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Vlambeer delivers bullet-hell shmup action with a twist in its sepia-toned Steampunk wargame, Luftrausers.

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By Gaming Nexus on 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. It's a game that's...

By PCGamer on 80

Still, these problems don’t kill the engine - they merely make it splutter. Like its name, separate parts combine to form a game that just makes sense.

By PC Gamer on 80

Like the best of Vlambeer’s cannon, a simple concept executed beautifully. Limited enemy and level design,...

By HardcoreGamer on 80

Thanks to varied battles, customizable planes, and challenges, it manages to improve on the classic formula of simple and addictive entertainment. It would have been cool to see even more variety implemented to keep players engaged after completing all missions, but adoring fans of arcade-style games should grab Luftrausers on PC, PS3, or Vita immediately.

By Polygon on 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. I'd like to have been shown more of what makes it tick, but Luftrausers has a fun-enough gymnastics routine to keep it in the back of my mind as I go for an even higher score.

By IGN on 87

Each round is a breathless rush, every death painless enough to make restarting from scratch absolutely no hardship. Don't expect great depth or long-term thrills, but the action while it lasts is a master of both second-by-second action, and the structures that effortlessly stretch it out into a good few hours without it overstaying its welcome.

By Strategy Informer on 90

Luftrausers charm is in its simplicity – you use the arrow keys for directional movement, and then tap ‘X’ to fire your weapons. That’s really all there is to it – you start by pressing the up key to launch from your sub-carrier thing, and from there...

By EuroGamer on 90

On top of that, of course, there are levels to gain and missions to beat - shoot two of this, shoot 10 of that, shoot 20 of these while you're on fire - but such compulsion metalwork feels largely unnecessary when clamped onto Luftrauser's screaming air-tuned chassis. Checklists are for accountants, and Vlambeer ultimately wants to turn you into a daredevil.

By GameSpot on 70

The act of flight feels natural, and the next high score is always so close that it's easy to spend hours saying, "Just one more try." It may be a simple package on the surface, but Luftrausers will have you taking to the skies again and again.

By GameInformer on 85

The airborne chaos doesn’t end when you demolish the opposition’s tremendous battle zeppelin; online leaderboards and an insanely difficult bonus mode keep the action fresh. Luftrausers is one of the most satisfying, enthralling arcade shooters to hit the market in recent memory.

By Digital Trends on 95

Vlambeer delivers bullet-hell shmup action with a twist in its sepia-toned Steampunk wargame, Luftrausers.

By GameZone on

In Luftrausers, you can kill a battleship by flying your plane through it. I'll repeat that. In Luftrausers, you can kill a battleship by flying your plane through it. If that can't sell you on the game alone, then you're beyond help. Vlambeer, the...

By VideoGamer on

Luftrausers ReviewLands a little short of brilliance.Facebook Share Twitter Share By Will Freeman 27th Mar, 2014 - 5:48pm It’s never explicitly stated, but Luftrausers seemingly drapes the player with the uniforms of a truly dark force. There is...

International Review By Eurogamer on 70

"Jagten på det elegante indiespil" kaldte jeg mit interview med Vlambeers Rami Ismail, den ene af kun to faste mand bag det hollandske udviklerstudie Vlambeer. Det var der bestemt grundlag for, da Ismail og makkeren Jan Willem Nijman er blevet noget nær...

International Review By Level 7 on 50

Ett av förra årets bästa mobilspel var Ridiculous Fishing från holländska Vlambeer. För den som inte har testat titeln går det i korta ordalag att beskriva som ett fiskespel med en stor portion humor. I huvudrollen som en äldre herre gäller det...

International Review By on

„Luftrausers“ weiß haargenau, was es sein möchte. Ein verdammt schnelles, Skill-basiertes Shoot'em Up im Retro-Look, das mir waghalsige Flugmanöver und digitale Nahtod-Erfahrungen erlaubt und mich mit einem extrem zufriedenstellenden Spielgefühl belohnt....