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 (52 reviews) - 90% of the 52 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,785 reviews) - 91% of the 2,785 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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TheFrozenFenix
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This game is amazing. When you are playing and stall the engine to do flips with the great music playing it truly is epic and when you are so close to death and pull it back it gives you such a satisfying feeling.
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chef boyardee
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
i usually don't like edm or any popculture music

but i like the music in this game

that is saying a lot
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Luftrauserpilot Riolu
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
One of the best bullethell shooters i've played so far (even though there aren't many on my list)

You get to hear some great 'retro-style' soundtracks which u change along with the parts of your rauser. Theyre not only great but fitting while you create havoc in enemy airspace with a German super jet UFO thing shooting lasers, rockets or whatever you equip onto your plane.

What every category changes:

Weapon: Drums
Body: Theme
Engine: Bass

As much as I like the game 10$ are a bit much for the content, though. Better wait until it's on sale and you will love it every single time you get to blast the enemy forces to bits without the question "Was it worth it?"

And... yeah... Don't mess with the rauser.

Seriously... DON'T MESS WITH THE RAUSER!!!

....

Warned ya.
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Mr.Anonymous
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Fantastic little game. Fire it up and put on a podcast in the background once you tire of the sound effects - good unwinding recipe
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jerry bomb
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This is a great game, go look up a video on YouTube if you need proof, it's only flaw is the rarity of blimps and the controller leaves something to be desired. The game is amazing and well worth the money
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KingDom #TeamHoovey
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
“Hans, are we the baddies?” - 10/10 would have fun being an axis pilot again.
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Dylr1279
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Not worth $10.
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Sergeant S○L
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Luftrausers? More like Luft TROUSERS@$@$%@##%@#*^*%^&%^$^%!!!!!!!????!?!!!!!!
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Drunken Duck™
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
This game is fun. Not only as a time passer, but as an actuall game in itself. It's not exactly the most expansive game. But it's fun for what it is. It's a fun little fast paced "shooter" .. And it's just a good time to play.
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Alturis
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Great stuff. Very simple and more like an old arcade unit game than a modern PC single player title. But if I had an arcade unit with multiple titles on it this would definitely be on it! Very well done. The skill required and stylistic approach is exceptionally well done. Feels like this weird blend between flappy bird, geometry dash, 1942, and galaga. Great fun!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
The best part about this game is the thumping soundtrack.
A close second comes the customisation you can do to your aircraft.
It can get a little samey but that's due to the pure arcade nature of this beast.
Really fun to break up those longer gaming sessions for a bit.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
PAM PAM JATATATATAT!!!! CRASH!! BOOM!!! JATATATATATA!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
This game is fun. Not only as a time passer, but as an actuall game in itself. It's not exactly the most expansive game. But it's fun for what it is. It's a fun little fast paced "shooter" .. And it's just a good time to play.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
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709 of 763 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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406 of 474 people (86%) found this review helpful
241 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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328 of 391 people (84%) found this review helpful
364 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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153 of 182 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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119 of 136 people (88%) found this review helpful
67 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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678 of 961 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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