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Video Game: Luftrausers
Luftrausers is a score attack dogfighting game made by Vlambeer and published by Devolver Digital. The main draw of the game is trying to rack up as much score as you can before you are inevitably shot down. Added into the mix are various combinations of weapon, body and engine to not only vary up the play styles, but also the missions to beat in order to unlock more parts, as well as the background music.

Not to be confused with Luftrauser, a free flash game which Luftrausers is an update of.


This game provides examples of:

  • Ace Custom: Since you can customize the 'rauser loadout.
  • Ace Pilot: You get to play one, and feel like one too. Enemy Aces will come after you too - they have their own 'rauser-esque craft.
  • Alternate History: According to Vlambeer, the game is set somewhere in the 20th century, when intelligence services could figure out the enemy was working on secret weapons, but not quite what those weapons were.
  • Bullet Hell: The game in general, but also SFMTnote  Mode.
  • Death Is the Only Option: Your rauser will be eventually shot down no matter what.
  • Design It Yourself Equipment: There are five types of hull, weapons, and engine, for a total of 125 combinations. You can unlock them by doing mini-missions.
  • Dubstep: The laser and missile weapons and jet/rocket engine give the background music this kind of edge.
  • Endless Game: The game only ends when you are shot down, so the main objective is scoring as many points and completing as many objectives as possible in one run.
  • Fanfare: The normal wubs in the soundtrack will always change to a portentous synthetic fanfare after some time. It can truly be the Crowning Moment Of Awesome if you manage to pull off some kind of epic maneuver while this part of the soundtrack is playing.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The laser weapon. Reduces your turn rate whilst firing.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Your plane can rotate on a dime so long as the engine isn't on, which gives you the ability to outmaneuver pretty much anything. As the saying goes, thrust vectoring owns the sky, aerodynamics and G-forces be damned.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Jet + Heavy. Fast and tough, but slow maneuvering. You can smash through things no problem... though your 'rauser winds up looking a bit like a flying barrel.
  • Military Mashup Machine: The submersible aircraft carrier you start from. Your plane too, if you pick a submersible engine.
  • Nazi Protagonist: Downplayed. The protagonists aren't Nazis, but they're Putting on the Reich with serious gusto.
  • One-Man Army: You are just one Rauser... but one Rauser is more than enough to put up a fight. Subverted, however, in that you eventually get shot down no matter what.
  • Painfully Slow Projectile: The Cannon blasts have devastating damage and large area of effect, but move very slowly, so hitting things with them requires practice.
  • Putting on the Reich: The side you're playing as looks like a parody of Nazi Germany, albeit with no swastikas or Roman salute. Word of God says they're not Nazis, though, but some sort of "generic enemy force".
  • Ramming Always Works: One of the hulls facilitates ramming as a tactic. With the nuke body, this can be an effective way to take down a battleship as a grand finale.
  • Recoil Boost: The Spread weapon has knockback listed as its downside. Particularly skillful Rausers, however, can use the recoil to hover above boats and battleships while pumping them full of lead.
  • Regenerating Health: Your plane will fix itself, so long as you aren't firing.
  • Retraux: The game is in two-color pixel art (though there are different palettes available), giving it a definite retro look.
  • Shout-Out: About half of available rauser names are references to various media and famous real-world things and people.
  • Spread Shot: The "Spread" weapon is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Super Prototype: Your Rauser, being small, fast, and maneuverable. Your enemy sends 'Aces' after you, which are essentially much larger Rausers.
  • Taking You with Me: This is the whole reason for the nuke body. It makes you explode in a glorious fireball after you have been shot down, racking up a nice amout of points for your final score.
  • Unexpectedly Realistic Gameplay: The best way to ensure that bombs dropped by the Bomber hull land on target is to fly straight downwards while dropping them. In real life, it's called "dive bombing", and reached the peak of its usage in World War 2, which is the main era Luftrausers draws its aesthetics from.
  • Variable Mix: The music track changes depending on which parts you have selected, with parts defining either the bassline (weapon), drums (chassis), or lead (engine).
  • Villain Protagonist: Again, according to Vlambeer, the side you play are not Nazis, but they're still considered "bad guys" that "our side" is spying on.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: One of the engine options can essentially be summed up as 'propelled by bullets'.

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