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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 Uh oh, a wall is blocking the path!
Ikaruga GameCube Hmm, I'm surrounded...
Ikaruga GameCube End of level summary
Ikaruga GameCube Attacking some large craft

Alternate Titles

  • "斑鳩" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Project RS2" -- Working Title

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User Reviews

Zen and the Art of the 2-D Shooter Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1517) 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

Critic Reviews

Diehard GameFan Jun 04, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
Digital Entertainment News (den) Sep 13, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Nintendo Life Apr 02, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Kombo.com Nov 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Apr 14, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
Netjak Apr 15, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com May 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jun 17, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Games TM Jan, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net Mar, 2005 7.84 out of 10 78


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1001 Video Games

Ikaruga appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Replays DVD

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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