One of the greatest games of all time has just popped up on Steam Greenlight and is humbly awaiting for your vote of approval. Ikaruga has been hailed by fans around the world as a prime example of the SHMUP (shoot ’em up) genre, and it now has the opportunity to get a PC release with thanks to voter support.
The game is revered for its “bullet eater” system in which the ship has two colors, black and white, and can switch these colors on the fly. When engaging enemies of the corresponding color, not only will the player’s ship be invulnerable to their attacks, but it will also absorb their energy and store it for a super attack to be used on command. However, damage will be half of its normal effectiveness.
On the flip side, taking on enemies of the opposite color opens the ship to a barrage of attacks, but it also dishes out twice the normal damage, making lasers and super attacks more effective. Switching colors constantly and taking advantage of each situation is required for expert play and the only way to nab that high score.
This double-edged sword has given Ikaruga the reputation as a thinking man’s SHMUP with endless strategy and choices to be made with each encounter.
Ikaruga originally started life as an arcade game published by SEGA and made by the legendary development team, Treasure. It first appeared in the States as a GameCube game before making an HD debut on Xbox Live. This HD version is what will appear on Steam should it get approved.
It deserves to be a success on yet another platform, and I can promise you will not find a better game in its genre anywhere in the world. Should it succeed, it might also pave the way for its spiritual predecessor Radiant Silvergun, another gem of a SHMUP made by Treasure, to see its Xbox Live version ported as well.
IGN once stated, in one of the worst quotes of all time printed right on the front of the GameCube box, that “Our frothing demand for this game increases.” I’ll agree that a PC release of Ikaruga would be a day one purchase for me, but I’m not sure sure about any “frothing” going on.
Head on over to Steam Greenlight and give it a thumbs up, please. Shouldn’t be long, because fan support is already through the roof.