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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.


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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 (1695) 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

Digital Entertainment News (den) Sep 13, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
64 Power / big.N / N Games Feb, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Difference Jun 08, 2003 17 out of 20 85 May 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85
Game Freaks 365 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine May, 2003 8 out of 10 80
RetroGame Man Aug 10, 2018 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Apr 14, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Games TM Jan, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Apr 06, 2003 79 out of 100 79


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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 (12706) added Ikaruga (GameCube) on Apr 16, 2003
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