Shoot! Dodge! and... Get Hit!? "Ikaruga" is a vertical shoot 'em up that features an unique polarity-switching gameplay. Switch the ship's polarity and "get hit and absorb" enemy bullets! Achieve High Score with the chain bonus!
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Overwhelmingly Positive (931 reviews) - 96% of the 931 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 18, 2014

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Shoot! Dodge! and... Get Hit!?

Ikaruga is a vertical shoot 'em up that features an unique polarity-switching gameplay.
Switch the ship's polarity and "get hit and absorb" enemy bullets!
Achieve High Score with the chain bonus!

Features

  • The player ship, all enemies and bullets are black or white.
    Player's polarity can be switched at will.
  • Your ship can absorb enemy bullets of the same polarity.
    Filled energy goes to fire powerful homing lasers! (Release Power)
  • Defeat 3 enemies in a row of the same polarity and get the chain bonus!
    Building up high scores feels like a puzzle game?
  • Spectacular 3D graphics. Fast and smooth game play.
  • 2 Players game (Local) and
    Double Play Mode: You can play 2 Players game with one controller.
  • 5 levels. Tactical level design and boss battles.
  • 3 difficulty levels: EASY, NORMAL, HARD.
    Change your tactics depending on the difficulty.
  • 2 Game modes: ARCADE, PROTOTYPE (not hidden).
  • Replay data save is available.
    You can also download them from the Leaderboards.
  • Vertical screen mode support.
    You can also play the game like a side-scrolling shooter by rotating only the game screen.
  • Xbox360 controller, Keyboard and Mouse support.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo / Athron64 X2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c support (256 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c support
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel or AMD multicore processor recently 5 years
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA or AMD in recently 5 years
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c support
Helpful customer reviews
301 of 425 people (71%) found this review helpful
184 people found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Hello steam sale detectives
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
I've loved this game since I got it on Dreamcast, and on GameCube, and I play it at my local arcade. The point is it's amazing.
The ability to switch color in order to absorb some bullets and become susceptible to others really adds new depth to the genre and is applied brilliantly.
The gameplay is fun and quick and gets more challenging as you go.
Definitely recommended for anyone who loves the R-Type or space shooter games.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
If you ever need to increase your blood pressure without the use of medications, simply play Ikaruga with three lives and no continues.
For the love of all that is good, no one make me a doctor.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever really find someone that will truely understand me,kindred spirits or soulmates even. Then I think to myself...but no one has been able to co-op 1 coin clear IKARUGA, and the rest becomes easy.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Best Bullet Hell SHMUP ever (IMHO and many others)!!!

This game is accessible to everyone by changing difficulty, lives and continues. If you think you're good just play it on normal and grab yourself some tissue.

Last but not least one of the most powerful game soundtracks produced.

Buy it right now @50% off (Black Friday Sale 2015) as the game does not go on sale often if ever.

SCORE: 5/5

(I have only about 40 mins of playtime on Steam with Ikaruga. This is the 4th time I have bought the game DC/GC/XBL and now Steam)
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