Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 10, 2014
    92
    Infuriatingly difficult, but perfectly constructed. Ikaruga is the PC's best bullet-hell shooter.
  2. Feb 20, 2014
    90
    Treasure’s cult 2D shooter remains as uniquely entertaining as always, and surprisingly well adapted for a modern PC.
  3. Mar 10, 2014
    86
    Ikaruga on PC is the same great classic shooter seen on the other platforms.
  4. CD-Action
    Jun 28, 2014
    50
    A banal puzzle game disguised as a shoot-em'up. [05/2014, p.55]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Feb 20, 2014
    10
    Fantastic PC port with some new polish and features (nothing game changing). Plenty of options for configuring the game, hud, screen layout,Fantastic PC port with some new polish and features (nothing game changing). Plenty of options for configuring the game, hud, screen layout, and resolution. They really thought this through when porting to PC, and it puts away the stereotype that all Japanese game developers are crap at making PC games. Full Review »
  2. Jan 13, 2015
    8
    Finally a good shootemup. It has been a long time I played such games. The idea to change polarities is genious and makes the gameplayFinally a good shootemup. It has been a long time I played such games. The idea to change polarities is genious and makes the gameplay complex. The bosses are interesting, the graphics good, just like the music. What I liked the most is the fact, that when you died, you play with the same amount of power like before. You remember your anger in the earlier shootemup, when you built up your ship and suddenly it is destroeyd and now you have no chance to continue? This do not happen here.
    But...
    This game is ridiculous difficult, even on easy mode. So you have to memorise everything. Or you play for free, that means, you have unlimited lives. In addition it is very short, you just need 25 minutes to play through. 8/10 for me
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  3. Mar 15, 2014
    9
    The graphics are minimalists but Ikaruga isn't about aesthetics.
    It is about a pure and extremely demanding gameplay and getting up the
    The graphics are minimalists but Ikaruga isn't about aesthetics.
    It is about a pure and extremely demanding gameplay and getting up the leaderboard.

    I love it and keep coming back to it. A little bit everyday without fail.
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