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 (638 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
7 of 7 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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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.

I'll give it 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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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1 of 1 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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.6 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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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game is amazing
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2 of 13 people (15%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Mickey Hard Hat is one of the best games i've experienced as a gamer ive experienced is one of the best games is Mickey Hard Hat

When the bad shooting men come to do the bad shooting it is almost certainly up to MIckey Hard Hat to use his multi colored shooties to put a stop to this tragedy.

I died and I fried my graphics card trying to run this game I reccomend it if you like shootng men and making hen and I really need someone to call the cops because he has a gun and I'm scared I just want tot see her smiling face again it's all i want I don't even care if I die I just want to tell her i love her and to not be scared because i am going to a better place and that better place is in fact the video game that has come to be known as Mickey Hard Hat

NIne/one/one (That mean call cop)

12/10
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
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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2.9 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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17.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
10/10 - the definitive top-down shooter.
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
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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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Note: I've played a decent amount of this game on the gamecube port. Ikaruga is gorgeous. Ikaruga will beat you into the ground, destroy your soul, and tell you that you are terrible at shmups. And you'll just keep coming back for more.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
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.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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.....

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
131.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
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.
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
If you have too much happiness in your life then this is the game for you.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 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
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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