Ikaruga

Critic Score User Score
Arcade
...
5.0
Xbox 360
87
4.1
Windows
...
5.0
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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 Attacking some large craft
Ikaruga Windows Illustration: Horai Tenro
Ikaruga Windows Arcade version poster (2)
Ikaruga GameCube Choose a game mode

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 (1518)
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

Worth Playing Xbox 360 May 21, 2008 9.4 out of 10 94
Original Gamer GameCube Jan 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Insert Credit Dreamcast Sep 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
IGN Xbox 360 Apr 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Apr 13, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxpo.com GameCube 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendo Difference GameCube Jun 08, 2003 17 out of 20 85
GameCola.net GameCube Mar, 2005 7.84 out of 10 78
The Next Level GameCube Jun 12, 2003 B 75
Deaf Gamers GameCube 2003 6.5 out of 10 65

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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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