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

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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destruct_500
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
my game doesnt work when i start it it just gives me a black screen and stays that way having me resart my computer any help
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airraid
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is one of the most basic and fun games I have in my library. For the price, it's a must-have. Controller required.
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Dick Flavoured IceCream
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Outstanding game! It is kinda short though
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Audrey Hepburn
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Just when I thought I had touched everything the Bullet Hell genre had to offer.

This is the freshest addition to the genre is years. Love this game!
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Negevr Gunna Give You Awp
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Let me tell you. This is a damn good game. I love it and you will too!
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Ness1228
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
Luftrausers is a game where you fly around in a plane that can do crazy maneuvers and shoot enemies until you die. Pretty simple, pretty hectic gameplay, pretty insane, and on that note, insanely fun to play.

The gameplay is controled with 4 buttons; left, right, boost and fire. These buttons can be configured to your liking in the options menu, and you can even play with a gamepad. The goal of the game is to eliminate as many enemies as you can before you get shot down. Fortunately, you don't die in one hit; instead, the game makes a shaded circle around your plane indicating your health. The closer said circle is to your plane, the lower your health. You can recover health by simply not firing, but this means you'd potentially lose any scoring combos you had going, encouraging high-risk, high-reward gameplay while not penalizing you for playing it safe.

The missions (i.e. subquests that unlock parts for your Luftrauser) start out simple, but quickly get tedious, annoying and often luck-based; as such, I would not recommend this game for hardcore completionists. However, it's fairly easy to unlock all ship parts relatively quickly (except for the final ultimate Luftrauser obtained from 100% mission completion), allowing for flexible gameplay that can suit your playing style.

In conclusion, Luftrausers is a fast-paced aerial shootout that only loses its fun value if you focus more on completing the missions for achievements rather than obliterating every enemy you see.
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Elektro Haus
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
What do I say about a game based on being a bad ♥♥♥ pilot who can defy physics by firing while spinning in mid air and crashing into boats to kill them? Oh I know! This game is a worthwhile purchase! Got it for 2 dollars during the Summer Sale and I'd say the 2 dollars is worth it, not sure about full price, but I think the game is worth the purchase!
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Shockwave
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I discovered this game when I played the demo on cloud9games, and me and my friends loved the heck out of it. When I learned that there was a full version on steam, I was super exited and bought it immediatly. If you like old bullet hell style shoot-em-ups, than this is totally your thing. The price is a bit high, but if you have a bit of money to throw around, I highly reccomend it. Also, if you are exceptionally good at it, there is a secret at the end that is... impressive, to say the least.
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Rechkalov
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I fly better with a cannon build but the lazors have much better soundtrack what do

So you think you've played side-shooters before and they cannot surprise you anymore?
Wrong!
This game has TONS of replayability, extremely addictive and challenging gameplay that drives you to git gud, and ridiculous amounts of detail.

If there was, like, an opposite of a sale, with the price being raised another couple of dollars, this game would still be totally worth it.

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This Face
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
This game is too hard, it's sort of like Hotline Miami if it was set to hard mode at default, which would be even worse because of the difficulty curve. What I mean is that when you play Hotline Miamii 2 on hard mode you already played 2 games and are familiar with the weapons, levels, and enemies. While in this game it just throws you in, I haven't been able to get a high score higher than 15,000 for a while. The biggest problem is the ships, the only hitboxes on them are the turrets, not the entire ship. And on top of that the AI on them is very good, they lead the ♥♥♥♥ing shots, in what other game does the AI lead shots? and they stack on top of each other, so you can have 3 in the same place making it impossible to kill them unless you have the cannon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Just when I thought I had touched everything the Bullet Hell genre had to offer.

This is the freshest addition to the genre is years. Love this game!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Fun, difficult and addicting. It's hard to pry myself away from this game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This game is too hard, it's sort of like Hotline Miami if it was set to hard mode at default, which would be even worse because of the difficulty curve. What I mean is that when you play Hotline Miamii 2 on hard mode you already played 2 games and are familiar with the weapons, levels, and enemies. While in this game it just throws you in, I haven't been able to get a high score higher than 15,000 for a while. The biggest problem is the ships, the only hitboxes on them are the turrets, not the entire ship. And on top of that the AI on them is very good, they lead the ♥♥♥♥ing shots, in what other game does the AI lead shots? and they stack on top of each other, so you can have 3 in the same place making it impossible to kill them unless you have the cannon.
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706 of 760 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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399 of 466 people (86%) found this review helpful
232 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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321 of 384 people (84%) found this review helpful
358 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
-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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119 of 135 people (88%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2015
If this game was an arcade machine, I'd lose all my money.
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152 of 181 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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678 of 960 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
This game is arausing
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103 of 123 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Fast Paced Modded Out Plane Airborne Warfare

REASONS TO OWN:

1. Morphing Soundtrack That Changes Depending On How You Pimp Your Plane

2. Delicious Unlockable Plane Modifications

3. Best End Game Mode

4. Easy To Pick Up

5. Hard To Put Down

Overall Rating 10/10
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