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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.


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There are 72 other screenshots from other versions of this game or official promotional screenshots.

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Alternate Titles

  • "斑鳩" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Project RS2" -- Working title

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User Reviews

A challenging, original arcade shooter. big_brother (7) unrated

Critic Reviews

The Next Level Sep 09, 2002 A+ 100 Sep 06, 2006 93 out of 100 93 Jan 21, 2011 18 out of 20 90
Insert Credit Sep 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 26, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games Feb 06, 2005 90 out of 100 90 Sep 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Netjak Apr 08, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
Edge Oct 10, 2002 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Aug 10, 2008 B 75


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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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Bock (175) added Ikaruga (Dreamcast) on Nov 12, 2002
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