Release Date: January 31, 2013
Developer: Spicy Horse Games
Publisher: Spicy Horse Games
Platform: [Reviewed: PC ], MAC
Genre: MMORPG (Massive Online Multiplayer Role Playing Game)
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is the new kid on the block, at least when it comes to free to play MMO’s. Brought to you by Spicy Horse Games, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters provides MMO fans with the best of both worlds.
Tired of spending all your hard earned money on video games? Or maybe you just want to spend a little of your money. Either way Akaneiro caters to you. Akaneiro is a FREE to play MMO, but offers the luxury of micro transactions. What is that you say? You are impatient and don’t want to wait to unlock all those other levels. Well you can use your cash to purchase “peppers”, the currency of spicyworld (Spicy Horse). You then convert your peppers for Karma, the currency of Akaneiro. This can then be used to purchase items in game as well as unlock new levels.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is a Diablo-esque game with a classic Little Red Riding Hood story merged with Eastern Folklore in which you can control your characters development. You will be able to choose your own character from three of the available options, Prowess; a melee character, Fortitude; a healer, and Cunning; a range character. You will also be able to specialize your characters weapons and armor as you wish, selecting from 3 different skill trees mixing and matching to fit your character and game play style.
The graphics are absolutely amazing, for a web browser game that is. And I must admit I was floored with how great it looks and how well it plays. With minimum lag I was really surprised. Most people would not expect anything better than arcade/Indie game graphics when hearing a title is web browser based. I seriously had more lag sometimes playing Diablo 3 than I ever had playing Akaneiro: Demon Hunters.
Just like other MMO’s you can team up with a friend to slaughter the enemy or destroy them all on your own. Game play is very similar to other MMO’s in that you basically clear maps by killing enemies, collecting loot and money(Karma) earning you experience to help you level up. AND ultimately unlock more maps. The only difference being you can’t actually enter another map/zone until you reach a certain level and earn enough Karma to unlock it.
Each map/zone has missions. These missions are listed in order and must be completed as so. You will notice that each level has a “rating”, 1) secure, 2)low, 3) high, and 4) over run. These ratings are the threat level or difficultly, 1 being easiest and 4 being the most difficult. If you feel a level is too difficult you can use your karma to lessen the threat. But be warned if you are not willing to spend some money on this game you will want to be stingy with your Karma because you need it to by skills, items, and even to re-spawn.
Just like other MMO’s you can sell your unwanted and useless loot for karma. You can also sell your old/lower level gear. As karma is used to purchase character upgrades, skills, items, energy, unlock new maps, etc and is the in game currency it is vital to aid you on your travels. Even more so if you have decided to go the FREE to play route and not purchase any karma with your hard earned money.
Overall Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is a great game and an awesome addition to the MMO scene. It has a great story and beautiful graphics. The only downside being the amount of farming and level grinding you will have to do to earn enough Karma to both upgrade your character and unlock the other maps. If you don’t mind replaying missions and maps over and over again, or simply want to purchase enough Karma to unlock all the maps then Akaneiro is a must have addition to your gaming library.
Replay Value: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5