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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 considers as a bonus, and dies on impact with white enemy bullets. Your own black bullets damage white enemies twice as more 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.

Screenshots

Ikaruga GameCube Atari logo
Ikaruga GameCube Enemies attack from all sides
Ikaruga GameCube Uh oh, a wall is blocking the path!
Ikaruga GameCube End of level boss exploding

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 (1686) 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

Diehard GameFan Jun 04, 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
64 Power / big.N / N Games Apr, 2003 90 out of 100 90
MaXoE Games 2003 9 out of 10 90
64 Power / big.N / N Games Feb, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Quebec Gamers Sep 10, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Apr 14, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
Jeuxpo.com 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Freaks 365 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Play.tm Jun 17, 2003 82 out of 100 82
The Video Game Critic May 16, 2003 B 75

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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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Kartanym (12738) added Ikaruga (GameCube) on Apr 16, 2003
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