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!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (710 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 18, 2014

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"Infuriatingly difficult, but perfectly constructed. Ikaruga is the PC's best bullet-hell shooter."
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About This Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c support
Helpful customer reviews
272 of 316 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Buy Ikaruga if you think Dark Souls is too easy.
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48 of 58 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Beginners guide to Ikaruga:

Step 1 - Install the game.
Step 2 - Choose Normal difficulty, Chapter 1, press Start.
Step 3 - Witness your ship explode.
Step 4 - Cry.
Step 5 - Choose Easy difficulty, Chapter 1, press Start.
Step 6 - Behold the explosion again.
Step 7 - Cry some more, bow down and despair.
Step 8 - Uninstall, go and play this game for casuals you heard about called Dark Souls 2.

10 exploding ships out of 10
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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
I can't believe how much I suck at this game.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Heralded by many as one of the best, if not THE best bullet-hell shooter out there, and with good reason. The unique gameplay mechanics, where you can change polarities and be immune to like-colored bullets and deal more damage to opposite-color enemies (and in turn, you can die from opposite-color bullets), help it stand out. Easy to understand, difficult to master; with hundreds of bullets on screen at once, it can be easy to mess up. Not to mention the challenging gameplay, as is fitting for a bullet-hell shooter. Oh, and it's by Treasure, the same people who brought us Gunstar Heroes and Radiant Silvergun, so you KNOW it's gotta be good. This is a game that shooter fans of any caliber should own (though personally, as legendary as this game is, Crimzon Clover will always be my go-to bullet-hell experience).
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Argueably the best bullet hell shooter to hit the arcade.
Regardless, Ikaruga is a masterpiece of the genre and is a joy to be played.
The port originated from the Arcade and then to Dreamcast consoles, which then expanded to Gamecube.

Now it is here for PC users in all of it's glory, with updated HD graphics and achievements!
Play solo or local co-op on any of the three difficulties through five challenging levels!
Switch your ship's polarity at will to absorb that polarity's gun fire from the enemy and negate damage to your ship.
Correctly doing this will also power up your special homing missile gauge.

This is a very unforgiving and challenging bullet hell shooter, I highly recommend it.

10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
One of the best vertical shooter that i ever played.
It hard to believe that it's finally on pc.

10/10 Verdict: a classic
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
10/10 - the definitive top-down shooter.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I can't say that this is a bad game. It's a great Shmup. The polarity idea is awesome and executed concisely. The later stages get to the point where you need a lot of memorization of the levels. I wanted more of a casual experience, and didn't want to put in the amount of effort it would take to learn the levels. If you love Shmups and are in for a challenge then you will love this game. It's not for the faint of heart.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Excellent PC port! It supports a plethora of controls, multiple graphic options within the game, and performs extremely well.

The game itself is a very good game. While the story may be minimal, the presentation is great, and is hard as balls in normal shmup style. However, if you are going to achieve the highest score you can, you will also find a complex and deeply rewarding shooter that has aged extremely well.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Great bullet-hell game and will make you want to keep playing to perfect it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Originally owning this game on the Xbox 360, I have to say I love this game and it runs smooth as butter here on Steam. I'm glad to see these old titles coming here. I hope one day we'll get more of Treasure's games because they make some really unique, tough as nails, insainly fun games!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
This game is super nostalgic and hardcore as hell. OST and graphics are pretty boss, and speaking of bosses they're all super varied, taking full advantage of the unique polarity mechanic.

My frothing demand for this game increases.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
This soundtrack, has the best orchestral composers I've ever heard in a video game in a long time.


This game, has the best gameplay and replay value I've seen in a long time...


Buy it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
The most elegantly designed shoot 'em up ever created. The level design is deep if you're going for high scores. Co-op is excellent. It looks and sounds impressively good for being a 14 year old game. It even supports vertical screens. This is the third platform I own the game on and I would buy it on more.

And most importantly: space ships > flying girls.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
dont play this game, levels 3 - 5 are impossible and i can barely beat level 2 dont do it dont UFKCING DO TI
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Like I told my last wife, I said "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes."
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Flip between two modes to absorb the corresponding coloured bullets; it's a straight-forward concept which has been executed to perfection. Ikaruga is exhilerating and slick. The holy grail of SHMUPS.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Just play it.
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188 of 219 people (86%) found this review helpful
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
After roughly 4000+ hours in this game over all the console versions. I still feel like nobody ever quite explained it as well as Greg Kasavin did, so here's his review. Notice this is the GameCube version he's reviewing, and all versions have very slight differences, but the XBLA version added the most "features" so to speak, and that's mainly what we got with this version. It fixed a lot of things the XBLA port got wrong from the arcade and DC/GC versions. My only nitpick is, they didn't include online co-op which the 360 version had, which hopefully they'll patch in at a later date. And there are people who have latency issues with the game at the moment so hopefully that's fixed fast. I also really hope Treasure VAC protects the game at some point as well. Another sad thing I guess is, the previously announced Trading Cards are now no longer happening, apparantly, the store page isn't even listing them anymore even though Treasure themselves confirmed them...

So, best review of the game ever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4fzFvQzWtw

Go buy it!
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150 of 182 people (82%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
As bullet hell shooters go, there isn't one as excellently realized as Ikaruga is. In this one, you are able to freely change the polarity of your ship between light and dark. Doing so allows you to absorb enemy attacks of the same color as you, and do additional damage to enemies of the opposite color. Destroying an enemy of the same color as you will produce suicide bullets (which you will either need to avoid or absorb). Absorbing shots charges a special attack, which once activated, sends a volley of polarized missiles across the screen.
This polarity mechanic takes a shooter that would have been excellent on its own, and makes it so much more.
If you're at all a fan of this particular genre of shooter, and haven't played Ikaruga, this is an excellent version of the game to play it for the first time. It lacks the online multiplayer which was found in the Xbox Live Arcade version, but is 5 bucks cheaper (and seeing how the XBL coop was a laggy mess, it isn't a huge deal for it to be missing here.)
What's added in this version is the ability to solo man two ships (if you think the game is a cakewalk as it is or something), local multiplayer support, as well as numerous screen rotation options.
It's a great version of what is quite possibly one of the best video games ever made! What're you waiting for?!
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