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 (652 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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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
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
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!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
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.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Ikaruga is amazing not just because it's a good game. It challenges you to master YOURSELF, since completing every level is a matter of keeping your cool, achieving almost a zen-like status and fighting ever onward for further mastery.

As you play, duality becomes a thing of second nature and every level is like a yin/yang dance of beauty. It's not just a video game. It's art.

10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
This game is hard as hell.

Patience, this game requieres skill.

If you manage to dedicate yourself to uncover the secrets requiered to finish this game. you will like it.

if you like easy challenge. you will not like it.

RECOMMENDED
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Playing this game and listening to it's music is the best alternative to viagra.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
I am going to die with regret.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Great bullet-hell game and will make you want to keep playing to perfect it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
please buy this game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
do you like games that you can shot things and they blow up? Do you like old school games like dreamcast and sega saturn ?Then you will love this shump. you should buy this game that is plain and simple you will love it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This game. So good. Get.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
One of the best schmups ever released. You'll find yourself coming back time and time again for the addictive challenge this game presents. I recommend this one for everyone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Racist Masterpiece
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Hey scrublord, think you're good at games? Well? Do ya? Sure you have your moments, but no, don't purchase this game unless you're MLG, HARDCORE at space shooters.

I couldn't even get past level 3 on easy with tons of continues.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Never experienced a bullet hell game? Well you're about to. As well as extreme depression.

Fun game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Nothing like getting your balls crushed between polarities before a vacation.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I've played many arcade scrolling shooters in my lifetime. In fact, it's my main genre of choice when talking favourites. After a while shmups all start to look and feel the same, and they become very predictable as you can often carry over tactics from one shmup to the next. Ikaruga, however, caught me by surprise.

In this shooter, not only are your reflexes put to the test, but so is your brain. Ikaruga is a genius mix of puzzle and action, where touching bullets is ok, in fact, encouraged in order to score high.

Enemies fire black and white bullets, and your ship can change between black and white. If your ship is white, touching a white bullet will absorb it and store its energy in a reserve which you may expend on a large blast that eliminates a large number of enemies on the screen at once. Same goes for when your ship is black and you touch a black bullet. However, touching a bullet of the opposite colour means the destruction of your ship and a loss of a life. Scoring is done by shooting enemies of the same colour in threes, so three whites or three blacks in a row will earn you a point on your chain counter. Breaking the combo with an enemy of the opposite colour destroys your chain and will hinder your score greatly, making the player carefully pick their targets and the best path through the stages, balancing risk and reward.

Now, take that concept and imagine it in one of the craziest bullet hell shooters you've seen. You get a frantic puzzle action game that will confuse your brain so hard and push your mental capacity to its limits!! It's pretty much one of the greatest game concepts of all time, and its execution is absolutely spot on! With its three difficulty settings, even players new to the genre can appreciate this one given some time to learn the mechanics, while the veterans to the genre will appreciate the higher difficulty settings and get plenty of hours worth of game time before they get to see the ending.

If great gameplay isn't enough, then just know that the game's aethestics are absolutely top tier. Even my friends who generally dislike arcade games are in awe at this title. This game is ridiculously artistic, featuring poetry in between stages, a musical score that while not upbeat, fits PERFECTLY to the mood the game is trying to convey, and some of the most creative stages and bosses I've ever seen in a game. The colour changing mechanic doesn't only apply to the gameplay, but the entire game itself embraces it. Ikaruga oozes with style, and has a way to make you feel emotions while playing. After completing the game for my first time I remember staring at the screen in awe, reflecting on everything that just happened and thinking about all the events that occured all throughout the game. I even shed a tear or two...

People argue that video games are art. This game is the perfect rebuttal to any doubts.

Buy it.

Now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Featured in Bullet Heaven HD, episode 59 (XBLA)

***Behold, the lost episode of Season 3! In this episode of Bullet Heaven, we take a look at the fantastic Ikaruga, released on XBLA in 2008. Simplicity and beauty come together with brutal difficulty and sublime control... but how does it stack up? ***

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doH-4GLXcSo
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