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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 GameCube Atari logo
Ikaruga Windows Rough Sketch 2
Ikaruga Windows The battle between us and Tageri has come to its acme
Ikaruga Windows Tageri's second form

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

The Next Level Dreamcast Sep 09, 2002 A+ 100
VicioJuegos.com Dreamcast Sep 06, 2006 93 out of 100 93
Good Game Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dreamcast Dec 26, 2003 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 88 out of 100 88
IGN GameCube Apr 09, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
Edge Dreamcast Oct 10, 2002 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy GameCube Apr 06, 2003 79 out of 100 79
GameCell UK GameCube 2003 7 out of 10 70
Shoost Windows Apr 24, 2014 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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