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Ikaruga

MobyRank MobyScore
Fire OS
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GameCube
84
4.0
Xbox 360
87
4.1
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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 Windows Title screen (Ginkei)
Ikaruga GameCube Title screen
Ikaruga Windows Collecting projectiles of our polarity (and dealing normal damage) or...
Ikaruga Windows ... Choosing the opposite polarity, collecting no points and energy but dealing twofold as much damage

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)

The Press Says

Good Game Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine GameCube May, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Insert Credit Dreamcast Sep 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Netjak GameCube Apr 15, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN GameCube Apr 09, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
Totally Gaming Network Xbox 360 Apr 18, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Edge Dreamcast Oct 10, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) GameCube May 28, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
4Players.de GameCube May 23, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Game Informer Magazine GameCube May, 2003 8 out of 10 80

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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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