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In Akuji: The Heartless the player takes the role of Akuji, a voodoo-priest. The title of the game is meant to be taken literally as Akuji's wedding day brought a problem with it: his brother kills him and rips out his heart. Now Akuji has to travel through the underworld to get back to the living and take his revenge.

This game is a typical third-person action-adventure similar to Tomb Raider: the player jumps and fights through the stages. Over the course of their adventure they learn new skills which are used to kill enemies and solve puzzles; sometimes by revisiting old levels and using these new skills to reach previously unavailable areas. The player can increase his health bar by collecting voodoo dolls which are lying around in the levels. The camera is set in the over-the-shoulder perspective but can be adjusted manually. The levels in the game are mostly horror-themed.

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Akuji: The Heartless PlayStation Demon enemy
Akuji: The Heartless PlayStation Hot candle wax being poured over Akuji's heart.
Akuji: The Heartless PlayStation A switch
Akuji: The Heartless PlayStation Climbing the grate.

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Playstation Illustrated PlayStation 1999 92 out of 100 92
Video Games PlayStation Jan, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun PlayStation Feb, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Freak PlayStation Feb, 1999 84 out of 100 84
IGN PlayStation Jan 20, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Bravo Screenfun PlayStation Mar, 1999 2 out of 6 80
GameGenie PlayStation 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov 24, 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
Game Revolution PlayStation Mar, 1999 B- 67
Electric Playground PlayStation 1999 5 out of 10 50

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