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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 The global leaderboard (top 10 positions for Normal mode). Any replay is downloadable
Ikaruga Windows Waves of extra score-gifting enemies, a reward for playing well
Ikaruga Windows Listening to one of the tracks (all are comprised in the Appendix)
Ikaruga Windows Settings for new Double Play mode, where a single player manages both ships

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

SegaFan.com Dreamcast Dec 13, 2002 9.5 out of 10 95
SEGA-Portal.de Dreamcast Sep 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Apr 09, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games GameCube Dec 10, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers GameCube Sep 10, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot GameCube Apr 14, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
Gaming Target Xbox 360 Apr 11, 2008 8.4 out of 10 84
Eurogamer.net (UK) GameCube Jun 17, 2003 8 out of 10 80
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Apr 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
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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