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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 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.


Ikaruga GameCube A large end of level boss
Ikaruga GameCube Choose a game mode
Ikaruga GameCube End of level summary
Ikaruga Windows Listening to one of the tracks (all are comprised in the Appendix)

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 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

GameZone GameCube Jul 09, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Digital Entertainment News (den) GameCube Sep 13, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
IGN Xbox 360 Apr 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Xbox 360 Jan 21, 2011 18 out of 20 90 GameCube Jun 17, 2003 82 out of 100 82
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 Apr 24, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Games TM GameCube Jan, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Totally Gaming Network Xbox 360 Apr 18, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Deaf Gamers GameCube 2003 6.5 out of 10 65 Xbox 360 Apr 21, 2008 Unscored Unscored


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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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