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Ikari Warriors

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Originating in the arcades, Ikari Warriors is a vertically scrolling action game. One or two players fight their way through a variety of terrain, such as jungles, rivers, and ruins. Along the way different weapons can be found, including machine guns, grenades, and rocket launchers.


Ikari Warriors NES Fuel
Ikari Warriors Arcade Rock obstacles
Ikari Warriors NES Gate
Ikari Warriors Amstrad CPC Loading screen

Alternate Titles

  • "怒" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ikari" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

The thinking man's, one man against against a whole army game. Commodore 64 Hello X) (10990)
The revolution will occur in slow motion! NES PCGamer77 (3028)
Solid conversion, retains the feel of the arcafe version, but easier. PC Booter Anthony Bull (26)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 May, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC Jan, 1987 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine NES Dec, 2001 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 16, 2004 B 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 May, 1988 7 out of 10 70
ST Action Atari ST Jun, 1988 56 out of 100 56
Thunderbolt Games NES Jul 29, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Video Game Den NES Jul 18, 2010 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Ikari Warriors appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

BPjS/BPjM index

On June 30, 1988, Ikari Warriors was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.


The Ikari Warriors (Ralf & Clark) would later appear as playable characters in SNK's The King of Fighters game series with brand new looks and moves. Interestingly enough, on the first KOF (where teams are country-based), the Ikari Warriors represent Brazil.

C64 version differences

There are two completely different C64 conversions of the game. The US version was done by Quicksilver. The European version was done by Elite. The European version has better graphics, sound, and gameplay. It also uses the upper and lower screenborder and doesn't use the whole horizontal resolution to imitate the vertical look of the arcade.

ZX Spectrum version

Wondering why the Spectrum version was released so late, especially considering that the ST and Amiga versions were released first? So are many Spectrum enthusiasts. Famed programmer David Perry worked on a version that was due for release in late 1986 - no one knows for sure why this version was scrapped, and a different version not released for another 18 months.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith , nudgegoonies, and Xoleras
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