Summary: If i were to recommend one vertical or manic shooter, it would definitely be Ikaruga. It offers so much more than just the hectic dodging and shooting like other vertical shooters. Offering to switch from white to black is the perfect way for someone to either gain more points, or keeping it safe, making it perfect for hardcore gamers and casual ones. Playing with a friend is also a fun experience and i would highly recommend this title.
Summary: If you're a shoot 'em up fan and have yet to play Ikaruga...HUGE SHAME ON YOU. It was made by 2D gods Treasure and if that doesn't sell you... nothing will. Ikaruga has you playing as a pilot who has to (yet again) save the world. The entire trick to the game though is the switching between your ships color black or white.
Summary: This game is just fantastic. Really simple but addicting... One of a kind experience. I haven't really had a game like this before, for it's just about 25 minutes long. But it is hard... even in easy mode I still keep on dying all the time, and there is still the chain combos that will keep you playing for tens of hours. Every wave of enemies is like a puzzle that you have to figure out and solve.
Summary: Simply, its just a Unlooked treasure of a game. Myself and hundreds of others count ourselves lucky to play such a gem of a game! If its not too late, try this game, definitely one of the best games out there, and one of the best games on a truly unique console, the GC!
Summary: I've always loved shooters like this and played them in the arcades (in the 80s and early 90s) all the time. R-type...1943 (i got to the last boss on 10p!)..Tiger Shark...but without doubt, this is the best shoot em up i've ever played. There were times early on when i felt like giving up on this (especially after seeing the high scores at ikaruga.co.uk) as it's a very tough game. At first some sections can seem overwhelmingly tough...
Excerpt: "...addictive and good fun, Would Ikaruga be a classic or a disappointment read on to find out! History ********* Ikaruga Created by Atari. Ikaruga first came out on the Dreamcast. Then the Gamecube in May 2003. The story ************ The story starts on a small island called Horai. But a man Tenro Horai discovered the power of the Gods, Ubusunagami Okinokai. Tenro Started to take over nations in the name of so called peace. A freedom Federation ...
Pros: Gameplay is top notch, good graphics and sound .
Summary: Treasure dazzle again with that special brand of gaming bliss fans have come to expect - frenzied 2D action with the emphasis on an addictive core gameplay mechanics, rather than superfluous graphical effects that have increasingly come to typify modern game development. Ikaruga is a game based on a single, maddeningly addictive concept, and a supremely realised risk/reward structure.
Yet another 5-star review, let me tell you exactly why!
Oliver Jackson, amazon.co.uk
27 March 2004
Summary: Ikaruga is the best 2D shooter I have ever played, bar none- and I have played a lot of them! The fact the there is a practice mode where you can re-play every specific section of every level over and over again just shows how difficult this game is. It's not frustratingly difficult however, as every time you play it you will improve.
Summary: If a gamecube is under your TV and you cant get anything challenging/enjoyable for it then stop and take a look at this! If you have any appreciation for sprites or old skool gaming then this is the ultimate in beauty! It starts off at a pace most standard gamers can handle and the second level can be done just with just mindless blasting! but struggle to take the time for this game an it repays through showboating.
A game that changes all scrolling shooter games to date!
Adil Ahmed "Ninja Boy!", amazon.co.uk
20 February 2004
Summary: This has to be one of the most addictive yet intuitive games out there. the special feature about this game is the fact that you can change your aircrafts colour between Black and White. this means that if your craft is white then you can absorb all the white bullets that are shot at you. (and vice-versa with the black) The game has loads of unlokables and a mode called Challenge mode.