Description official descriptions
Vertical shoot-em-up ported from the Naomi Arcade version. Ikaruga is more or less a sequel to Radiant Silvergun 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 considers as a bonus and dies on impact with white enemy bullets. Your own black bullets damage white enemies twice as much as white bullets. And vice-versa for the white side. Those properties make 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.
- 斑鳩 - Japanese spelling
Credits (Arcade version)
13 People (11 developers, 2 thanks)
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|BG Graphic Design|
|Sound Effect / GM Data Edit|
|BG Graphic Design|
|PC Edition Prototype / Tutorial Game Program|
|Special Thanks (SEGA)|
1001 Video Games
Ikaruga appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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.
Related Sites +
X360A achievement guide
X360A's achievement guide for Ikaruga.
- MobyGames ID: 7738
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Contributors to this Entry
Game added by Bock.
PlayStation 4 added by Rik Hideto. GameCube added by Kartanym. Nintendo Switch added by A.J. Maciejewski. Fire OS added by Sciere. Android, Windows, Xbox 360 added by Kabushi. Arcade added by The cranky hermit. Xbox One added by MAT.
Additional contributors: Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe, Caelestis, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third, Rik Hideto, is_that_rain_or_tears, FatherJack.
Game added November 12th, 2002. Last modified April 30th, 2023.