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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 Windows The most wondrous enemy in shoot 'em up history
Ikaruga Windows About Ginkei
Ikaruga Windows Title screen (Ikaruga)
Ikaruga Windows Waves of extra score-gifting enemies, a reward for playing well

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 GameCube Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1517)
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)

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central Xbox 360 Apr, 2008 4.6 out of 5 92
Digital Entertainment News (den) GameCube Sep 13, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Co-Optimus Xbox 360 Apr 14, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
64 Power / big.N / N Games GameCube Apr, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Original Gamer GameCube Jan 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games Dreamcast Feb 06, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Gamesmania.de GameCube Jun 04, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Jeuxvideo.com GameCube May 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) GameCube Jun 17, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) GameCube May 28, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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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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