Ikaruga

Critic Score User Score
Arcade
...
5.0
Dreamcast
90
4.0
Android
...
1.3
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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 Windows The huge explosion
Ikaruga Windows Tageri's second form
Ikaruga GameCube First level introductory animation

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

VicioJuegos.com Dreamcast Sep 06, 2006 93 out of 100 93
DarkZero Xbox 360 Apr 16, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine GameCube May, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com GameCube May 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85
Play.tm GameCube Jun 17, 2003 82 out of 100 82
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Apr 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) GameCube Apr 14, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) GameCube Jun 17, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameCola.net GameCube Mar, 2005 7.84 out of 10 78
Shoost Windows Apr 24, 2014 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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