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 (1,517 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
5 of 6 people (83%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.4 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
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- Smooth Easy Control Style
- Awesome Soundtrack (Music Syncs To Action)
- Great Old School Arcade Feeling
- Fantastic Art Design

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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
You're looking around Steam and you find this game. You think, "Hey, this looks like one of those flash games I'd play at school when I was bored." Then you buy it, start playing it, and suddenly two hours have passed while you mess around and try to shoot down that damn blimp. A bullet hell/Asteroids-esque game that's recommendable for everyone.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Best product in the market to sharpen you dog fighting skills, I'm already getting offers from private military coporations.
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3 of 5 people (60%) 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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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
You can raus in Luft.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This is a game I want to like but seems inaccessible most of the time. You don't unlock much in the beginning/start of the game and even when you start to unlock more parts, the variation just isn't there.

I do like the art style and music as it feels energentic and reflective of the subject of the game.

I played with a controller and had most of my issues with the menus and just overall turning of the plane. Everything else worked well enough.

The reason I am giving this a negative review because I think this game needs a difficulty that goes along a pace as the game does rather than crazy amounts of bullts and enemies that act unrealistically and unfairly.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I've poured about 24 hours of playtime into Luftrausers and I can finally say that the game is very barebones. Sure, the floaty controls and 2D shooting is satisfying, for a few hours that is. There's only 15 parts to customize your aircraft with, 7 enemies to dogfight with, and 1 gamemode: shoot things to get points until you die. It's an endless wave game with some very frustrating elements to it such as the simple art style which is pretty, but can interfere when there's a bunch of similarly colored things on the screen and compounded by immense screen shaking when things explode and stuttering when you take damage. The "100 challenging missions" the game touts is nothing more than a list of basic and boring goals such as "Kill a Blimp" or "Get a score of 8000" that is effectively a list of achievements that quickly becomes a test of luck down the line with its pseudo-difficulty.

The bullet hell nature of the game is also hindered by the fact the camera is heavily focused on your rauser despite all the airspace available, you will often find yourself flying straight into a cloud of bullets that leaves you a very small window of opportunity to dodge whereas other bullet hell games gives you view of the entire field to plan out your maneuvers. All of this and the game asks you for $10, not really expensive, but for that price one could buy other replayable games with truckloads of more content such as Binding of Isaac, Dungeons of Dredmor, FTL, or Risk of Rain. Wait for a sale if you're still thinking about this one.
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10 of 22 people (45%) 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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6 of 15 people (40%) 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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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
track changes with different planes very fun
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
game is brilliat 10/10
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10 of 27 people (37%) 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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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Bad game. Not worth any money.
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4 of 17 people (24%) 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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3 of 17 people (18%) 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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11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I used to think I would play this game for five minutes and then move on to something else. But what a mistake! I sent to hell allmost six hundred pilots of my own and thats just the beginning. With cannons blazing, engines schrieking I have just entered SFMT and I am willing to know what it stands for.
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