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!!!
The combination of ninjas and platformers has been one that many games have applied throughout the years of video game existence. Akane the Kunoichi is an indie title that adds to the collection of ninja-platformers available out there with its female protagonist and brightly colored pixel art. It does, however, leave much to be desired.
The game lets you play as Akane, a kunoichi who is in love with her master, the noble samurai Goro. And rather than having the usual man-saves-the-princess kind of scenario, the game instead lets Goro get kidnapped and has Akane go on a quest to save him from the clutches of the evil Hiromi. With ninja abilities and weapons at her disposal, Akane must battle through various baddies to save the man that she loves.
In total, the game has 4 acts that each have 3 levels in them (with the third level always being a boss battle) – giving a total of 12 stages for players to complete. The level design is nothing too special as it incorporates many of the typical elements seen in other platforming games, without bringing anything new to the table. Regardless of this fact though, the levels are challenging enough for those who are looking for a game to simply pass the time, and the collectable kimonos scattered around the levels are sufficient enough of a reason for completionists to spend even more time in the game.
One thing to point out, however, is that character movement can seem awkward or even slow-paced many times during the game. As a ninja, you would expect Akane to be light on her feet and able to move swiftly across the screen. Unfortunately, the kunoichi seems to have trouble running quickly and tends to get stuck hanging on walls when players miss the platform they were supposed to jump to. Enemies and their attacks can move slow as well, so players may find themselves playing an unnecessarily long waiting game just so they can pass a certain area.
Despite these problems, Akane the Kunoichi is certainly not a bad game. The art is charming with its Japanese-influenced characters and backgrounds, and the premise of having a woman saving a man is a refreshing take on creating purpose in a platformer. However, the game could have been so much better had it been polished more before release. Even smaller aspects of the game had some issues: the default keyboard controls did not follow usual platformer configurations (leaving most first time players confused when starting out); the game’s sound was not normalized properly with many effects sounding much louder than others; and the user interface during gameplay could have been more informative.
Overall, Akane the Kunoichi is a game with a lot of promise that sadly fell flat of expectations, but at its price point of US$2.99, many players will be quite happy with the amount of content available and the fact that the game at least does not suffer from anything that is game-breaking.