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Description

Chakan is a somewhat unorthodox platform game with its mix of relentless difficulty, spell crafting and dark themes. In the game you're controlling Chakan whose been cursed to not die. In order for him to rest in peace, he'll have to go through many levels of hack and slash platforming. The ultimate goal is defeat all the primary realms and achieve inner-peace.

Through your travels you have to defeat bosses in each of the four realms of air, water, fire and earth to proceed and acquire weapons that'll help you on progress in other realms. Chakan can acquire the mallet, scythe, grappling hook and axe along with his standard swords and depending on what weapons is equipped, different abilities are unlocked. Some weapons allows for double jumping for instance, while others can tear down walls.

Furthermore, the player is able to collect potions that can be used in alchemy. By pressing "Start" at any time, one can create various spells that enhance the character like higher jumping, putting fire on your blades or even invisibility. Some levels actually requires you to use specific spells to progress, forcing you to think outside the borders of a normal platform game. On top of all this, there's an imposed time limit on each level.

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Chakan Game Gear Attacked right from the start...
Chakan Genesis Title screen
Chakan Game Gear Earth level
Chakan Game Gear Screen to select weapons and spells

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Alternate Titles

  • "Chakan the Forever Man" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

The Forever Man lives.... Genesis MasterMegid (902)
The immortal game Genesis Cobra Blade (998)

Critic Reviews

Play Time Genesis Apr, 1993 85 out of 100 85
GameFan Magazine Genesis Jan, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis May, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Feb, 1993 30 out of 40 75
Sega-16.com Genesis Mar 26, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine Game Gear Mar, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Gamers (Germany) Game Gear May, 1993 8 out of 15 53
neXGam Game Gear Dec 27, 2009 4.7 out of 10 47
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1993 41 out of 100 41
The Video Game Critic Genesis Nov 15, 2006 D 25

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Trivia

Cancelled sequel

Development on a Dreamcast sequel by AndNow LLC was started in 1998. After a last mention about the game in October 2000, it was eventually cancelled, but never officially. Content from the unfinished game was taken and used in the Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2.

Comic

Chakan was originally from an obscure comic book. The game became so popular that more people recognize the the game than the comic.

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