The “shooter fan’s shooter,” Ikaruga is a cult classic with unique polarity-switching gameplay. By changing the color of your ship to match the enemy, you can absorb their bullets instead of taking damage. Max out and chain your attacks to earn bonuses and get higher scores!
IkarugaThe “shooter fan’s shooter,” Ikaruga is a cult classic with unique polarity-switching gameplay.

Shoot! Dodge! And… get hit!?!

Ikaruga is a “cult classic” vertical shoot ‘em up that features unique, polarity-switching gameplay. The game’s story follows a rebel pilot named Shinra, as he battles an enemy nation using a specially-designed fighter called the Ikaruga, which can switch between two polarities: black or white. This polarity mechanic is the game’s key feature and the foundation for its stage and enemy design.
All enemies and bullets in the game are either black or white. Bullets that are the same color as the player’s ship can be absorbed, while the opposite color will do damage.


• A cult classic vertical shooter with spectacular 3D graphics
• Pilot a sleek Ikaruga fighter and face off against enemy ships while avoiding obstacles and other dangers
• Switching the polarity of your ship between black and white lets you absorb bullets of the same color, while opposite colored bullets do damage
• As bullets are absorbed, your homing laser attack becomes up to 10x more powerful than a standard shot
• Five stages with elegant level design and challenging boss battles
• Two game modes include Arcade and Prototype, with single-player and two-player (local) cooperative modes
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Ikaruga Ratings & Reviews

  • 96%
    Critics Recommend
  • 88
    Top Critic Average
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by Michael Chow
85 / 100
Overall, Ikaruga remains a treasure in the shoot 'em up genre due to its tight gameplay, challenge, and overall design.
PC Gamer
by Tom Senior
92 / 100
Infuriatingly difficult, but perfectly constructed. Ikaruga is the PC's best bullet-hell shooter.
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by Roger Hargreaves
9 / 10
Treasure’s cult 2D shooter remains as uniquely entertaining as always, and surprisingly well adapted for a modern PC.
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Ikaruga System Requirements



OS versionWindows 10
OS versionWindows 10
CPUIntel Core i5-2300 | AMD FX-6350
CPUCore i5-3470 | AMD FX-8350
Memory4GB RAM
Memory8 GB RAM
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB / AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB
DirectXDirectX 11
Storage512 MB available space
Storage512 MB available space
SoundCardDirectX Compatible Sound Card
SoundCardDirectX Compatible Sound Card
Additional input deviceGamepad
Languages Supported
  • Audio: N/A
  • Text: English, Japanese
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