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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.
Release Date: Feb 18, 2014
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Updated (Build 215401)

March 19th, 2014

  • Fixed shutdown error in some environments
  • Loading
    - Fixed slow loading in some fullscreen environments
    - Added "load_retry" option in boot.txt
    - Added "load_all" option in boot.txt (for rich memory PC)
    * boot.txt is a config file which is created in local folder
  • Fixed audio noise when many effects are played at once
  • Change subtitle textures to HD, and Screen layout tweak
  • Fixed other minor bugs

アップデートしました (ビルドID 215401)
  • 環境によって、終了時にエラーが出ていた問題を修正
  • ロード関連
    - 環境によって、フルスクリーン時にロードが遅くなっていたのを修正
    - boot.txt に "load_retry" の項目を追加(読み込みエラー対策)
    - boot.txt に "load_all" の項目を追加(メモリの多い PC 向け)
    * boot.txt はローカルフォルダに作成される起動設定ファイルです
  • 多くの効果音が一度に再生された際の音割れを修正
  • 字幕をHD化、画面レイアウト微調整
  • 他、バグ修正など

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Updated (Build 200196)

February 26th, 2014

  • Support Offline Mode
  • Adjusting the frame rate when not use Vsync
    - closer to 60fps
    - fix ultra speed bug in some environments
  • Adding "SHOW FPS" option in ADVANCED SETTINGS.
  • Fixed achievement icons and other minor bugs

アップデートしました (ビルドID 200196)
  • オフラインモードのサポート
  • VSync が使用できない時のフレームレートの調整
    - 60fps により近くなるように調整
    - 一部の環境でゲームスピードが速すぎになるバグの修正
  • 詳細設定にフレームレート表示オプションを追加
  • 実績アイコンの修正。その他、バグ修正

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About the 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
Helpful customer reviews
208 of 258 people (81%) found this review helpful
80 products in account
32 reviews
6.1 hrs on record
The world's defining bullet hell shooter is on Steam, all of it in Full HD glory and 60fps! I had a look in the options menu, and there are lots of options in there to fine tune the game to your liking. It's no lazy port, that's one thing for sure. Playing through a bit of Chapter 1, there are no performance losses whatsoever.

Thank you Treasure, for bringing this gem of a game to PC for a new generation of gamers to enjoy! And have their lives ruined forever (in a really good way)!
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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89 of 111 people (80%) found this review helpful
504 products in account
3 reviews
25.1 hrs on record
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!
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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96 of 125 people (77%) found this review helpful
191 products in account
5 reviews
6.4 hrs on record
As bullet hell shooters go, there isn't one as excellently realized as Ikaruga is. In this one, you are able to freely change the polarity of your ship between light and dark. Doing so allows you to absorb enemy attacks of the same color as you, and do additional damage to enemies of the opposite color. Destroying an enemy of the same color as you will produce suicide bullets (which you will either need to avoid or absorb). Absorbing shots charges a special attack, which once activated, sends a volley of polarized missiles across the screen.
This polarity mechanic takes a shooter that would have been excellent on its own, and makes it so much more.
If you're at all a fan of this particular genre of shooter, and haven't played Ikaruga, this is an excellent version of the game to play it for the first time. It lacks the online multiplayer which was found in the Xbox Live Arcade version, but is 5 bucks cheaper (and seeing how the XBL coop was a laggy mess, it isn't a huge deal for it to be missing here.)
What's added in this version is the ability to solo man two ships (if you think the game is a cakewalk as it is or something), local multiplayer support, as well as numerous screen rotation options.
It's a great version of what is quite possibly one of the best video games ever made! What're you waiting for?!
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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60 of 81 people (74%) found this review helpful
259 products in account
2 reviews
3.2 hrs on record
So far this is a great port. Runs as smoothly as one would expect, is based on the absolute latest version of the game (NESiCAxLive arcade release), works well with xinput gamepad/arcade stick, and will run in whatever your desktop resolution is set to (looks great supersampled).

It's also an excellent game, of course. Don't use continues.
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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68 of 101 people (67%) found this review helpful
57 products in account
3 reviews
0.7 hrs on record
I'll probably end up redoing this review since I haven't played it much...

Ikaruga is a bullethell-style shmup with a special polarity mechanic. You can absorb bullets that are the same polarity as your ship and do double damage to enemies that are of the opposite polarity. This game is not for the faint of heart - the volume of bullets rivals that of CAVE's shooters or even Fraxy or Touhou Danmakufu (the latter two being shmups built around player-made bosses).

Graphics: Beautiful but dated. The game was original made for arcade units back in 2001, as well as the SEGA dreamcast, and while the polygon count and texture resolution has increased with subsequent releases the lighting quality has not. Also, this game is hard.

Soundtrack: One of the best. Epic and driving at the same time. Also, this game is hard.

Gameplay: Simplicity is a good thing when it comes to shmups - you want to make the game mechanics as easy to memorize as possible so the player can concentrate on what's on screen. Ikaruga definately delivers in this category. Also, this game is hard.

Story: Kinda hard to describe. Think of it as a semi-sequel of Radient Silvergun, in a time loop that deviated from previous loops. Also, this game is hard.

Notes: This game has had reports of crashing on startup, however in most cases simply restarting Steam fixes the problem. This game has been previously released on multiple platforms. Also, this game is hard.

Breakdown:

Graphics: 6/10
Soundtrack: 9/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Story: 6/10

Recommended for: People who enjoy very hard games, fans of bullethell games.
Not recommended for: People who can't handle losing.

Bottom line: An iconic game that is a must-have for any shmup fan. Also, this game is hard.
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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