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 (1,294 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
25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Luftrausers is incredibly addictive.

The short, randomized gameplay sessions mean that you keep thinking "one more game!" until you've spent hours playing.
The way the health system is done means that you can always make a full recovery by cooling your fighter off for a few seconds, making the gameplay change rapidly from shooting enemies to fleeing for your life - which keeps things very exciting. The variety of fighters you can build also dramatically changes your play style, and keeps things interesting much longer.

As awesome as it is, there's still not a lot of content. So I wouldn't recommend it for full price, unless you're really into shmups.
Posted: June 24
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58 of 83 people (70%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
RAUS RAUS

PEW PEW PEW VEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM PEWPEWPEW YATATATA PEW PEW BADABOOM VRAAAAAAAM

ALARM PLANE KAPUTT REPARIEREN SCHNELL SCHNELL

KABOOM

THE ENDE
Posted: May 3
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
This is an amusing, chaotic dogfight game at sea. You control a plane, which you can unlock upgrades for, and try to complete objectives against loads of different types of enemies. The controls are pretty good and don't take long to get a feel for. The action is non-stop and fun. I like that your plane repairs itself when you stop firing allowing for long runs. It's a simple game that is worth the $6 I paid for it.
Posted: June 1
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
So addicting that the developers didn't even bother to put an "Exit Game" button in it.
Posted: September 13
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38 of 63 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
I honestly wanted to like this game, I did. And it WAS fun, for about 30 minutes - that's pretty much exactly how long you will need to see all LUFTRAUSERS has to offer. If you decide to play on, it will be because you want to grind out the achievements and not beacause there is a lot of fun to be had.

A typical round of LUFTRAUSERS will last up to two minutes and it will not differ from the last round at all. The spawn patterns of your opponents seem utterly random (which makes chasing highscores rather tedious) and the drag we all feel, when we play games that just do not seem to progress in any way, will quickly set in.

If you want to support the developer, buy NUCLEAR THRONE which is fantastic.
Posted: May 28
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695 of 747 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 18
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