DeathStick becomes Akatori

Stop the ancient God awakening ritual and save the magical world of Akatori, an upcoming action-platformer with a unique world-switching mechanic.

December 8, 2020 | Developer TeamNora Games and publisher HypeTrain Digital announce the change of their game’s title DeathStick coming to Steam and Nintendo Switch in Q3 2022 — it is now called Akatori.

A new title consists of two Japanese words: 赤い “Akai” – red and 鳥 “Tori” – bird. It refers to a red canary the main character meets at the game’s start, which transforms into a staff and becomes her weapon after that.

Akatori red canary gif

Akatori is a beautiful 2D pixel art metroidvania/slasher platformer, where you follow a young girl Mako that starts an enthralling journey to save her world from destruction.

The ancient God has been dormant for many ages. All this time, two dimensions of the magical world of Aarkalia co-existed in balance. But one day, everything will change – the endless power of ancient God will be brought upon the Aarkalia to turn it into ashes.

Only the young girl Mako can stop the dark ritual from happening. Embark on this fascinating adventure, uncover its mysteries and help Mako discover her true destiny!

Akatori has a unique world-switching mechanic: a World Warp ability turns the special in-game areas 180 degrees, transfers the protagonist into another dimension and unlocks new locations.

Akatori world switching mechanic gif

Key Features:


  • Fight like an assassin! Slasher fighting mechanics with combos.

  • Don’t get lost! Explore the world of Aarkalia in two different dimensions.

  • Defend against evil forces! Challenge dozens of unique enemies and furious bosses through your adventure.

  • Become a master! Evolve and change your playstyle by obtaining a wide range of unique abilities and special attacks.

  • Look into it! Charming pixel-art aesthetics combined with smooth animations.

  • Find your path! Solve the mystery of the Great Mirror through multiple endings.


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About HypeTrain Digital

HypeTrain Digital is the indie game publisher for PC and consoles. Their mission is to help young developers deliver their games to worldwide audiences, regardless of genre or platform. Working with a diverse team of industry professionals, they’ve led numerous games to success across the world, including Stoneshard, The Wild Eight, and Police Stories.

About TeamNora Games

One-man studio TeamNora Games was founded in 2018. The founder, Alexey Tronov got inspired by the old school console games and action anime movies and wanted to become a game developer himself. Since 2020, Alexey has been working on his debut project, Akatori. He also collaborates with Fat Bard, a duo of experienced composers to write the game’s soundtrack.