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 (619 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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August 13

Updated (Build 354142)

  • Added 'APPENDIX' menu. Gallery and SoundTracks mode.
  • Change title screen pictures to HD
  • Chapter 1: Fixed slowdown of the scene after the chapter title.
    (Change far objects to billboard, and speed up)
  • Fixed minor bugs

アップデートしました(ビルド ID 354142)
  • おまけメニュー(APPENDIX)追加。ギャラリー、サウンドモード。
  • タイトル画面を高解像度化、調整
  • Chapter 1 雲海上のシーンの高速化
  • 他、バグ修正など

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May 9

Updated (Build 260346)

  • DirectInput device support
  • Tweaked Analog stick
  • Fixed delay of drawing in some environments
  • Added 'QUALITY SETTINGS' in the 'VIDEO SETTINGS'
  • C1: Fixed battery placement for the second time "Ajisashi"
  • C2: Fixed some blocks had appeared on the screen suddenly
  • C5: Fixed the error shutdown after the result screen
  • Fixed some textures
  • Fixed minor bugs

アップデートしました(ビルド ID 260346)
  • DirectInput 形式のゲームパッド対応
  • アナログスティックを調整
  • 一部の環境で描画にウェイトがかかっていた問題を修正
  • 「VIDEO SETTINGS」内に「QUALITY SETTINGS」の項目を追加
  • C1、2回目の「鰺刺」(アジサシ)の砲台配置がずれていたのを修正
  • C2、地下シーンで一部ブロックが急に画面に出現していたのを修正
  • C5、ボス戦リザルト表示後にエラーで終了する場合があったのを修正
  • 一部のエフェクト、テクスチャの修正
  • 他、バグ修正など

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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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
This is as close to the Dreamcast build as it gets, the perfect way to experience Ikaruga in the age of digital displays.
  • Developed and published by Treasure
  • Supports both DirectInput and Xinput
  • Extensive screen rotation and heads-up-display placement options
  • Online scoreboard with replay function
  • HD art assets with gallery
  • NESiCAxLive arcade build based off Steam build
Posted: October 1
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
WARNING

NO REFUGE
Posted: October 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
It's amazing get it now!
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
It's more of a puzzle game than a shoot-em-up at times, but that doesn't stop it from being really enjoyable. Challenging in all the right ways, and a blast to play.
Posted: October 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Its not tuhu but its ikarugi 3/5
Posted: October 19
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
There's really not much to say about this game. It's a decent shootemup with little to diffirentiate itself from other games. If you like playing a game over and over again to beat your high score and perfect your plays, then this is the game for you. Otherwise, you'll play through the game in an hour using continues and feel underwhelmed.
Posted: October 5
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2.0 hrs on record
Good port, good fun. It's not going to grip you for a ton of hours, but you're going to get some good time out of it.

It's a bullet hell game. Five levels, and you get ranked based on your performance. The game is kind of all about trying for the best rank. You can complete all five levels in around an hour or so in one run, but the challenge is doing it without continuing and while getting a good rank. It's considered cheating to have infinite continues.

If your monitor can swivel and pivot, it's fun to play with the intended vertical aspect ratio the game was designed for.
Posted: September 24
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3.9 hrs on record
Cant get pass third stage, 10/10 would buy again.
Posted: October 19
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15.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
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35.7 hrs on record
The best SHMUP ever made. Finishing the game is a challenge in itself for new players, but there's a whole other layer of difficulty below the surface which you'll only discover when going for the higher ranks and scores. Every level is meticulously designed to be completely possible but also fiendishly difficult at the same time - every single enemy is placed in such a way that with perfect memory, technique and skill you can maintain your maximum chain throughout the entire stage which you'll need to do to attain the higher ranks. This game will take hundreds of hours to master - I can only get an S++ rank on Chapter 1, and I have probably spent 400+ hours on this game across three platforms (GameCube, Xbox 360 and Steam) since I first played it in 2003.

Oh and it has beautiful artwork and stellar music too. Incredible game.
Posted: October 1
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20.6 hrs on record
awesome shooter game, but super mind numbing. this game is able to make you think like a puzzle and destroy some serious alien ships :P
Posted: October 9
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3.3 hrs on record
This game is the best bullet-hell game out there. For those who need a real challenge, this is the game for you.

9/10
Posted: October 5
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4.2 hrs on record
Classic bullet hell shooter. Can't for the life of me play this game in legit default arcade mode, but boy is it gorgeous and fun. The only thing missing is for Einhander to be ported to the PC, but this is the next closest thing in terms of the combination of beauty, challenge, and fun.
Posted: October 24
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Great Game , runs really smooth. I do notice framerate hiccups of 1 frame of animation now and then but it's nothing to complain about. This game is really friendly for anyone who is new to the genre of bullet hell style shootings as you can turn on Free Play from the get go in the options menu of the game and play with unlimited continues. You can even modify the lives you can start with and more. But be aware- if you modify certain options other then the default setting you don't qualify to have replays saved or your high scores saved - it will simply say not available. I guess this is to deter people from unfairly getting good scores in the Free Play (unlimited continues mode) . But it helps newbies learn the game mechanics with a no pressure system. And it's only 5 bucks during the Summer Sale so there is no reason why you should not get it.

Now if only Trigger Heart Excelica and Radiant Silvergun could get released.....

Posted: June 19
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
With the additions of leaderboards, replays and higher resolution support, this is definitive version of the Arcade, Gamecube and Dreamcast bullethell classic.

If you have any interest in the genre, pick it up. I promise you that you won't regret it.
Posted: June 20
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Ikaruga is a diamond- beautiful, and also REALLY REALLY HARD. The difficulty is probably discouraging for some, but for players who enjoy trying again and again and feeling the improvement every time they try, this here is top tier. I've worn the Ikaruga as my internet face for ten years now; let that be testament to how much I love this game.

I mean, I'm awful at it. But I love it.
Posted: June 21
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
131.9 hrs on record
I first played Ikaruga for the GameCube and instantly fell in love with it. At first I treated it like any other shooter before I even started learning how to chain combos properly. The combo system is where this game really shines, it turns from a "shut your brain off and shoot enemies", to a fast paced twitch puzzle game. I've spent countless hours on the GameCube version of the game and the PC port holds up well. When you get into the groove of the polarity switching and memorize enemy patterns there really is no limit to what you can do next to improve your score.

What kept me playing is i never felt like I’ve hit a plateau in what kind of score i could achieve, there is always positive reinforcement to keep playing because you can see what the guy ahead of you on the leaderboard has done... don't go way above your means and watch the number 1 player and think I’ll never be able to do that... watch the guy who's only 2 million points ahead of you and mimic the style he's using... you'll quickly learn that the game that's touted as "impossibly hard", is actually very doable to get a high score.

I recommend giving it a fair chance turn the BGM off and play some of your own chillout tunes and enter the meditation that is Ikaruga.

Pros
-very forgiving hitbox often times you feel like "how did i just survive that?!", rather than "oh man how did i die there!?"
-mesmerizingly intelligent level scripting.
-addictive
-intuitive design
-perfect integration of the Microsoft controller, and also very good response when linking a ps3 controller via 3rd party apps.

Cons
-no longer has slow mo, and training that was included in the GameCube release.
Posted: June 20
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
This is a classic shooter that's hard but fun. Unlike the Gamecube version, you can have unlimited credits. The 360 controller works nice with the game. I paid $5, which was less than I'd spend trying to play it in the arcade.

If you like hard shooters and want more arcade shooters in Steam, support it.

Posted: July 25
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
True Japanese shooter
1. Bullet Hell
2. Insanely Hard
3. Great MUSIC
4. Little sayings that make no sense..

I have spent hours on this game = 1 acheivement.
I can't get past level 2.

Get It!
Posted: July 22
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
If you have too much happiness in your life then this is the game for you.
Posted: June 28
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