The overall objective of Akuma is to kill Satan and rid the world of demons. To do this the player must locate the Blood Sword, the only weapon that can defeat Satan. The game begins in the upper world, or real world. In single-player mode, the user controls three warriors collectively known as The Blood Trinity. The three heroes are Kusa, a Japanese magician and swordsman; Raening, a Chinese princess trained in martial arts and archery; and Elim, a Korean nobleman and master swordsman. Each warrior can be controlled independently or as part of the group. In multiplayer mode, each player controls a single warrior.