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.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (89 reviews) - 86% of the 89 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (2,717 reviews) - 91% of the 2,717 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

About This Game

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Very Positive (89 reviews)
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AZ19999
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Have you ever wanted to know what being a pilot really felt like? yea me neither

10/10 humpback whale is best whale
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JerkDouglas
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I don't like being bad at it... But I do like playing it!
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CobaltNinja
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
torgue would love this game
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TillsterRulz
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Everytime I play I get to hear a little bit more of the music, which is pretty damn good and drives me to git gud

Solid game with good replayability, would recommend at full price. On sale is a steal.
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Matryoshka
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This is a pretty dang fun game to screw around in when you've got nothing else going on. It controls well and is extremely fast-paced and engaging. I love the little flavorful elements they injected into the game, like the music changing depending on which parts you're using. The selection of said parts is cool, and they each change the feel of the game drastically. I really dislike the homing missiles because even with the bomb or melee body it's just too hard to kill anything large, and their accuracy is surprisingly finicky given that their weak damage and low rate of fire suggests that their one trade-off should be an inability to miss. I still have two challenges to complete (not counting SFMT challenges), so I don't know what the [CLASSIFIED] is like, but my favorite Rausers are "Holy Diver" and "Staff Pick."

However, I feel fairly emasculated by the number of digits in the score display. Do people actually score hundreds of thousands of points at this? My high score is like 30,000, and that's because most games I play spawn three battleships in on me at the same time and I honestly don't understand how you're supposed to deal with three battleships given their range and rate of fire. I mean, seriously, even though I'm pretty good at killing battleships now, how the hell am I supposed to kill three of them when a new one willl just spawn in its place? In other words, I think this game would be better if it chilled out a bit when it comes to what it spawns in and how quickly it spawns it. To be fair, each game certainly gets interesting quickly.

That aside, highly recommend it. It's stylish, extremely well produced and just plane fun. PLANE FUN GET IT
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Chunderfield
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Its cheap. Its fun. Its pleasantly challenging. The best type of casual, low commitment game. Its another superb ttile from Vlambeer and Devolver!
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sunowl
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
The best Hans-Ulrich Rudel/Erich Hartmann simulator available.

Seriously though, it's historically accurate when you think about the chances of someone surviving WW2 as a Luftwaffe pilot AND having a high score...
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Recaiden
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This game is small and perfect.
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Zuko
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Addicting Arcade Styled Game! If you want to feel like the most bad*** plane to ever fly the skies, buy this! As you progress you unlock new parts for your plane (each with their own pros and cons) to better fit your playstyle. Rack up the highest score you can get, complete missions, unlock, enjoy!
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Chukkzy
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
If you eat Ikaruga Flakes for breakfast this is a tasty dessert.
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D0idStr1k
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Fun game.
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LordRedIrish
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
This game is amazing
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Supertoad16
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
What is Luftrausers?
Luftrausers is an action shoot-em-up with a rogue-like system of customization. The basic gameplay involves you shooting down enemies while avoiding fire, racking up as many points as you possibly can before your inevitable demise. The premise is simple and the execution is superb.

The combat is also simple, yet very hard to master. It combines some of the aforemented rogue-lite elements along with bullet hell shooters (Think of the Tohou Project). Gameplay is fast paced and intense, as you rack up points and gracefully weave in and out of gunfire. It's fast paced and sometimes even mesmerizing at some points, with bullets all over the screen. The amount of customizable options makes the game even more in depth, and allows players to create a plane that accommodates their playing style.

Of course, this being a Vlambeer game after all ensures that the presentation is top-notch. The graphics are silky smooth at 60 frames per second, and the music perfectly sums up the onscreen action at any moment.

In short, Luftrausers is a great game to spend a couple of minutes on.
Be careful though, because those couple of minutes will soon become several hours.
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xylophone
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I still don't know what SFMT stands for.
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huenm
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
A good game that need some variation. An easy to play difficult to master type of game. There are many ship variations you can play through, but I managed to rest on two versions. While I like the game I feel like it needs a variety of levels or mission-objectives. Taking down the big ship is near impossible. I'm sure you can do it, but I never managed to do it. It gets old quickly. I would only recommend if you can get it under $5.
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Bubbles
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Blows up blimp, enters SFMT mode, is put through bullet hell
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Dr. Kirby
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
I have a problem with this game. Help.
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Chortizort
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
I picked this game up in a humble bundle awhile ago and decided to give it a whirl. I didn't really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised with the playability - you can get *most* of the game finished in one or two sittings, but at a certain point the difficult challenges will have you striving to get those last few achievements. Very addicting for those who aim for 100%.

PROS:
-Interesting visual style
-Plenty of difficult challenges to keep you playing

CONS:
-Repetitive, same level over and over again with slight variations
-Difficult to get to the endgame, in my opinion
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finds-them-and-kills-them
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Addictive, uncanny, retro yet flashy and innovative.

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Bought game.
Downloaded game.
Started it up.
Thrown into battle.
Got massacred.
Thrown into battle again.
Died more slowly.
Thrown into battle a third time.
Survived surprisingly long.
Was told "Something large is incomming".
Thought "Pah. As if its anything worse than before."
Ceased to exist as the blimp slowly lowered itself onto the screen.
10/10 Would die again.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
If you're like me, you might be always wondering if there's something hidden within this game. I always thought this game looks really simple, too simple, from the previews. But it got such good reviews. Is there something else hidden within?

Answer: There is not. It's exactly how it is in the previews. It's a gravity-based shmup, with multiplier-based scoring, stylistic and simplistic artstyle with one sephia shade within one stage without any story at all.

But ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ it is fun. The shooting is really satisfying, unlocking new parts feels really make a difference, and the contextual bgm really kick-♥♥♥.

This game is really the crowning achievement of "Let's play this for five minutes... whelp it's 1 hour already."

But there really isn't many content in this game, so that's that. After you unlock all parts and do all missions (challenges), you only try to beat high score. Strangely, I think this game would be more fulfilling to those who are not that good in this kind of shmup game, because they'll have longer time unlocking everything. But of course shmup veteran would get a kick from trying to beat high scores.

Basically, recommended, but buy this discounted if you're concerned with the small amount of content.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
A fantastic time killer if you enjoy bullet-hell games and World War II era science fiction. Its the kind of game that you play for 15 minutes and look at the clock and realise its now 2 hours later.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
-Was told to kill 15 enemies without taking damage.
-Achieved this by flying plane into battleship and erupting in screaming skull shaped nuclear hellfire.
-Was awarded with another rank for my brilliant combat tactics.

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Tough as nails, customizable planes with dynamic music and an absolutely nuts control system. If you're even slightly into bullet hell games then leap on this like a horny tramp.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I don't like being bad at it... But I do like playing it!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Bomber crahsed into me, steam crashed. gg
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
torgue would love this game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Everytime I play I get to hear a little bit more of the music, which is pretty damn good and drives me to git gud

Solid game with good replayability, would recommend at full price. On sale is a steal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Addictive, uncanny, retro yet flashy and innovative.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
I still don't know what SFMT stands for.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Short, simple, and fun. Nothing else to this game.

This is an amazingly fun game that you can play on just about anything. It's simple controls and repetitive gameplay is extremely amusing. Even if it takes a different point of view from (assuming) WW2, the game's design along with the OST offers a really fun experience.
Even though I just started, I see myself playing more of it.

Pick it up on sale! Worth every cent.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I'm 8 minutes into this game and I already love it, 'nuff said.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
i screamed DİE REBEL SCUM for 1 hour...at 3am


10/10 best game would get beaten again
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
This game is sweg, low price, very fun, in the first day I already have 2 hours on it
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
If you eat Ikaruga Flakes for breakfast this is a tasty dessert.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
the kind of game that you play for five minutes and oh god its been an hour
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Pimp My Ride: Luftwaffe Edition.
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
My favourite form of Aerial Nazi propoganda
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