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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 Windows About Ginkei
Ikaruga Windows Rough Sketch 2
Ikaruga Windows Collecting projectiles of our polarity (and dealing normal damage) or...
Ikaruga Windows Eboshidori

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

GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Dreamcast Apr 22, 2003 10 out of 10 100
SegaFan.com Dreamcast Dec 13, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
Digital Entertainment News (den) GameCube Sep 13, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Kombo.com GameCube Nov 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Co-Optimus Xbox 360 Apr 14, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
MaXoE Games GameCube 2003 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers GameCube Sep 10, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Xbox 360 Apr 14, 2008 87 out of 100 87
Edge Dreamcast Oct 10, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Lawrence GameCube May 16, 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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