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Ikaruga GameCube



Publisher: Atari

Players: 1 - 2

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ESRB Rating: EveryoneESRB Information

Overall Rating?.? / 10

The story originates in the land of Horai, which used to be just a small island nation. But several years ago, one of the most powerful men of the nation, Tenro Horai, discovered the Ubusunagami Okinokai Ė the Power of the Gods. This energy emanated from an object he dig up from deep within the earth and gave him powers of unimaginable strength. Soon after, Tenro and his followers, who called themselves the "Divine Ones," began to conquer other nations one by one. They saw themselves as "The Chosen People" and carried out their conquests in, "the name of peace".

Meanwhile, a freedom federation called Tenkaku emerged to challenge the Horai. By using fighter planes called Hitekkai, they fought with the hope of freeing the world from the Horaiís conquests. But all their efforts were in vain. They lost battle after battle and were eventually wiped out completely. Miraculously, however, one young man survived. His name was Shinra.

Refusing to accept defeat, Shinra set off again for Horai to wage another battle. This time he was shot down. He crashed in a remote village called Ikaruga, inhabited by a group of aged people who had been forced into exile there as by Horaiís conquests. Kazamori, the village leader, and the other inhabitants pulled Shinra from the wreckage of his plane and nursed him back to health. Once he regained his strength, Shinra announced that he was determined to continue battling Horai. The villagers entrusted him with a fighter plane that they had built themselves called the Ikaruga.





18 different fighting stages

Vertical and horizontal play options

An extensive fable told throughout the game

A variety of strategies, including the advanced "Bullet Eater" technique

Massive points awarded for orderly "chain attacks"

A slow-motion gameplay option

Fight the evil Horai with a friend in two-player co-op mode

IGN Cube:
"Call me an old-school gamer, a shooter freak, or what have you, but I will buy Ikaruga. It's just that good. Sure, it's a bit on the short side, but Ikaruga is a fantastic example of clever game design. Slap on some beautifully modeled visuals, a fitting soundtrack, and fantastic effects, and we have a winner."

"Incredibly innovative, wickedly addictive gameplay is the compelling reason to pick this up. It's pure genius - every enemy in the game is either black or white and shoots bullets of that color... After a few sessions, you won't be able to put it down for a long, long time."


"Anyone who appreciates what makes a truly great game should be able to recognize Ikaruga for its elegant design, aesthetic beauty, and sheer challenge. Ikaruga takes 20 years of great ideas in game design and manages to put a new spin on them, making a game that's both familiar and utterly unique."


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