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 (651 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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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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3 of 3 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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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
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
A very poignant commentary on race relations in the US during the 60's. 10/10 would play again
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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
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This rare Dreamcast and Gamecube gem is now back on PC and I would say its the definitve edition.
Leaderboards and graphic options are some of the highlights.

The two-color feature, which some people may know from Ubisofts "Outland", was firstly introduced Ikaruga.
You can absorb the same colored bullets and do double damage to opposite colored.

Its fast and yeah...some people are right to tag it with bullet hell, but still easier than any other real bullet hell
shmup out there. Give it a try, it will train your godlike reflex-skills.... (^_^)

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I am not alive, thus I can't die. I won't give up even if my Ideal isn't fulfilled.
My will, just as my regrets, won't ever end.
My comrades... it is time.


Ikaruga, developed by a core team of five people at Treasure with some outside help from G.rev took the setting and foundations of Radiant Silvergun and mixed in the polarity mechanic from Silhouette Mirage.
Words simply cannot express why this game is such a masterpiece, but I guess I can try.

Ikaruga is a bullet hell shoot 'em up, you may be familiar with the genre by Touhou but this is more among the lines of DoDonPachi or Mushihimesama. Your ship has two polarities and can switch at will, only bullets of the opposite polarity can kill you, same polarity bullets can be absorbed to charge up your homing laser.
This simple polarity mechanic adds a whole new layer of depth to a game where you would usually shoot everything and try not to die, "Dot Eater" becomes an effective strategy where you just absorb same polarity bullets and retaliate with your homing laser. Not only that but stages take advantage of this mechanic adding a puzzle element to it, where switching polarities according to the hazards becomes a necessity.
There's also the chaining mechanic where killing three enemies of the same polarity awards a "Chain" where keeping the chain up nets you BIG scores. Shmuppers and 1CCers will have a grand old time looking how to score high in here, some may pull their hairs hearing "1 CHAIN, 2 CHAIN, 3 CH- 1 CHAIN, 1 CHAIN"
The Steam version follows the NESICAxLive version so it's updated and fixed most of the bugs present in the XBLA version, not to mention that Treasure has been doing a good job in keeping the game updated so far.
Reminder: this IS a Treasure game after all so expect the difficulty to be close to masochist levels at times.

Graphically, the game isn't all that impressive but damn it looks good. A big winner though is the artwork; the illustrations by Yasushi Suzuki look fantastic and I'd love to have them hanging as posters on my wall.
The real winner here is the soundtrack. With limited instrumentation and reusing the same melody in most songs, each song conveys a different feeling that matches the situation and it's absolutely glorious. You might already be familiar with "Butsutekkai" the boss theme if you've played I Wanna Be The Guy.

Oh yeah, there IS a plot but nobody cares about it. It's sorta good but it's better if you know Radiant Silvergun's plot too since the final enemy is the same.

In the end, Ikaruga is simply a MUST PLAY for anyone. Even if you're not a fan of the genre it should become pretty clear that this game is truly one of the best games ever conceived. I eagerly await more Treasure games in Steam (so how about that PC-exclusive sidescroller you mentioned Treasure?)

Until the day water droplets bore the stone... our path will be fraught with perils...
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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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