Akira (アキラ) is a platforming game released in 1994 for the Amiga and Amiga CD32 by ICE Software. It is based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s movie of same name, itself based on a manga of the same name, also by Otomo.

Why it Sucks

  1. Bland graphics.
  2. You can't have music and SFX at the same time.
  3. The game is so impossibly difficult that review magazines at the time had to use passwords in order to see the later levels
  4. The first stage is a side-scrolling racing segment similar to the third stage of Battletoads, which requires perfect memorization with zero margin for error.
  5. Enemies take a lot of punishment while your characters die in two or three hits.
  6. Collision detection is so bad that when platforming you'll often fall through the edges of platforms.
  7. In level 3 you're forced to find keycards to progress, but you can't backtrack to collect missing ones, basically leaving you stuck until you die.
  8. The fourth stage is impossible to beat, due to a platform which is placed beyond the reach of your jump.


Apparently, the developers of the game, ICE Software, had worse working conditions than Konami.