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:
Recent:
Very Positive (32 reviews) - 93% of the 32 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (983 reviews) - 96% of the 983 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 18, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c support
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Recent:
Very Positive (32 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (983 reviews)
Recently Posted
May
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Play it.
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daoko
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Amazing game. Always has been since the Dreamcast!
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hail2thekingash
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
I missed this game when it originally came out for the dreamcast but have was lucky enough to enjoyed it on the gamecube. Discovered that it was available on steam durring the most recent summer sale and have to say that it really is everything i remember and more. It is still a visually stimulating and complex game that demands more than just twitch gaming reflexes to survive.

I havent spent much time with this version yet but it is exactly what i remember the game to be so far. my only complaint is that i feel like i need a controller or joystick to get a better experience and so far my xbox controller hasn't been able to work for this game.
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Kutz
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Going to the moon is easier than this game ! Awesome !
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† Ángel xD †
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
My ex-best friend liked this game and made me buy it. Therefore, I cannot give it a positive rating. That being said, though, the game is pretty fun and interesting.
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NickGR
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
One of the best, if not the best, Arcade Shoot Em Up now on Steam.
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Eesha
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
More than a game an haiku.
I don't want to go to deep to describe it because it's a pleasure to be discovered by themself.
Have patiecence.
I play it in small burst and I can see that everytime I can go a bit further(playing default mode 3 lives no continue enemies send back projectiles) and meanwhile I'm shaking and trying to stay alive I can see the rules of the game revealed to my eyes.
It is something special seeing all the parts of Ikaruga coming toghether, like a soothing mantra it will teach you without forcing anything.
In the hope we get more Treasure on Steam and everywhere!
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currerbell82
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I first encountered Ikaruga on my beloved Dreamcast console. I came across the Steam version purely by luck and just had to buy it! This is the most amazingly difficult traditional shooter I have ever played. The difficulty may put some players off but it just makes me want to practise over and over until I get things right! I play this game using a quality pair of headphones which makes the great music even more of an experience. Amazing game which I highly recommend to all.
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dirty_soap_dish
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Still my favorite bullet-hell shooter of all time and still my favorite Rage-Quite episode of all time.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I first encountered Ikaruga on my beloved Dreamcast console. I came across the Steam version purely by luck and just had to buy it! This is the most amazingly difficult traditional shooter I have ever played. The difficulty may put some players off but it just makes me want to practise over and over until I get things right! I play this game using a quality pair of headphones which makes the great music even more of an experience. Amazing game which I highly recommend to all.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Simple rule of the game:

Everything on the screen will kill you, unless it's a power up - so basically the same that's going to kill you.
Sounds confusing?
Well, it is!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Going to the moon is easier than this game ! Awesome !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
One of the best, if not the best, Arcade Shoot Em Up now on Steam.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
More than a game an haiku.
I don't want to go to deep to describe it because it's a pleasure to be discovered by themself.
Have patiecence.
I play it in small burst and I can see that everytime I can go a bit further(playing default mode 3 lives no continue enemies send back projectiles) and meanwhile I'm shaking and trying to stay alive I can see the rules of the game revealed to my eyes.
It is something special seeing all the parts of Ikaruga coming toghether, like a soothing mantra it will teach you without forcing anything.
In the hope we get more Treasure on Steam and everywhere!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Amazing game. Always has been since the Dreamcast!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
421 of 485 people (87%) found this review helpful
311 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Buy Ikaruga if you think Dark Souls is too easy.
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210 of 231 people (91%) found this review helpful
104 people found this review funny
Recommended
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Ikaruga is a harsh mistress. She is a love you cannot conquer, she is a complex beauty who demands perfection. Your best will never truly please her, she will make you feel inadequate at every moment, and yet you cannot stop trying to win her heart. When you are with her, any mistake you make will sting a thousand times worse. And she will make you furious, she will make you cry, she will drive you crazy, but you cannot stop loving her, because there is nothing else in the world that can compare to what she is.

Pros:
- She is perfection.

Cons:
- You are not.

Other thoughts:
- achievements are not broken down to different game play modes (easy/normal/hard/prototype mode). Also, Dot Eater is not linked to any level, you can get it in any mode.
- extra "double play" game modes not found in the console version.
- almost every combination of screen rotations are supported, which is great. It looks incredible on a pivot monitor.
- the game select at the start does not show the player character anymore (it uses the high score screen background instead)
- no training mode options to restart a level (you will need this a lot), or to start mid-level (GCN version had this I believe).
- to unlock a level on any difficulty, you just have to credit feed the game on easy mode. This also gets you the achievements for beating a boss. On the Dreamcast, you could only use training on levels you managed to reach with 1 credit, on the specific difficulty you reached it with.
- you cannot define analog axes as buttons, so on a non-xbox pad you may not be able to configure a trigger for the laser release. But the game supports just about any non-xinput pad other than this, which is great.
- when using level select to play the Final stage, the Stone-Like sequence is omitted! Boo!
- Downloaded replays tend to desync more often than not, what is up with that?
- tip: some levels are easier to get S++ score on with prototype mode.
- where's Radiant Silvergun?
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196 of 227 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
After roughly 4000+ hours in this game over all the console versions. I still feel like nobody ever quite explained it as well as Greg Kasavin did, so here's his review. Notice this is the GameCube version he's reviewing, and all versions have very slight differences, but the XBLA version added the most "features" so to speak, and that's mainly what we got with this version. It fixed a lot of things the XBLA port got wrong from the arcade and DC/GC versions. My only nitpick is, they didn't include online co-op which the 360 version had, which hopefully they'll patch in at a later date. And there are people who have latency issues with the game at the moment so hopefully that's fixed fast. I also really hope Treasure VAC protects the game at some point as well. Another sad thing I guess is, the previously announced Trading Cards are now no longer happening, apparantly, the store page isn't even listing them anymore even though Treasure themselves confirmed them...

So, best review of the game ever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4fzFvQzWtw

Go buy it!
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274 of 342 people (80%) found this review helpful
344 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2015
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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