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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Very Positive (43 reviews) - 97% of the 43 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,730 reviews) - 91% of the 2,730 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

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    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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Bittereinder
6.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
Heaps of fun and very rewarding gameplay if you persevere.
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^1 Cartoonistic
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
Kill em' all
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Trash_Hero
0.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
TBH this game is just amazing. Just classic bullet-hell with a twist - everuthing you might want to play high.
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Potato Lord
5.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
NOTE: DO NOT CHANGE THE CONTROLS and then try to back out of the options. It will set the controls to nothing. I currently can hit "Z" to go up in the menu and nothing else: I can't even select anything.
Other than that very fun game that has a nice feel
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Linkblade
7.0 hrs
Posted: September 22
Most awesome Arcade game I ever played!

- hard difficulty
- many missions to accomplish
- great variety of gameplay due to ship customization
- pure skill needed. The key of success lies in manoeuvring your ship and this is due to gravity physics and a bullet hell not that easy.

Recommended for everybody who likes hard arcade shoot em ups where you need skill and wits.
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Dank Memes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
9.7 hrs
Posted: September 22
10/10 would play as a nazi again
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aaron30uk (6 digit 2ndacount)
1.6 hrs
Posted: September 20
good but worth 3 quid not 6 once complete missions its a matter of meh next game (buy in sale)3 quid or less
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Euesx
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 19
SFMT MODE.... That is all.
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dr1p
6.7 hrs
Posted: September 18
more realistic than microsoft flight simulator x, 3/10
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reported
19.7 hrs
Posted: September 16
Sweet game, but probably not worth $10 if you go off steam prices due to lack of content. Worth getting on sale though.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
This 3€ game is funnier, deeper, wider, with much replayability (and randomly generated-ness) than a 60€ game about "Galaxy Exploration"
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Because laser technoligy was in WWII



































so was hover technology
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
LUFTRAUSERS is a very enjoyable simple game that's astonishingly addictive. You are catapulted into the air and gain momentum. You then need to control your momentum and at the same time kill enemies and try to survive. If you die it's game over, but depending on your plane you can take a number of hits, some plane types more, some less. When you stop shooting you regain health.

During the course of the game you unlock new parts for your air plane, each offering a different special ability. You can collect different weapons, different types of fuselage and different engines.

You can modify your plane by combining one weapon with one type of fuselage and one engine. This leads to various different plane types, some fast, some slow, some able to swim, some more agile, some more damage resistant.

By killing enemies you gain points. Killing enemies in a sequence increases your multiplier. Higher multipliers mean more points.

For each type of air plane the game asks for a number of challenges to complete, like sinking a battle ship, or a blimp, or killing a submarine with maximum multiplier, etc.

It's fun to complete the challenges and it's fun to experiment with the different plane types. I was very sceptic about LUFTRAUSERS, but now that I've played it I fully recommend it. Despite its simplicity this game is a lot of fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Simple, tight controls and great pixel graphics make for a distilled, pure-gameplay experience. The icing on the cake is the way that the great synth-heavy electro soundtrack modifies itself slightly to compliment the weapons, body and engine you install on your plane.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
brain melting short lifespan modular plane action game with insane amount of exploding pixels in style

bravo! muy recomendado

kamikaze envy you
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Awesome game, brings back old memories (MSDOS: Wings of Fury). I like the music, the upgrades, the graphics, taking of from a submarine (how awesome!). Would like to see a sequel with landing on ships & less difficulty.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Holy mother of balls, this game. It is absolutely bonkers and I hightly recommend it to all you adrenaline junkies out there looking for a quick but hardcore game.

The price is a bit much for something so simple, but I think it's worth it, especially once you unlock the hilariously impractical surprise at the end. The missions have incredible variety and do take some strategy to conquer with regards to which parts you choose and, as if 'normal' mode wasn't hard enough, they've included a secret extra hard mode that you unlock after killing a blimp, which are ridiculously hard to destroy, I might add, though not impossible.

The difficulty does get frustrating at times when you're completing objectives or trying to eclipse your highscore, but honestly, the sheer fun of feeling like an ace fighter pilot overshadows it.

It is an extremely simple but incredibly fun game with tons of replayability, and of course there's the elation you feel when you get a new high score or complete the challenging objectives.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
"Revvin' up your engine
Listen to her howlin' roar
Metal under tension
Beggin' you to touch and go

Highway to the Danger Zone
Ride into the Danger Zone

Headin' into twilight
Spreadin' out her wings tonight
She got you jumpin' off the deck
And shovin' into overdrive

Highway to the Danger Zone
I'll take you
Right into the Danger Zone

They never say hello to you
Until you get it on the red line overload
You'll never know what you can do
Until you get it up as high as you can go

Out along the edge
Is always where I burn to be
The further on the edge
The hotter the intensity

Highway to the Danger Zone
I'm gonna take you
Right into the Danger Zone
Highway to the Danger Zone
Right into the Danger Zone"
-Kenny Loggins, 1986
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
You aren't plunged into a deep storyline with deep story progression. You aren't managing skill trees. There isn't some big economy to buy, sell, and trade with other players.

You just go in, take to the skies, and fly until you die.

It's simplicity makes it an awesome game to pick up and play anytime youfeel like it, for as long as you want. Games like Undertale are great, but if I haven't played in a while, I'll need to recap everything I did, have, and need.

This game does do well on the battle. Not only is there a variety of unlockable weapons that have their advantages an disadvantages, but you will mainly focus on how you move more. Sometimes, it's more viable to crash into your enemies rather than try and aim and shoot at them. It is really fun.

I should note here that this game works best with a controller. I haven't played with a keyboard, but I can't imagine it going that well. The joystick controlls work best with the fluid movement of this game.
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720 of 775 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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