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Ikaruga

MobyRank MobyScore
Android
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2.0
Xbox 360
87
4.1
Windows
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Ikaruga GameCube The main menu
Ikaruga GameCube Yikes, I'm under attack!
Ikaruga GameCube Atari logo
Ikaruga GameCube End of level boss exploding

Alternate Titles

  • "Project RS2" -- Working Title

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User Reviews

Zen and the Art of the 2-D Shooter GameCube Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519)
Brilliant, but tough GameCube Jon Collins (28)
A dieing genre... GameCube Exeox (36)
This is the evolution of the scrolling shooter to perfection. GameCube gametrader (229)
A challenging, original arcade shooter. Dreamcast big_brother (7)

The Press Says

The Next Level Dreamcast Sep 09, 2002 A+ 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games GameCube Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
DarkZero Xbox 360 Apr 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online Xbox 360 May 05, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Netjak GameCube Apr 15, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GamePro (US) GameCube Apr 14, 2003 4 out of 5 80
GameSpy GameCube Apr 06, 2003 79 out of 100 79
GameCola.net GameCube Mar, 2005 7.84 out of 10 78
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Aug 10, 2008 B 75
Deaf Gamers GameCube 2003 6.5 out of 10 65

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Trivia

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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