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 (692 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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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
180 of 212 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 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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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This Shoot Em Up game is one of the best of it's genre.
It is hard and it feels rewarding to beat the stage without taking hits.
The gimmick of switching between black and white stand is fun, you collect the same color pellets for the so called bomb power.
If you like games like Touhou or Gradius, this game is for you.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
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
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
this is the business-class airline ticket to bull-sh|tville.

Okay jokes aside, it's definitely one of the hardest shmup I've played. Its unique polarity mechanic provides interesting gameplay and difficulty unique to its own way, Ikaruga keeps players vigilant since it might catch the players off guard when they are collecting projectiles to charge your homing laser, there might be a bullet of opposing polarity hidden beneath the huge numbers of bullets you're trying to absorb, or giving players short time to make decision on which polarity they should switch to while being surrounded by huge numbers of bullets more than enough to block the sun.

the non-gameplay elements are impressive, eye-pleasing art-style and ship designs, another aspect that stick out the most is the soundtracks. Nothing gets you pumped up more than listening to the music accompanied with flying through the beautifully designed background. albeit I ought to say it might need some polish on its 3d renders.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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23 of 35 people (66%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
This is one of the best games I've played. When I found out it was on PC I jumped at the chance to get it. It's difficult, fun, quick, and clever. The art draws you in, the music holds you there, and the action makes you lose yourself in this masterpiece.

Difficlult, twitchy and better than I remamber it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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.
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25 of 44 people (57%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Playing this game and listening to it's music is the best alternative to viagra.
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
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.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
10/10 - the definitive top-down shooter.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
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.
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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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.9 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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 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 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
This is one game that's worth the praise it gets.

Here's hoping Treasure releases Radiant Silvergun on Steam someday...
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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