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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 Title screen (Ginkei)
Ikaruga Windows About Ikaruga
Ikaruga GameCube Whoa, a large enemy!
Ikaruga Windows The global leaderboard (top 10 positions for Normal mode). Any replay is downloadable

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 (1519)
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

GameZone GameCube Jul 09, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Apr 09, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Jan 21, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Good Game Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Kombo.com GameCube Nov 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
IGN Xbox 360 Apr 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers GameCube Sep 10, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
Netjak GameCube Apr 15, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxpo.com GameCube 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Apr 15, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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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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