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  • Summary: Luftrausers is an arcade-style aerial combat shooter where ace pilots will be able to customize their own "rauser" and battle wily enemy fighters amongst the clouds or charge colossal battleships scattered across the open seas.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Mar 27, 2014
    95
    The easiest way to summarize Luftrausers is to call it the Hotline Miami of dogfighting games. It's incredibly difficult, but it's really good at sinking it's claws into you to keep you launching your planes onto the battlefield.
  2. Mar 18, 2014
    90
    If you strip away the Rauser parts and the catchy soundtrack, Luftrausers would still stand on its own because of its excellent gameplay. But those features add so much depth and excitement that they actually pushed me to become a better player.
  3. Apr 14, 2014
    85
    Luftrausers is a nice little getaway from the story-focused games that populate the landscape nowadays.
  4. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    Luftrausers may suffer from a few bugs and interface issues from time to time, but at its core is a magnificently modern aeronautic arcade experience.
  5. Mar 24, 2014
    80
    Luftrausers' opacity can be a source of annoyance, but after 20 hours, I can't say it's discouraged me from leaping right back into the skies after my latest in-game death.
  6. Mar 19, 2014
    80
    Luftrausers is a game that's easy to get lost in.
  7. Apr 7, 2014
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    Completely freaking worth the purchase. Yes, it's a pure arcade-style game with random enemies and one setting/stage for ten bucks, but the mechanics are so fine-tuned, the aesthetic's so unique, the crazy color palettes are just insane, and the part combinations make it very replayable. My favorite thing to do is just play the game with all random parts - just restarting with a new build each time. With just that one stage, I've put more hours into this than I did with Assassin's Creed IV, so that's something. Expand
  2. Mar 26, 2014
    10
    We've been waiting a long time for this one, and it's finally here. From the guys who brought us Ridiculous Fishing, Super Crate Box and Nuclear Throne, yet another title that screams "Vlambeer". What that means should be clear if you ever played any of their games. This game is the modern definition of arcade at its finest, having an easy to grasp concept, challenging difficulty and that certain "punch" that the dutch developing team is famous for. This game isn't an epic, but it certainly is epic fun if you just want to play a fun game without any strings attached. In "Luftrausers" (a somewhat nonsensical German-jibberish title), you play as an aircraft that shoots down other aircrafts. And boats. And Submarines. And other crazy stuff. There's not much more to it, really, but as simple as this formula might be, it's extremely effective at what it does. The handling of your little plane is extremely intuitive, it just feels so well balanced, an aspect that Vlambeer is known for. During the course of playing the game, you will unlock new parts for your little vehicle, giving you a total of 125 unique plane types to experiment with. Ever saw a flying nuke that shoots a laser from its front and bullets from its rear? Well, this is only one of the many combinations that you will try out in order to kill everything you see and survive. And surviving isn't easy, since in good old arcade fashion, the enemies aren't pushovers, and if you think you can relax for a moment, a barrage from a cunning ace pilot chasing you down will kick you straight back to reality. Time to kick back. And with style. This game oozes the latter, with its retro-ish graphics and its fantastic, dynamic soundtrack that changes depending on your loadout. Luftrausers is meant to be played in short boosts, just like in the arcade days, but because of its stellar, minimalistic gameplay, putting the controller down after 5 minutes is almost as difficult as the super-hard mode that hides somewhere in this little indie gem. If you like an easy to get into, fun game that is polished to near perfection by its devoted and beloved creators, take a look at Vlambeer's dogfighting indie casual arcade hardcore roguelike realtime kamikaze piloting simulator Luftrausers. Rauser included. Expand
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    9
    Luftrausers is the sequel to Luftrauser, a Flash game by Vlambeer. "What!?" You might say. "I'm paying ten bucks for a glorified Flash game!?" No, what you're paying ten bucks for is a very satisfying arcade aerial combat shoot-em-up game. Luftrausers is visually appealing to look at, from its well-done pixel art to its vaguely German aesthetic. The gameplay is also very appealing, as I have a soft spot for any game that lets me fling a plane around the skies spewing bullets at everything (see also Sine Mora.) The game's appeal is also enhanced by the soundtrack, a pumping electronic death march that changes as your plane is customized with different parts. It's important to note that watching the game may be a bit bothersome to follow with all the camera shake, but when playing it the motion is very fluid and somehow this makes it a bit easier to keep track of your Rauser. While the graphics may look dated and yes, there are a handful of bugs you might occasionally encounter, it's not nearly enough to diminish the game's fun factor. If you're still on the fence, you might want to go give Luftrauser (the original flash game) a try and see if you like this sort of thing.
    + Aerial combat -- always a plus in my opinion!
    + Appealing aesthetic
    + Exciting soundtrack
    + Lots of plane customization options
    + Simple yet addictive gameplay
    - A handful of bugs
    - Repetitive
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  4. Mar 26, 2014
    8
    i am reminded of an old game call Sopwith for DOS http://www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/sopwith/ . this game Luftrausers is actually quite fun despite the lack of color and rez there is plenty of replay and challenge as well as unlockable parts with different abilities. i just cant help but think that they could have done so much better with the look of it the gameplay is perfect tho i hope they make a Luftrausers 2 and make it look more awesome ;) . Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2014
    7
    Beautiful game.
    The ability to change the plane parts certainly does it for me
    Certainly worth the prize

    Only reason I only give this a 7
    is replayability, I put like 4 hours into this game and I've pretty much seen it all.
    Ofcourse I might pick it up for the 'time filler' once in a while, but I might as well play other Indie games to fill that time.

    Is the game good? HELL YES
    will it be my indie of the year, or be a game that will capture you for hours? Unfortunately not
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  6. Apr 5, 2014
    7
    I'm gonna go out on a limb and call Luftrausers overrated. Yeah. Here goes...

    I'm not saying it's bad...it's pretty neat for what it is.
    The game looks, and sounds awesome...and the whole free fall physics makes you feel like you're dog fighting.

    But, this novelty quickly wears off when you consider some of the game's shortcomings...which, in my opinion are numerous.

    The worst thing: too much screen shake. I found this incredibly disorienting and, coupled with the game's odd frame rate dips (I can't believe I'm getting frame drops on my rig for what's essentially a flash title) make it easy to lose track of your aircraft. At times, my craft will seemingly stick to one side of the screen for a while...unexpectedly.

    The sprites...I also have a bit of a problem with. Actually, they're more like outlines of sprites...and they don't contrast well with the background. Because your craft is essentially a silhouette, it's sometimes hard to get directional feedback as to which direction your are facing and because your thrusters blend seemlessly with the clouds...this too is disorientating.

    Maybe it's just me...but this stuff really bothered me while playing. I also have some very minor complaints about the game's controls, menus, etc. but they're not as important.

    But...hey...still pretty good. Got a rockin' soundtrack.
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  7. Mar 23, 2014
    6
    I was so looking forward to this game. While the gameplay is energetic, the controls tight and art style crunchy, the entertainment value does not hold up very long. It has about as much depth as a good flash game over at Kongregate, which is quite disappointing.

    Wait for a sale, this game is more suitable as a $4-6 USD game, not a $10-15.

    I expected so much more.
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