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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 GameCube The main menu
Ikaruga GameCube Choose a game mode
Ikaruga GameCube First level introductory animation
Ikaruga GameCube Game over

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 Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1691) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Brilliant, but tough Jon Collins (28) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
A dieing genre... Exeox (45) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
This is the evolution of the scrolling shooter to perfection. gametrader (233) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

64 Power / big.N / N Games Feb, 2003 90 out of 100 90
MaXoE Games 2003 9 out of 10 90 2004 8.5 out of 10 85 Jun 04, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Nintendo Difference Jun 08, 2003 17 out of 20 85 Jun 17, 2003 82 out of 100 82
neXGam 2003 8.1 out of 10 81
Games TM Jan, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Apr 06, 2003 79 out of 100 79
Deaf Gamers 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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Kartanym (12779) added Ikaruga (GameCube) on Apr 16, 2003
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