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  • Summary: Imagine the rain-soaked neon streets of Mega-Tokyo. You, your loyal katana and hordes of mad Yakuzas. There’s no happy ending this time. Take down as many thugs as you can with you.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 21, 2019
    90
    Akane is a delightful twin-stick shooter that focuses primarily on melee combat, and wants the player to use their firearms sparingly. Mix this with the delightful graphics and upgrades, and there is a lot of fun to be had with this game.
  2. May 16, 2019
    85
    Akane always ends in violence, bloodshed and the death of the titular hero. It’s the journey towards that inevitable conclusion, that makes this retro-styled experience one of the finest examples of its genre as it deftly weaves a subtle strategy with some of the tightest action on the market today.
  3. Jun 3, 2019
    80
    Akane is a sleek, stylish arena fighter that feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch. The simplicity of its premise and the stylish presentation are equally matched by its fun one-more-go gameplay. Akane is a game that does one thing and does it exceptionally well; its biggest flaw is that there simply isn’t enough of it.
  4. May 15, 2019
    70
    While it might not share the intricate levels and levelling up mechanics of Hyper Light Drifter: Special Edition, Akane balances out its lack of topographical variety with a simple yet challenging set of rolling objectives and an increasingly tough variety of enemies to slay. Death is constant in those first few hours, but persevere and you'll discover a hack 'n' slash survival game that rewards precision, position and quick-thinking. With a brilliant chiptune/synth soundtrack and an art style that wears its influences front and centre, Akane has plenty of charms for those willing to learn to wield its blades – even if it does become slightly samey over time.
  5. Sep 26, 2019
    67
    If you just want some stylized kills, of course, then you probably won’t mind the repetitiveness or the lack of story. And make no mistake, there are few games that are more stylized than Akane. But if you want anything more than style, then keep looking, because this isn’t a game with a whole lot of substance.
  6. Jun 1, 2019
    60
    Akane contains intense action with fantastic controls but the repetitiveness of it all ends up making it a somewhat limited experience.
  7. 50
    On the surface, Akane is a super difficult game that requires absolute dexterity with a controller. It has some fantastic ideas which sadly are all cancelled out by mechanics and design choices that fight against the good stuff. It looks gorgeous, and can be enjoyed in really short spurts, but unfortunately there’s just not enough substance in this game to consider recommending it above the vast array of games available on the eShop right now.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
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  1. Mar 9, 2020
    9
    Love it. I got it for $1, but would have paid full price. It's the most bare bones videogame I've ever played, but what it does do isLove it. I got it for $1, but would have paid full price. It's the most bare bones videogame I've ever played, but what it does do is fantastic. I really wish they made a meatier game with this gameplay. It's the perfect time waster. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2022
    9
    It's simple in concept and gameplay, but it is perfect for what it is! It's a brilliant pick-up-and-play melee twin-stick shooter/arenaIt's simple in concept and gameplay, but it is perfect for what it is! It's a brilliant pick-up-and-play melee twin-stick shooter/arena battle game. To upgrade to new items you have to fulfill different challenges, which can be incredibly difficult. This isn't a game you'll sit down and play for 3 hours, but it is DEFINITELY one that you'll keep coming back to for 5-30 minutes at a time. I love this little title, and it is so worth it for the price. Plus, it goes on sale all the time! BUY BUY BUY!!! Expand
  3. May 10, 2022
    9
    Wer blondes Hähnchen googelt, spielt Akane. Ausrauchen, töten und weiterspielen.
  4. Jul 17, 2020
    7
    A respectable action arcade-style arena hack-n-slash sort of game. Very fun, for what it is. Appropriately priced for what you're getting. IfA respectable action arcade-style arena hack-n-slash sort of game. Very fun, for what it is. Appropriately priced for what you're getting. If this gameplay was implemented into a fully fledged game...holy crap, it could potentially be pure indie gold, up there with the best. Maybe in a sequel? One can only hope. Expand
  5. Jan 5, 2020
    7
    Akane goes for a bit of that old-fashioned arcade feeling, and nails it. It plays like a slightly more sophisticated version of a twin-stickAkane goes for a bit of that old-fashioned arcade feeling, and nails it. It plays like a slightly more sophisticated version of a twin-stick shooter, but most of the time you use a katana instead of a ranged weapon. Most characters, including yourself and bosses, die in one or two hits.

    Akane has the bare minimum of content: a handful of enemies, one recurring boss, and just one screen. The only variety in the gameplay comes from the enemies becoming progressively harder, and from the unlocking of bonus items as you beat a dynamic list of achievements.

    Some players might aim to complete all achievements, and unlock the short final scene. Most, however, will play this game as a pure arcade: keep going until you eventually die.

    Akane doesn't aim high: it just wants to be a stylish skill-based game. At its budget price, it doesn't disappoint.
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  6. Sep 28, 2020
    7
    Akane is a fun fast action game with lots of replayability. Very cheap and worth the price.
  7. Dec 18, 2019
    6
    A fun topdown hack 'n slash/shooter game for a while, but it needs a lot of skill and practice before you can defeat bosses. I don't play itA fun topdown hack 'n slash/shooter game for a while, but it needs a lot of skill and practice before you can defeat bosses. I don't play it much, not because I don't like it, but because I'm not that good at it, and that almost destroys the fun. Still a fun minigame for when you have a too short amount of time to play a big game like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which takes longer to start playing. Expand

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