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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 stone-like (Ubusunagami ouki no kai) is awaits us.
Ikaruga Windows Waves of extra score-gifting enemies, a reward for playing well
Ikaruga Windows The battle with Misago continues
Ikaruga GameCube Uh oh, a wall is blocking the path!

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

Diehard GameFan GameCube Jun 04, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
Worth Playing Xbox 360 May 21, 2008 9.4 out of 10 94 Dreamcast Sep 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Xbox 360 May 28, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90 GameCube Jun 04, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Gaming Target Xbox 360 Apr 11, 2008 8.4 out of 10 84 (UK) Xbox 360 Apr 09, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Xbox 360 Apr 18, 2008 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) GameCube Apr 14, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Deaf Gamers GameCube 2003 6.5 out of 10 65


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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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