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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.


Akuji: The Heartless PlayStation Cutting a worm in half.
Akuji: The Heartless PlayStation Skeleton enemy
Akuji: The Heartless PlayStation Game start
Akuji: The Heartless PlayStation Huge explosion

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Video Games Jan, 1999 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun Feb, 1999 84 out of 100 84
Absolute Playstation Mar, 1999 81 out of 100 81
Bravo Screenfun Mar, 1999 2 out of 6 80
GameGenie 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Unlimited Apr, 1999 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Revolution Mar, 1999 B- 67
GameSpot Jan 25, 1999 6.2 out of 10 62
Electric Playground 1999 5 out of 10 50
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 15, 2001 3 out of 10 30


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Jason Walker (1776) added Akuji: The Heartless (PlayStation) on Apr 21, 2001