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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 Releasing fully charged homing missiles
Ikaruga Windows Rough sketch: The Elders
Ikaruga GameCube Those enemies are equipped with some large lasers!
Ikaruga GameCube Whoa, a large enemy!

Promo Images

Ikaruga Screenshot
Ikaruga Screenshot
Ikaruga Screenshot
Ikaruga Screenshot

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

Diehard GameFan GameCube Jun 04, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Nintendo Life GameCube Apr 02, 2009 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Co-Optimus Xbox 360 Apr 14, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
Defunct Games Dreamcast Feb 06, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Difference GameCube Jun 08, 2003 17 out of 20 85
XBox Front Xbox 360 Apr 09, 2008 83 out of 100 83
GameSpy GameCube Apr 06, 2003 79 out of 100 79
The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Aug 10, 2008 B 75
Shoost Windows Apr 24, 2014 7 out of 10 70
GameCell UK GameCube 2003 7 out of 10 70


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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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