DescriptionVertical 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.
- "斑鳩" -- Japanese spelling
- "Project RS2" -- Working Title
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|Zen and the Art of the 2-D Shooter||Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1517)|
|Brilliant, but tough||Jon Collins (28)|
|A dieing genre...||Exeox (36)|
|This is the evolution of the scrolling shooter to perfection.||gametrader (229)|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||Dec 10, 2003||9 out of 10||90|
|64 Power / big.N / N Games||Apr, 2003||90 out of 100||90|
|64 Power / big.N / N Games||Feb, 2003||90 out of 100||90|
|Nintendo Difference||Jun 08, 2003||17 out of 20||85|
|neXGam||2003||8.1 out of 10||81|
|4Players.de||May 23, 2003||80 out of 100||80|
|Game Informer Magazine||May, 2003||8 out of 10||80|
|Games TM||Jan, 2003||8 out of 10||80|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Jun 17, 2003||8 out of 10||80|
|GameCell UK||2003||7 out of 10||70|
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1001 Video GamesIkaruga appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Replays DVDIn 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.
Related Web Sites
- 411MANIA | Ikaruga (Xbox Live Arcade) Review (Game review. (April 2008))
- X360A achievement guide (X360A's achievement guide for Ikaruga.)
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