The skies will be set aflame and the seas will overflow with wreckage in Vlambeer’s stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS! Select from over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems and take to the skies to battle enemy fighter planes, battleships, submarines, and rival aces for glory, honor, and high scores.
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Release Date: Mar 18, 2014

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“Luftrausers is a breathless sepia-stained delight”
9/10 – Eurogamer

“Luftrausers is one of the most satisfying, enthralling arcade shooters to hit the market in recent memory.”
8.5/10 – Game Informer

“It’s an immense pleasure just to exist in Luftrausers.”
9/10 – Joystiq

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The skies will be set aflame and the seas will overflow with wreckage in Vlambeer’s stylish arcade shooter LUFTRAUSERS! Select from over 125 combinations of weapons, bodies, and propulsion systems and take to the skies to battle enemy fighter planes, battleships, submarines, and rival aces for glory, honor, and high scores. Bravely volunteer for one of over 100 daring missions to unlock new Rauser combinations and vibrant color variations and become the most legendary Rauser pilot of all time!

Bold Aerial Combat – White-knuckle battles against a crimson and cream sky harken back to the pure arcade shooters of the past with tight gameplay, ridiculous combos, and challenges that can only be mastered by the most elite rauser pilots in the world.

Customizable Rausers – Unlock unique weapons, plane bodies, and propulsion systems to radically alter your fighter in over 125 deadly combinations. Each daring configuration not only radically alters how your rauser handles and attacks but also rearranges the dynamic soundtrack crafted by KOZILEK.

Daring Missions – Make your fellow airmen proud as you tackle over 100 challenging missions from your commanding officers and face off against rival aces in a dogfight to the death.

Glorious Achievements - You know, a little something to brag about on shore leave.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Able to played as an ace German pilot during WWII.
Shoot laser weapons and able to fire homing missiles during WWII.
When shot down, you drop a massive nuke that kills everything on the map.
It is more like you are the boss and the boss itself is more like the player.

In the end, it is a really fun game and it is a great time killer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
One of the most fun and fast-paced arcade-style games out there. Well worth the money and well worth a play, I've lost a lot of time to playing this game and I regret none of it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Best nazi propeganda I ever played
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Caveat: I got this on sale for 75% off.
A friend recommended this to me, or rather, I saw it on their wish list and gave it a look. I bought it immediately - it's a relatively simple concept, a sort of free-roaming shooter as opposed to V/H scrolling, where you can unlock new parts and combine them before flying out to cause destruction.

But the execution here - it's such a tight little package of awesome from start to (I can't say finish exactly) where I am now. The sepia-tone graphics that actually make sense, the simple yet stylized look, the incredibly fluid way everything moves, and the perfectly fitting soundtrack all come together to make a game that's far more than the sum of its parts.

I got this for a friend who streams games just so he could show it off, because I think a precious little gem like this deserves more attention than it likely gets. Shooters don't have to be visually stunning or flashy (IMO), they just need to play well and be cohesive. And this, haha, is right on target.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Should have made an option to play as a boat because at least half of the time you only end up fighting boats. The rate at which enemies appear is wildly inconsistent. Sometimes the screen is filled with enemy planes and you can get wicked high combos easily, sometimes you just fly around the boats and it takes much longer and is much less thrilling. I liked it a lot at first, but it stopped being fun after a few hours.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
$2 Flash Game with a $10 Pricetag

$10 for this?! Are you for real?! Got this at 75% off and I'm still not sure I got the money's worth... it literally plays like a free flash game you find online.

-The game is fun for the first ten minutes but it gets repetitive very fast. The lack of enemy variety doesn't help. You see all of what this game has to offer pretty quickly. Thus, no motivation to continue playing except for the objectives on the plane pieces; 90% of which are easy as all f*ck and the other 10% are basically impossible without blind luck (Oh hey, that rhymed). If you're an achievement hunter that's into some mental masochism- here's your new kink

-The only thing this game really has going for it is trying out differen't ship combinations. I won't lie, it is fun seeing/playing the different ship combinations and reading the unique names for each one... but that whole experience is quickly sullied when you find out how repetitive it still ends up being. Thinking up some clever/funny names does not justify a $10 pricetag to me. Most of the combinations really don't change the gameplay at all, either (only two that I can think of that really do any major gameplay changes the Melee body and the Underwater engine). Any other piece than those and you'll be flailing in the sky firing aimlessly.

-There's basically no range on the enemy ships' attacks.. whatever it is, it's a ridiculous amount. Getting killed from a wall of rogue bullets, flying up the bottom corner of the screen, from ships below that I had no idea existed yet, is a pretty BS way to die. The AI is really good at predicting where you'll be (not where you are). One of the positives of this game, tbh. But, you combine that with the ridiculous range these ships have and it really turns less from skill and more into luck. I know, that's obviously a factor in all arcade shooter games like this, but it just seems way more apparent in this one. That it's way more Luck > Skill. Which can lead to a lot of extra (unnecessary) frustration

-The controls are quite loose and floaty, making it nearly impossible to react to split-second situations... which is all this game is (split-second situations). You'll be spending a majority of the time shooting frantically, not tactically. That's not to say you won't be shooting tactically (good luck taking down a ship otherwise) it's just most of the time you'll be spamming your shots in a general direction hoping to hit something as opposed to actually aiming to hit something. To be fair, I didn't play with a KB+M. So I don't know how well the controls on that handle... but I do know they shared the same key binding options... speaking of which...

-Good luck if you wanna try rebinding keys. Misunderstanding the (easily misunderstandable) menu can get you to a point of having to manually find an innocuous file in your %APPDATA% folder and delete it... just to return the controls to the default settings... instead of a simple "Reset to default" in the options menu. Don't believe me? Go to the community hub and read the first Q&A on the FAQ. It's that much of a problem. I'd be willing to gamble that there's a recent post in the community hub with someone complaining and/or having trouble with the key bindings right now if you went and checked. The store page says "Full Controller Support"... as far as I'm concerned, that's a lie

-The "cutscenes" are a joke. Literally just flashes one picture when you kill one of the (7 or 8) different enemies for the first time... I know it's an arcade game and all, but damn, why even bother if it's gonna be that terrible. Almost seems like a slap in the face after a certain point.

-To top everything off you get a pretty ugly/stale looking theme and a lot of the other themes you unlock (the other only real attraction to this game (unless you're a nazi or something)) are either buggy or hinder most situations.

If you're looking for a small, "pass the time" type of game just to blow a quick 10-15 minutes... I'd still say you can spend the time better beatin' off. Or, if you're tired from all that jerkin', you're still better off buying something like 'Bit Blaster' for 99c. 1/10th the price but 10x the fun. At least imo. Ironic, too, because that game lists this one as one of developers inspirations

tldr - This game is way overpriced for what it offers. If you really are sold about getting this then wait until it's on sale 75% off or more, or you'll probably regret it.
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5 of 16 people (31%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
LUFTRAUSERS (the title is, apparently, all caps) is a very simple 2D arcade-style game. You control a plane which flies around and shoots enemy planes. Unlike a schmup, where you proceed left-to-right or top-to-bottom, this is a side view, looking at a plane flying over an ocean, dogfighting vertically and firing on boats below.

The game has a highly non-standard control scheme – you can fire, you can boost, and you can pitch your plane up and down, in a full 360 degree circle. The controls are very simple and kind of unusual, but you get the hang of them after a while.

The game has 8 different enemy types – basic planes, a nastier kind of plane, giant blimps, basic boats, submarines, battleships, and two rare enemy types which almost never spawn. You will encounter them all in fairly short order, and at that point, you’ve seen all that the game really has to offer – there is an alternate mode which is basically a bullet hell mode, but even the regular mode can start bordering on that at times.

You can customize your plane with five different weapons, five different bodies, and five different engines, each of which alter the gameplay of the game in reasonably significant ways, but ultimately the variety granted by these unlockable parts wears off after a short while. There are in-game missions which allow you to unlock parts and color schemes, each of which is attached to one of the parts, with each part having six such missions attached to it. If you beat all the missions, you unlock a final, alternate plane.

Really, this game is decent enough gameplay wise, but it just doesn’t have much depth to it. It is really simple and there just isn’t much variety to it in the end, so you’re likely to get bored with it after a short time.

If you got it as part of a bundle or something, it might be worth looking at, but it just isn’t worth buying – it just feels too simple to feel like an adequate stand-alone game.
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721 of 776 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
Luftrausers isn't a dogfighting game. Yes, you're in a plane and you're shooting down planes (and boats and blimps), but what it really is frenetic aerial bullet hell chaos. But what makes Luftrausers so good, besides the action and stylized graphics, are the controls. Your plane is insanely maneuverable, able to turn on a dime, reach top speed in a moment. That level of control makes a difference.

It's one thing to weave between some bullets and return fire. It's another to swoop into a dive, deftly plummet through a hail storm of bullets, take out a projectile-spewing battleship, and pull up so close that the water's surface is flared up by your thrusters.

It's one thing to shoot down some planes. It's another to maneuver your enemies into a tight cluster, cut your thrusters, and shoot the planes pursuing you while your momentum carries you in the other direction. (And it helps that just activating your thrusters is so satisfying, thanks to the awesome fwhoosh sound effect)

It's fast, it's hard as hell, it's addictive. The music is great. The visuals are simple, yet suit the game perfectly, displaying all the information you need to know without cluttering the onscreen spectacle. Each new part you unlock feels different, a new tool to master, Luftrausers isn't the most complex game, but it's certainly one of the most addictive and satisfying I've played in a while. I'd say it's up there with One Finger Death Punch, in terms of a simple experience that's laser focused on delivering finely tuned fun gameplay. It's the kind of game where I'm instantly restarting upon defeat, to improve my skills, complete missions, unlock new parts.
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323 of 389 people (83%) found this review helpful
263 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
So addicting that the developers didn't even bother to put an "Exit Game" button in it.
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162 of 191 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
A fallacious argument regarding arcade games is that they're designed solely to take your money. If anything, arcade games make you value your money. Think about it, your life is represented by a mere quarter. With practice that quarter could take you anywhere you want to go. For most of us nowadays, the only exposure to arcade games is through the occasional port or MAME. We've lost sight of how much a quarter is worth.

What a lot of arcade-style games get wrong is that they have too much content. They have a lot of fluff like epic intros, backstories, dozens of stages, freakin' level-ups. I don't play an arcade game for all that filth, I want a good challenge, I want the action to start seconds after I begin. Luftrausers understands what makes an arcade game work, and it's fantastic.

So uh...there's a war or something, you're a pilot, and oh who cares? You're either very skilled or exceptionally lucky to survive five minutes of this hell. The goal is to fly around, shoot down enemy fighters, destroy their boats, wreck their aces, sink their battleships, obliterate their subs, and probably wipe out their airships. One element of a good arcade game is that you can grasp its mechanics and controls in seconds. The enemy numbers are overwhelming but dodging and returning fire is seamless and impeccably designed. Your goals are simply to improve hi-score, complete various missions, and unlock parts.

Whoa back up, unlock parts? What is this? It's actually a very clever system. The parts in this game aren't just +1 to armor or +3 to fire-power. They change up the player's entire style and strategy. There are a multitude of weapon, body, and engine combinations. Finding the one that suits you is all part of the fun. For example, having a propellor equipped allows the player's ship to not take damage underwater. When the heat becomes a little too much, it's possible to duck into the sea for a quick breather. Couple this with the laser cannon and enemies can be destroyed while firing from underwater. Every combination leads to various changes in how every game is played, and with each attempt lasting minutes at the most, there's a lot of ideas to play around with.

What makes this such a smartly-designed game is that it does a lot with very little. There are maybe 7 or 8 enemy-types in the entire game, but they're used just right to make every game feel fresh. Changing the parts of your ship or focusing on different objectives can also make every attempt feel different from the last. I've gotten more than a couple hours out of this tiny game precisely because it knows what works and runs with it.

Definitely pick up Luftrausers if you haven't already. If you're the bundle-purchasing type it has to be in your library already. If not...well...oops? Grab it during the next sale, or buy it right now. Just play this game next chance you get, it's definitely worth it.
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FaZe Gäy Dj Khaled
3.4 hrs
Posted: October 27
step 1. rek lot of weak enemies
step 2. try to approach a battle ship
step 3. rek the battle ship
step 4. sick ♥♥♥ music starts playing and ur getting hype
step 5. get ♥♥♥♥♥ 2 sec after step 4

5/7 would get mad again
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2.0 hrs
Posted: October 23
i never thought being a kamakaze pilot would be so cool.

especially with a nuke as an option that detonates on death.

love this game though, simple.

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11.5 hrs
Posted: October 22
This game is freaking amazing! But only in short sessions, playing it for too long in one session will make you or at least me very frustrated, for example, you'll say probably say things like this:
  • Again with the f*****g ACE!
  • Of course the god damn battleship gets me...
  • How was I supposed to dodge that?!
especially in SFMT...
So, just play for short sessions to avoid anger issues.
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MultiGamerClub 🎃
0.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
Unplayable, left and right keys doesnt work.

Was okay until today, now its been utter garbage after both keys doesnt work, dont buy.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 16
This game needs to be in arcades.
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Hakuna Matata
2.6 hrs
Posted: October 8
Really fun for a while, but it got stale pretty fast. Very very simple 2D sidescrolling arcade game. Not bad at all but imo isn't worth full price due to extremely limited replayability - a great little pickup if it's 70%+ off though.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 8
Product received for free
i need to reset my controls but i cant and i cant get out of the tutoril
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