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 (275 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
36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
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.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Akane might be the clumsiest ninja to ever find her way into a video game.

She moves like a stone statue that has suddenly been given the ability to move, sliding around as if every surface she touches is ice and often forgetting how to properly jump. Though I suppose I'd find it pretty hard to move effectively if I had two watermelons bouncing around on my chest, making the simple act of walking across a room an involved procedure as you desperately attempt to deal with the sheer uncontrollable force of your own momentum. Making matters worse are dozens of the worlds second dumbest ninjas, who patrol around in obnoxiously difficult to reach places while starring at you like your a harmless circus animal jumping through hoops.

And that would be somewhat accurate, though there are rather a lot less giant flaming rings and many more exceedingly dull platform layouts and cheep traps. Checkpoints apparently missed the cut and to seal the deal an agonizingly long death screen makes retrying levels far more tedious than they had to be. Not that you ought to bother starting over, mind you. Akane never gets better through its five worlds, instead becoming so outrageously cheap and difficult that I confess to having abandoned ship on the second to last level.

What I'm getting at here if it wasn't incredibly obvious, is Akane the Kunoichi is rather outrageously incompetent. It feels like someone ripped a platformer template out of their rear, painted some very ugly textures all over it, and then spent the rest of their time carefully animating the lead characters breasts. Because that's what really matters in a platformer: boob physics.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Akane is agreat throwback to the classic 16bit gaming era. In fact, it actually feels like a "blast from the past" has been locked away in a time capsule in the early 1990s, sealed tight and only opened up recently.
The levels are short and sweet; no checkpoints and every hit you take from enemies drain one of your hearts. If you die, you restart from the beginning.
Enemies are attack pattern based as well as bosses.
Plattforming may feel unresponsive at first, but once you get the hang of it (Akane's plattforming is not speed-based precision plattforming) they get the job well done and provide you with enough precision to get all the collectables (especially in the last 3 levels).
Keeping that in mind, I highly recommend Akane to everybody who remembers or is interested in classic gaming era style games.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Akane the Kunoichi, published by Haruneko Entertainment, is a bastion of old-school fun.Akane’s adventure is divided into five zones with three acts apiece. Players will engage in some platforming, do quite a bit of wall-jumping and give enemy ninjas, dogs, and monks everywhere a kunai makeover. Each of the five zones ends with a boss-fight. You know what to expect: There’s a large foe with a lot of hit-points and they’ve got a couple ways of getting rid of Akane. Unlike a surprising number of platformer-heroes, Akane is thankfully the sturdy type and can take four hits before dying horribly, causing the act to restart. There are some pieces in the level designs that are questionable at best. As with a lot of other games, some of the worst-designed levels can crop up towards the end. Akane the Kunoichi, ultimately, isn’t bad; it’s just not great. The controls could use a bit of work, the level-design could be a bit more solid and maybe the enemies could be at least somewhat threatening. On the other hand it is nice to have an adventure that doesn’t push itself too hard and create something truly awful.
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12 of 14 people (86%) 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.

6/10, Kinda Recommended

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I don't understand why so many negative reviews. Sure, it isn't a platformer masterpiece. It can be challenging and controls are little clumsy, visual and music aspect are nothing special, and story is below average, but hey, it is still a decent game. If you like old school platform games, give it a chance.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
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.
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6 of 6 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Alright, I'm gonna be honest and say that this game can be quite infuriating at times! Still, it's a fun little platformer with a charming setting and a pretty nice vibe to it. You'll need to play the levels until you've learned the ins-and-outs of them in order to pass through them, challenging but quite beatable.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I have almost completed the game and I am pretty happy with it. The controls get a little taking use to, but then it became second nature for me. I used an xbox 360 controller. The game is very simple yet had some challenging moments. The artwork and style is what drew me in. A lot of games that come out get too complicated, as I grew up with old school games. This brings me back to my childhood. I usually struggle to complete games because they're too lengthy and have too many different abilities to remember. This game was just right and great for the price. I highly recommend it and I hope the devs make a sequel or dlc for it.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.3 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 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
It's a pretty cool little game. Definitely gave me a challenge.
It has cool gameboy style graphics and music.
- The controls aren't super tight and the gameplay feels a little bit monotonous and slow at times .
+ A fun challenge to pick up for a few minutes at a time.

For this cheap price its definitely worth it.
My impression:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IJV0SQoOeg
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
First of all I'm a platformer guy, so I might judge this game too harsh.
At first glance, I'm really like to play this game. Because I saw a classic Super Mario Bros. in this game.
But after playing for a couple hours, I found out this game is just mehhhh..

Nothing is good in this game.
The level design is bad, the controls is so-so.
The game itself is slow pacing which mean you are a slowpoke ninja girl.
Don't even bother with the time limit per level, that's just a decoration.
3 Secret ninja techniques? ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, you aren't allowed to use it in boss fight.
The boss fight is just a hit and run play, nothing special.

The only thing that resemble classic platformer is when you die, you have to start it all over again.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
In spite of its appearance, which is a little rough around the edges, Akane the Kunoichi is really a respectable little platformer. I couldn't help but be reminded a bit of those old PC platformers I used to play on 3.5" floppy shareware disks. Don't be fooled by the first few levels, this game gets a little bit difficult by the time it's done. I also liked the music. In fact, I liked everything about this game aside from its length. You should be done with this one in about two hours, less if you make no attempts to get all of the achievements. While its short life and limited replay value are enormous faults, it's still hard to be mean to a game that just gets so much right. I feel pretty good about recommending this one based on solid design. Whether a well-crafted and enjoyable but unbelievably short game is worth the cost of admission is something you'll have to weigh for yourself, but I'm pleased.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Definitely a rage inducing platformer with plenty of projectiles the further you get. Took me a little over an hour on the last level alone. It's not exactly the greatest on graphics but that's not what the game is about. Took me 6.6 hours to beat the game 100% (including achievements). If you've got the $2.99 to spare then I'd recommend giving it a shot. :D
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Fun and addicting
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
A charming platformer that may initially seem clunky, but its controls are actually perfectly responsive. The real issue is in its rather slow pace that may seem like a deal-breaker early on. I gave the game a chance though, and i can say i enjoyed it. There's little enemy variety, but the level design is so well-made it compensates that problem. The bosses are also pretty cool.
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