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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.