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Ikaruga (GameCube)

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Vertical shoot-em-up ported from the Naomi Arcade version. Ikaruga is more or less a sequel to Radiant Silvergun by Treasure, on the Sega Saturn.

Based on a two-colors system, the player has to switch between the black & white sides of his ship during gameplay. The black side is immune to black enemy bullets which it consider as bonus, and dies on impact with a white enemy bullets. Your own black bullets damages white enemies twice as more as white bullets. And vice-versa for the white side. Those properties makes a balance between protecting yourself well and killing enemies fast.

This aspect, combined with specific enemy patterns and a combo system makes Ikaruga an original shoot-em-up with a dose of strategy.


Ikaruga GameCube End of level boss exploding
Ikaruga GameCube A large end of level boss
Ikaruga GameCube Choose a game mode
Ikaruga GameCube Attacking some large craft

Alternate Titles

  • "Project RS2" -- Working Title

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User Reviews

Zen and the Art of the 2-D Shooter Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Brilliant, but tough Jon Collins (28) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A dieing genre... Exeox (36) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
This is the evolution of the scrolling shooter to perfection. gametrader (229) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

The Press Says

GameZone Jul 09, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Original Gamer Jan 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Game Freaks 365 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendo Difference Jun 08, 2003 17 out of 20 85 May 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85 Jun 17, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) Apr 14, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Game Informer Magazine May, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Apr 06, 2003 79 out of 100 79


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In Japan the Ikaruga Appreciate DVD was released in 2003. It contains replays of full games played by three of the world top Ikaruga players of the time completing levels with unbroken chain combos. Scores are 32,178,600 in easy mode, 35,759,960 in normal mode, and 34,289,970 in hard mode.

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Kartanym (10785) added Ikaruga (GameCube) on Apr 16, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Bock (156), Kabushi (116517) and The cranky hermit (474)