Vertical shoot-em-up ported from the Naomi Arcade version. Ikaruga is more or less a sequel to Radiant Silvergun
, 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.
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In Japan a DVD was released showing some of the world's top Ikaruga players completing levels with unbroken chain combos and defeating the bosses in record times. It is astonishing to watch!