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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.


Ikaruga Windows Chapter 3 unfolds along a narrow path
Ikaruga Windows Fighting Tageri
Ikaruga Windows The core of Misago
Ikaruga Windows You can choose to play with wallpaper at the sides of the screen. This is the default option.

Promo Images

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Ikaruga Concept Art

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 GameCube Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1686)
Brilliant, but tough GameCube Jon Collins (28)
A dieing genre... GameCube Exeox (45)
This is the evolution of the scrolling shooter to perfection. GameCube gametrader (233)
A challenging, original arcade shooter. Dreamcast big_brother (7)

Critic Reviews

Destructoid Xbox 360 Apr 14, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Worth Playing Xbox 360 May 21, 2008 9.4 out of 10 94
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dreamcast Dec 26, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Apr 13, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Insert Credit Dreamcast Sep 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games Dreamcast Feb 06, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Difference GameCube Jun 08, 2003 17 out of 20 85 GameCube May 28, 2003 17 out of 20 85
Netjak Dreamcast Apr 08, 2004 8.3 out of 10 83
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Apr 08, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81


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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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