Akuji the Heartless

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Akuji the Heartless
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Developer(s) Crystal Dynamics
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Director(s) Glen Schofield
Producer(s) Sam Player
Designer(s) Josh Rose
Programmer(s) David Minogue
Writer(s) Jim Curry
Eric Lindstrom
Platform(s) PlayStation
  • NA: December 31, 1998
  • EU: February 1999
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Akuji the Heartless is an action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Eidos Interactive. It was released for the PlayStation on December 31, 1998, in North America and February 1999 in Europe. The game received mixed reviews from critics upon its release.


The game centres on the voodoo priest and warrior Akuji (voiced by Richard Roundtree), who had his heart ripped out on his wedding day, and through the use of voodoo magic is now cursed to wander the Underworld.

However, Kesho (voiced by Jamesetta Bunn), his would-be bride, finds him in hell and speaks to him in soul form: she informs him that it was Orad, Akuji's own brother, who orchestrated his murder.

She begs Akuji to escape and stop him, as their families are preparing for war, and Orad is preparing to sacrifice her to the gods.

Upon traveling through the first level of the Underworld and consulting loa Baron Samedi (voiced by Petri Hawkins-Byrd) Akuji discovers he has a chance for redemption: if he traverses hell and collects the souls of his ancestors, which the Baron despises for their evil, then he will grant Akuji safe passage out of the underworld.

On his way through, he must also defeat the wardens of each of the spirit gates, which will enable him to advance on his quest for the souls.


Aggregate score
Review scores
AllGame3/5 stars[2]
Game Informer6.75/10[5]
GamePro3.5/5 stars[6]
Game RevolutionB−[7]
OPM (US)3/5 stars[10]
PSM4/5 stars[11]

The game received mixed reviews according to the review aggregation website GameRankings.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Akuji the Heartless for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  2. ^ Romero, Joshua. "Akuji the Heartless – Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  3. ^ Fulljames, Stephen (1999). "PlayStation Review: Akuji the Heartless". Computer and Video Games. Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  4. ^ Edge staff (February 1999). "Akuji the Heartless". Edge (68).
  5. ^ "Akuji The Heartless – PlayStation". Game Informer (71). March 1999. Archived from the original on 2001-01-16. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  6. ^ Air Hendrix (1999). "Akuji The Heartless Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  7. ^ Mark (March 1999). "Akuji the Heartless Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  8. ^ Garrett, Steven (1999-01-25). "Akuji the Heartless Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  9. ^ Nelson, Randy (1999-01-20). "Akuji The Heartless". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-15.
  10. ^ "Akuji the Heartless". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. 1999.
  11. ^ "Review: Akuji the Heartless". PSM. 1999.

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