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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 Listening to one of the tracks (all are comprised in the Appendix)
Ikaruga GameCube Enemies attack from all sides
Ikaruga Windows Computer Graphics: Misago
Ikaruga Windows Settings for new Double Play mode, where a single player manages both ships

Promo Images

Ikaruga Screenshot
Ikaruga Screenshot
Ikaruga Screenshot
Ikaruga Screenshot

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 (1691)
Brilliant, but tough GameCube Jon Collins (28)
A dieing genre... GameCube Exeox (45)
This is the evolution of the scrolling shooter to perfection. GameCube gametrader (233)
A challenging, original arcade shooter. Dreamcast big_brother (7)

Critic Reviews

GamesAreFun.com (GAF) Dreamcast Apr 22, 2003 10 out of 10 100
GameZone GameCube Jul 09, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine GameCube May, 2003 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 88 out of 100 88
Gamesmania.de GameCube Jun 04, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Game Freaks 365 GameCube 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendo Difference GameCube Jun 08, 2003 17 out of 20 85
neXGam GameCube 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
Lawrence GameCube May 16, 2003 B 75
411mania.com Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 Unscored Unscored

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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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