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: Very Positive (1,435 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 18, 2014

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"Don't let the aesthetic fool you, this is a tough arcade 2d dogfighter with custom planes and momentum-focused movement. Has a gun that is an engine."
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Reviews

“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

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8+
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.2Ghz+
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatibale + 256MB Video
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
HOLY GHOST ♥♥♥♥ OF ALL SEVEN HELLS OF NIGHT. WHAT A GAME.

also it has the gungine. +10000000000000000000000.

my final verdict?

wink-w0nk/10
Posted: October 8
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
You will play this game until your eyes bleed, and you will like it.
Posted: October 20
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
I UNLOCKED THE BULLET-PROPELLED ENGINE

JESUS CHRIST
Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
This is a brilliant little arcade style game. Incidentaly I picked this up in a Humble Bundle, but already before I start this review I'd say that it is definitly worth full price!
Luftrausers is an oldschool arcade style game, with focus on racking up as many points as possible, while sustaining a multiplier. To do this you gun down hundreds of planes, ships, and various modifications and bosstypes of these.
The game does however feature some progression, in that you will be offered various jobs to complete, and by doing that you will progressively unlock parts to your plane, which comes with more jobs to do. There is also colourschemes to unlock, since the artstyle is uses a simple 4-5 colour pallette.
The unlockable parts gives a whole lot of vararity, and there's a bunch of different playstyles, depending on how you combine your plane. Personally I'm a big fan of the laser+melee body+booster engine combo.
Gameplay continues to be fun, and even after you have completed all jobs and unlocked all parts, there is more to do, a hardcore mode will unlock, which is really hardcore. You will basically die within seconds, and this mode comes with additional jobs to do.
Luftrausers is ultmatively a bunch of fun, with flying mechanics that feel really awesome, and gamplay that keeps on giving. It does however run in some wierd aspect ratio (most likely 4:3) and there is no way to make it wide screen as far as I have seen, but this doesn't really detract from the game in any way.

I would definitly reccomend this game if you are into arcade style games with scores and multipliers. Or if you just want to waste some time shooting thing out of a brown sky.
Go get it!
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
My first time playing this game I was swearing with the vocabulary of a well educated sailor. I kept dying and had no idea WTF I was doing. Eventually I got the gist of the controls and experimented. After that I was hooked.

With only 4 keys (Left, Right, Boost and Fire) you'd think it'd be easy. Just pop in, hold Up/Boost, fly around and shoot things... and you'd be wrong. The controls may seem simple, but it's one of those games where that simplicity leads to a whole load of complexity when it comes to mastering this game. You have to get used to the idea of letting your plane freefall now and again, boosting at the right time and dodging bullets. Get enough enemies on screen (and off) and the game begins to remind me of Japanese Bullet Hell shooters, there is that much going on, and it's trying to kill you.

As you gain higher and higher scores and complete challenges, you level up, unlocking new parts for you plane, letting you customize it (doing so even changes the planes name). And each part has a series of challenges attached to it, so what challenges you have change depending on which parts your using.

Seriously, for $10 this is a ♥♥♥♥ing amazing game and one well worth looking into even if you don't like air combat games, because this is very, very far from what you'd get in something like Jane's.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
This is a review for the Linux version, running Ubuntu 14.10. Runs perfectly on linux, only minor issue is lack of an exit button.

I was hesitant to pick this game up, due to the artstyle that seemed lazy in the screenshots and the general simplicity of bullet hell games. I was expecting this to be a cheap "So retro" game. However, when it went on sale and I noticed it was published by Devolver Digital (who have yet to back a stray horse) I decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did and I would recommend this game at full price.

This game reminds me of old arcade classic Aerial Dogfight, except with everything turned to the max. You begin with only the most basic machine gun and engine, then when you die you've discovered that you have a new engine that lets you move twice as fast at the cost of turning speed, a few more deaths later you're erupting out of the ocean and obliterating everything with a laser strapped to a chassis which is a nuclear bomb.

The game offers a lot of upgrade potential, it's surprisingly balanced. There's no combination which felt leagues better than the rest, Although your basic machinegun, chassis and engine feel outdated by the end, nothing you have earned will feel pointless.

The constant flow of gameplay challenges associated with each weapon encourages you to diversify your tactics. This prevents the fact that the game only offers one level and one mode from becoming tedious. One downside of these challenges is that the curve on them is a little bit off. The final challenges are magnitudes more difficuklt than the ones that came before it, and something such as defeating a submarine at MAX combo feels far more luck based than it does skill based.

The only real downside I could say against this game is that once you've completed all the challenges, there's not much to do but try for the high-score. That's not even a problem either with a relatively short round time and tight polished gameplay. I can see myself coming back to this many times in the future.
Posted: October 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
pew pew pew juke kerblam lazer pew pew


10/10
Posted: September 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Arcade game, nothing hateful about this war game- KILL ZE GERMANS!
Posted: September 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
This is a rausing game.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Thouroghly enjoyed this game 11/11 gassed too many. Can't find ancestors in ashtray... ^^^
Posted: October 19
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
This game arauses me.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
DIS GAM FUKIN SUKZ IT NOTING LIK WERFITER IT SO URELITIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111
Posted: October 1
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Surprisingly good game.
Posted: October 13
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
An extraordinarily simple game that only uses 4 controls for gameplay, LUFTRAUSERS is a game that can be played over and over without getting old.
Posted: October 5
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Gets boring too fast.
Posted: October 8
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
I defended the developers of this game against attacks over its creative content and aesthetic only to have Vlambeer come out as anti GamerGate.

I will never support developer again. Disapointed.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 15 people (7%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
terrible menu and controls make this pretty much unplayable
Posted: October 11
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4.8 hrs on record
This one is very addictive! It throws you right into the game without explaining much but not to worry, you get a handle on it within the first few minutes. Improve upon youf past run and earn customizable parts that help mix-up the gameplay. I love the health mechanic, it just all works very well together.
Posted: September 24
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17.4 hrs on record
A really outstanding game with very simple but engaging mechanics and a great look to match plus an exciting adaptive soundtrack.
Posted: September 25
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1.2 hrs on record
Great game, now if I could get gud....
Posted: September 25
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