First Impression: Akane the Kunoichi

Akane no Kunoichi
XBOX LIVE Indie - 80pts

Akane no Kunoichi is a platform game featuring the titular Akane fighting enemies and traversing the usual platform puzzles and traps while trying to request her master (and secret crush). It's quite nicely realized for an indie title, with simple, clean graphics and fairly tight controls. Attacks are performed by way of throwing knives at your opponents, some of whom have projectile weapons of their own.

One very nice feature is the in-built Trophy system, which functions much the same as Battle Trophies in Star Ocean or, indeed, Trophies/Achievements on full retail games. This addition provides plenty of replay value for each level, setting different goals for which to aim rather than simple completing the stage.