlds keep it interesting. If a slower paced game of this stripe is really not your thing, then you may want to pass. For everyone else, given the price its a fun, short romp with some clever elements and small challenges to keep you engaged.

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Original Comments

Seems the first few reviews weren't that thrilled with this game. I just beat the first two worlds and had a lot of fun. I think the game-speed is a little slow, but this isn't Mark of the Ninja where you have to kill enemies in seconds or be exposed, its just a good old action platformer. The level design thus far is enjoyable and the bosses I fought were clever. There are collectables and power-ups that encourage you to explore around. For the price, if you like old action-platforming games its worth checking out from what I've seen.
Posted: May 2nd, 2014
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