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The legendary Ikaruga is now available on Steam - tilt your monitors!

Jonathan Lester
Ikaruga, PC, PC games, SHMUP, Treasure

The legendary Ikaruga is now available on Steam - tilt your monitors!

Ikaruga is widely hailed as one of the best bullet hell/danmaku shooters ever made, and that's because it absolutely is. Treasure's superb arcade gem is beautiful, deep and involving, adding an extra tactical layer onto the hectic action thanks to its unique polarity mechanic, which allows players to instantly change between black and white forms to absorb incoming projectiles, avoid damage or dish out extra punishment at increased risk. It's wonderful; a genuinely essential experience for fans of the genre.

As you'd expect, PC owners snapped at a Steam Greenlight campaign within scant hours of its launch, and the finished product is now available for £6.99. Go.

Pro Tip: I should point out that Ikaruga is best played on a vertical orientation, with the option to rotate the screen in the options menu. If you can, I'd actually suggest tilting your PC monitor by 90º in order to enjoy the optimal gameplay and graphical experience (see below). It's a hilariously low-tech solution, and you'll feel a bit silly, but you won't care for long. We take no responsibility for any damage, mind!

The legendary Ikaruga is now available on Steam - tilt your monitors!

Yes, a port decanter containing a lightbulb is a very important tool in any game hack's arsenal. Thanks for asking!

I don't know if I'm necessarily going to review Ikaruga yet, seeing as we already know that it's incredible, but I can assure you that this PC port is utterly superb. In fact, it's quite possibly the best version of the seminal game yet. However, some users report that it's not playable in offline mode due to a bug (as opposed to DRM).

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X10  Feb. 19, 2014 at 14:46

Ohh Emm Gee! oO

JonLester  Feb. 19, 2014 at 20:52

Oh yeah, you're not wrong. Ikaruga is the daddy, and this is an exquisite port at a very generous price point.

Considering the thriving PC SHMUP indie/doujin scene and ease of distribution, I hope that Treasure (and CAVE!!!) will see the wisdom in bringing more legendary SHMUPS to the platform. There's an audience ready and waiting to fork over the cash.

I've updated the article with a clearer picture of my... low-tech... improvised arcade solution. Matt and Carl haven't stopped laughing yet, but I'll show them. I'll show them all!

Last edited by JonLester, Feb. 19, 2014 at 20:54
Zeipher  Feb. 19, 2014 at 23:39

Hands up if you've ever finished it!

ChrisHyde  Feb. 20, 2014 at 07:25

Once you spot the lightbulb, you just can't stop looking at it! :D

JonLester  Feb. 20, 2014 at 09:33

@Zeipher: Yes... but only after unlocking a fair few pity continues. :3 Never 1cc'd, I freely admit - if I manage to do so this time I'll record it.

@ChrisHyde: Can't do without it! Poor old Bulby was going to be the Dealspwn mascot until Toby came along.

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