Published on February 1st, 2013 | by Craig Forshey23
Ikaruga Video Review
Ikaruga, widely considered to be one of the greatest shooters of all time, was a jaw dropping spectacle on the original Dreamcast and Gamecube, but how does it stack up on Android? It plays similarly to other shoot-em-ups with a key game mechanic, enemies bullets consist of two different types. Your ship can also switch between the two types, black and white, to deal more damage based on which color the enemy is using. It also allows the player’s ship to absorb enemy bullets of the same color and then release them in a flashy super move. Aside from a few design snags here and there, this is an amazing port and one we highly recommend.
The game menu design is very similar to the console versions, however when launching the game itself, be prepared to deal with Gree’s social gaming service before you are allowed into the game proper. While this isn’t a deal-breaker, it is certainly annoying.
Ikaruga shined in arcades and on consoles and that is even more apparant here. The 3D graphics of Ikaruga have not been changed at all, keeping the neon inferno you must endure all the better. Ikaruga truly is the 3D graphics benchmark for mobile shoot-em-ups. One small snag is that the bottom portion of the screen is permanency taken up by a black bar with the game’s buttons overlayed on top.
So, the game is recreated faithfully, but how well does it play? Its a mixed bag. The touch controls mimic earlier mobile shoot-em-up’s like Air Attack HD, and for the most part works better than the controllers. This is complicated by the need to constantly press the color switch button at the bottom of the screen. It takes a while to get used to the control scheme but it is not impossible.
Summary: Treasure's arcade masterpiece is better than ever. If you ever played the original Ikaruga or if you just enjoy shoot-em-ups, you will highly enjoy this gaming classic.