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Ikaruga

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
90
3.9
Arcade
...
...
GameCube
83
4.0
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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 End of level boss exploding
Ikaruga GameCube Yikes, I'm under attack!
Ikaruga GameCube Title screen

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

Defunct Games Dreamcast Feb 06, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Good Game Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 9 out of 10 90
MaXoE Games GameCube 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot GameCube Apr 14, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
Jeuxvideo.com GameCube May 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85
Nintendo Difference GameCube Jun 08, 2003 17 out of 20 85
Gaming Target Xbox 360 Apr 11, 2008 8.4 out of 10 84
Netjak Dreamcast Apr 08, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) GameCube May 28, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameCell UK GameCube 2003 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

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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