Haruneko

2017-02-22 - Coming (not-so) soon: City of Robots!

During the last year I've been working very hard on Haruneko's next project, called City of Robots! For more info, check the MORE button below :)
Glad you clicked the MORE button :)

First: City of Robots is stated for release by 2016-Q4 / 2017-Q1, so it's still in a galaxy far far away!

Second: I've already got something playable, but the graphic is not polished enough, so I prefer to wait some more weeks before showing anything.

Third: some info of what it's going to be. It's a arcade shooter, mixed with a dungeon crawler, mixed with an RPG, with a slice of turn-based combat - I know it sounds like a mess, but it will make sense when you'll try it :)
This time it's not 2d based, instead everything uses 3d polys, with some things made with 3d voxel. But don't worry, Haruneko's style is definitely there.
There's a story, an RPG-lite one, that will tell you the incredible adventures of a group of women that saved the earth during the 70s (before you ask, no, it's NOT based on a true story :)

More details will arise during the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!


2016-01-29 - Amazing Princess Sarah is now available on Xbox One!

Today Sarah is available on the Xbox One. You can check it here
Today Sarah is available on the Xbox One. You can check it here. Really curious about how well (or not :( she'll perform!


2016-01-05 - Amazing Princess Sarah will be on Xbox One on 29th January!

We finally have a release date: Amazing Princess Sarah, will be available on Xbox One on 29th January - a big step forward for Haruneko Entertainment, which still "could-not-be-more-indie-than-this".
We finally have a release date: Amazing Princess Sarah, will be available on Xbox One on 29th January - a big step forward for Haruneko Entertainment, which still "could-not-be-more-indie-than-this".
Thanks a lot to everyone who waited patiently for the Xbox One conversion - and to everyone who wanted to see something new from Haruneko: a new product is now in preproduction, and, as usual, will have a very long development time. But, as usual, won't be ready until I'm happy with that - and that's the good part of not making a living out of Haruneko


2015-06-17 - Amazing Princess Sarah will soon available on Xbox One via ID@Xbox

Our action platform game, Amazing Princess Sarah, will be available on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program during 2015.
Our action platform game, Amazing Princess Sarah, will be available on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program during 2015.
This is a little dream-come-true, Microsoft selected Amazing Princess Sarah to be part of the ID@Xbox!!
That's the reason why no site updates during the last six months, sorry about that!


2014-12-09 - Amazing Princess Sarah, now also available on Windows Phone

If you have a Windows Phone device (both 7 or 8, doesn't matter), now you can enjoy a pocket version of Amazing Princess Sarah. Get it now from the official Windows Phone appstore.
And make your friends envy you - no Android or iPhone versions will be released, the only smartphone version available will be for Windows Phone!
If you have a Windows Phone device (both 7 or 8, doesn't matter), now you can enjoy a pocket version of Amazing Princess Sarah. Get it now from the official Windows Phone appstore.
No Android or iPhone versions will be released, the only smartphone version available will be for Windows Phone - yes, this is not a joke.


2014-08-18 - Amazing Princess Sarah is now available on Steam

Amazing Princess Sarah is now finally available on Steam. Now, for a few days only, with a special launch discount!
Tell your friends and help us continue making games!
Amazing Princess Sarah is now finally available on Steam. Now, for a few days only, with a special launch discount!
Tell your friends and help us continue making games!


2014-07-11 - Amazing Princess Sarah has been greenlit on Steam

Thnx to everybody: after 10 days only, Amazing Princess Sarah is greelit on Steam
Thnx to everybody: after 10 days only, Amazing Princess Sarah is greelit on Steam
That's really "amazing": expect a PC version by the end of the month


2014-07-10 - Amazing Princess Sarah is now available on Xbox Live Indie Games

Amazing Princess Sarah is finally released on Xbox Live Indie Games, with a special launch price of only 1$. Tell your friends!
Amazing Princess Sarah is finally released on Xbox Live Indie Games, with a special launch price of only 1$. Tell your friends and spread the word!

A little bit more of "hidden" infos, for the fans who clicked the "[MORE...]" button on the news: thank you to everybody for the amazing support on Steam Greenlight: in 9 days we've received an outstanding amount of votes - nearly 28k people have seen the page on Greenlight, and we've got 5.7k YES votes. All this things means that now Amazing Princess Sarah is ranked the 69th position, out of a total of 1759 Greenlight games waiting for the greenlit. Probably Steam will release another batch of 75 products during the next few days, let's hope that includes Sarah too - keep your fingers crossed!


2014-07-01 - Amazing Princess Sarah is now on Steam Greenlight!!!

Amazing Princess Sarah is finally ready! If you want to get it on your PC, please vote for her on Steam Greenlight!
After two years of hard work, Amazing Princess Sarah is finally ready! If you want to get it on your PC, please vote for her on Steam Greenlight! Expect soon an Xbox 360 version - it will be available on Xbox Live Indie Games.


2014-06-28 - Akane the Kunoichi is now available on Desura

Akane the Kunochi for PC is now also available on Desura!
Akane the Kunochi for PC is now also available on Desura!
An hidden news "no-one-will-read": almost everything is ready for Amazing Princess Sarah debut - the only thing still left is the trailer!


2014-05-04 - Akane the Kunoichi is now available on Steam!!!

Akane the Kunochi is now available on Steam! For a few days only, it will be discounted by 20%, so get it now!
Akane the Kunochi is now available on Steam! For a few days only, it will be discounted by 20%, so get it now!
About Amazing Princess Sarah: 2014Q3 still confirmed :)


2014-04-04 - Akane the Kunoichi is finally greenlit on Steam!!!

Akane the Kunochi is finally greenlit, so it'll will soon be available for download on Steam. As promised, it will be available on Windows, Mac (Osx), and Linux!
Akane the Kunochi is finally greenlit, so it'll will soon be available for download on Steam. As promised, it will be available on Windows, Mac (Osx), and Linux!
It will take some weeks - and this means that the upcoming Amazing Princess Sarah will be delayed... however, we're getting closer to complete Sarah it, so, regardless of Akane on Steam, expect the new game on 2014Q3 :)


2012-09-01 - Akane the Kunoichi is looking forward for a Steam publish

Akane the Kunoichi has just been submitted to Steam Greenlight: it's a way for indie games to be published on the well-known PC and Mac download platform knew as Steam. If you like Akane the Kunoichi and you would love to play it on your PC or Mac (or you just like to help us producing more games), please vote for it here.
PS: about the "annoying jump sound" in the trailer: this sound has been greatly reduced inside the game (ANY version), the trailer however has not been retouched to reflect this (I know, it's a little misleading...)
Akane the Kunoichi has just been submitted to Steam Greenlight: it's a way for indie games to be published on the well-known PC and Mac download platform knew as Steam. If you like Akane the Kunoichi and you would love to play it on your PC or Mac (or you just like to help us producing more games), please vote for it here.
PS: about the "annoying jump sound" in the trailer: this sound has been greatly reduced inside the game (ANY version), the trailer however has not been retouched to reflect this (I know, it's a little misleading...)


2012-09-01 - Haruneko is now on Facebook

Haruneko now has its official Facebook page. If you like Haruneko, go there and show us!
Haruneko now has its official Facebook page - we'll post there the latest news and infos about your favourite game developer cat :) If you like Haruneko, go there and show us!


2012-08-21 - Akane the Kunoichi is finalist at Dream Build Play 2012!

Finally! The Windows Phone 7 version of Akane the Kunoichi is one of the 20 finalists for the 2012 edition of Microsoft's Dream Build Play competition! Check it out here!
Finally! The Windows Phone 7 version of Akane the Kunoichi is one of the 20 finalists for the 2012 edition of Microsoft's Dream Build Play competition! Check it out here!


2012-07-14 - Akane the Kunoichi for iOS is now updated to v1.1

You wanted, you got it - redefinable controls! Akane the Kunoichi on your iPhone and iPad is now updated to version 1.1, featuring fully redefinable controls. Feel free to shrink/expand them, or drag them wherever you want.
You wanted, you got it - redefinable controls! Akane the Kunoichi on your iPhone and iPad is now updated to version 1.1, featuring fully redefinable controls. Feel free to shrink/expand them, or drag them wherever you want.


2012-06-29 - Akane the Kunoichi Lite is now on the Appstore!

Now you have now more excuses not to try Akane the Kunoichi on your iPhone and iPad - the Lite version is now available on the App Store!
Check it here!
Now you have now more excuses not to try Akane the Kunoichi on your iPhone and iPad - the Lite version is now available on the App Store!
Check it here!


2012-06-16 - Truth revealed - who's behind Haruneko?

Haruneko started as a collective effort - that was especially true back in time, during the Ace Gals Tennis days. However, time passed, and probably now I can say that Haruneko is, almost, a one-man-army. An army however that brought to you the indie hit Akane the Kunoichi - not a bad army indeed :)
The man behind the game is...
Haruneko started as a collective effort - that was especially true back in time, during the Ace Gals Tennis days. However, time passed, and probably now I can say that Haruneko is, almost, a one-man-army. An army however that brought to you the indie hit Akane the Kunoichi - not a bad army indeed :)

The man behind the game is Giovanni Simotti: programmer, game designer and graphician, pro since 2003, pioneer of the mobile game development. Lots of product developed in the past, both good (like Sidegolf, Kyotokei), and bad (like Enjoy your Massage), on consoles and mobile devices.
Haruneko comes out from the desire of doing game development "for quality", without being limited by things like budget or whatever, even if that's means doing it as a night job.

Doing so I can say "The release date? It's ready when it's done" even if I'm not Blizzard - and that's the way the 600-hour-of-hard-work Akane the Kunoichi has been put together.

Everything (graphic, programming and game design - except the soundtrack) is the result of my efforts: hope you'll like it, and please, keep supporting Haruneko! :)


2012-06-14 - Akane the Kunoichi now available on iPhone and iPad!

Our indie-hit Akane the Kunoichi is now also avalable on iPhone and iPad, featuring all the console action + iCade support!
Check it here!
Our indie-hit Akane the Kunoichi is now also avalable on iPhone and iPad, featuring all the console action. If you don't like putting your hands on the screen, no-problem: iCade support included, for a real full arcade experience!
Check it here!


2012-03-26 - Akane the Kunoichi now available on Windows Phone 7 devices!

Our indie-hit Akane the Kunoichi is now finally avalable on Windows Phone 7
Check it here!
Our indie-hit Akane the Kunoichi is now finally avalable on Windows Phone 7 - a pretty faithful port, a little less hardcore than the original, but playing Akane on a 4" screen is quite amazing :)
Check it here!


2012-02-25 - Long time no see!

We're working on a new product, called Amazing Princess Sarah - it will be an interesting (I hope :) mix between super mario, bubble bobble and castlevania! The design is done, basic programming is done, interface is almost done, cover is done, now it's more a "level design - monster design - boss design" matter.
Here's the wallpaper taken from the cover:

wallpaper
We're working on a new product, called Amazing Princess Sarah - it will be an interesting (I hope :) mix between super mario, bubble bobble and castlevania! The design is done, basic programming is done, interface is almost done, cover is done, now it's more a "level design - monster design - boss design" matter.
We're getting a little late with it because we're working on the Windows Phone 7 and the iPhone/iPad version of Akane the Kunoichi, but we'll resume it as soon as these portings will be done.


2011-11-16 - Overall review scores for Akane the Kunoichi

Really thank you to anyone who has played and reviewed Akane the Kunoichi - I love you all!

10 - www.digitallydownloaded.com

8.5 - www.ztgd.com

8.5 - exhardcoregamer.com

8.5 - www.gamingtruth.com

8.0 - www.honestgamers.com

8.0 - theplayvault.com

8.0 - sfx-360.com


May the ninja power be with you!


2011-06-07 - Akane the Kunoichi critically acclaimed!

Great reviews for our latest platform game!!!

"a really cool game" www.armlessoctopus.com

"great, challenging level design" www.diehardgamefan.com

"Akane defines what a downloadable title should strive to be: loaded with content, affordable, and genuinely fun." www.digitallydownloaded.net
Great reviews for our latest platform game!!!

"a really cool game" www.armlessoctopus.com

"great, challenging level design" www.diehardgamefan.com

"Akane defines what a downloadable title should strive to be: loaded with content, affordable, and genuinely fun." www.digitallydownloaded.net

If you run a videogame website and want to review Akane the Kunoichi (or Ace Gals Tennis), please contact us, I'll send you a free download token and a press kit with exclusive marketing assets.
Thank you!


2011-05-28 - Akane the Kunoichi is now available

Get the xbox demo now at the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace: Akane the Kunoichi!!!!
And don't forget to download the free PC wallpaper as well!

wallpaper

After a year hard work, we are proud to present Akane the Kunoichi, our new platform game. It will be available very soon for you Xbox360 for the usual super-cheap price of 80 points (about 1 dollar). As always, it will be possible to try the game for 8 minute demo before putting your money to good use. See you soon on the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace!!!


2011-05-26 - Akane the Kunoichi is coming

Take a look at the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace for an amazing platform game to come: Akane the Kunoichi!!!!

After a year hard work, we are proud to present Akane the Kunoichi, our new platform game. It will be available very soon for you Xbox360 for the usual super-cheap price of 80 points (about 1 dollar). As always, it will be possible to try the game for 8 minute demo before putting your money to good use. See you soon on the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace!!!


2010-04-26 - Ace Gals Tennis is released!



After months of hard work, Haruneko is finally published on the Xbox Live Indie Games service, reachble from your Xbox360. The price is a mere 80 points (about 1 dollar), and you can get an 8 minute demo before buying it or not. So hurry up, download Ace Gals Tennis and try it now!


2010-02-28 - Now play with your avatar!

Play with your xbox's avatar inside Ace Gals Tennis!
In order to submit the game to the Dream Build Play competition, I've made an adjustment to the gameplay of Ace Gals Tennis!: now if you are logged with an Xbox Live account that have an avatar associated to it, you'll play the game with your own avatar! You'll still have to choose a gal however: she'll be your trainer companion, and will directly influence your stats throughout the game.


2010-02-21 - New Goodies online!

A new (slightly sexy :) wallaper is in the Goodies section, check it out!

wallpaper


A new wallaper featuring Sarah, Paula and Ryoko is in the Goodies section, check it out! Some were complaining about their skirts / trousers being too sexy, well, anyway, who cares... :)


2010-02-10 - There are Goodies for you!

Check the Goodies section, beautiful wallpapers for you!
Double check the Goodies section, here you'll find a few Ace Gals Tennis wallpapers and more! If you have a website, feel free to put them on your site (but don't modify them!).


2010-02-02 - Haruneko.com is online

Haruneko.com is finally online, take a look!
Haruneko.com is finally online, take a look at the various section: inside the Games section you'll find more about the upcoming game Ace Gals Tennis - take a look also at the Goodies section, a few wallpapers are waiting for your desktop (or your website :)