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 (1,502 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Brilliant, fun little bullet storm! Simple yet great controlls and good replayability.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This is one of my favourite games on Steam right now. If I have a spare moment at any given time and I'm on my computer, I'll definitely be playing it. It's challenging, and it definitely has a lot of replay value, trying to top your high scores.

Fun airplane names/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Every once in a while you meet a game with deceptively simple gameplay that you keep playing time after time long past when you tell yourself that you HAVE TO STOP playing. This is one of those.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Simple, yet very entertaining. I like the chance to customize the aircraft, it makes this game replayable.
9/10
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
You can raus in Luft.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
ECH NEIN STACHEN BLOKEN!!! 420/10
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Dis is pefrect geme if u liek luft and rausers 10/10 wuold raus again.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Great bullet hell shooter. Customization and level up system are very good too.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
HAUS DRAUFTEN UBER LEIVEN GEIVEN HATCHONG GEISFEIST
ACTUNG
ACTUNG
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
game is brilliat 10/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
track changes with different planes very fun
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Buy it
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
awesome game love it sooooooooooo much
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
It's hard and arcadish.
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8 of 21 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Fun enough game, but the intentionally stuttery performance (read: the game literally stops for a short moment when things damage you) is absolutely unjolly and there's no option to turn it off. The game's rather horribly designed options menu in general isn't exactly ripe with options, but that's another topic.

=> Close combat turns into a stutterfest (it's a feature!).


Unrelated rant:
I've also by now developed a certain distaste for the "grind through a specific list of objectives for each run" unlock/progress system that is shoe horned into all mobile phone games under the sun, as well as Steam titles like Race The Sun.
Kill 3 green zombies in one match! Kill 80 enemies in total! Race 10km!
't gets old real quick. Cheevos like that are a symptom of the gameplay by itself not being interesting
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
made me feel like the japanese with that suicide thing, ♥♥♥♥ing rad
10/10
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Fun for about half an hour or so. Basically requires you to do the same thing over and over to complete challenges and unlock new plane parts. Also, make sure to turn off the Steam overlay for this game, or it won't work.
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Bored the ♥♥♥♥ out of me. It's just asteroids, except I almost forgot about that crap game until I played this.
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