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 First level introductory animation
Ikaruga GameCube Uh oh, a wall is blocking the path!
Ikaruga GameCube Atari logo
Ikaruga GameCube I'm being circled by enemy planes

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

Digital Entertainment News (den) Sep 13, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
MaXoE Games 2003 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers Sep 10, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Freaks 365 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamesmania.de Jun 04, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 28, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) Apr 14, 2003 4 out of 5 80
GameCola.net Mar, 2005 7.84 out of 10 78
The Next Level Jun 12, 2003 B 75


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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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