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
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.
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).
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.