MMOments: Akaneiro Demon Hunters


Around eight months have passed since I last took a look at Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, and quite a bit has changed since we last ventured as Little Red Riding Hood in Feudal Japan. For the sake of not repeating myself, here is a basic rundown of the game itself. Akaneiro is a top-down hack and slash that should be familiar to fans of Diablo or Torchlight. You have a quest hub with associated vendors, and travel out into instanced dungeons to kill large quantities of mobs, in return for loot and experience, to find or buy better equipment to kill bigger things. Got it? Good.

In my early look at Akaneiro, I criticized the game for a lack of potions and how the game mechanics took the game down a path of “pay to live.” The combination of no potions and attacks that frequently stunned your character for far too long meant that death often came quickly and without any sort of grace or fairness. Death in Akaneiro also means forfeiting any experience you gained in said dungeon, however players were offered the convenience of resurrecting on the spot…for cash shop currency. The good news is that you may now find potions both in the hub store and in enemy drops. Resurrection is now paid for with in-game currency, allowing the player to resurrect on the spot using some of the gems they have collected.


A bunch of improvements have been made to the overall game since the last time we looked at it. Crafting currently allows you to upgrade weapons and armor using materials found while completing dungeons. The ability bar has been expanded to allow for six abilities as well as three consumable slots. The map has been improved from its previous iteration to better show off progression, and the whole thing overall just feels more responsive and less laggy. While the game hasn’t fundamentally changed, it is rather spectacular to see how much better a game can become by fixing a lot of little things.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, I highly suggest you do so through Kongregate.


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