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Vulcan Venture (New)


Vulcan Venture (c) 03/1988 Konami.


The third game in Konami's renowned "Gradius" series; the prequel being "Gradius" (known as "Nemesis" in Europe) and a spinoff called "Salamander" (also known as "Life Force"). Vulcan Venture strictly adheres to the shoot-em-up template set out by its hugely successful predecessor, the game eschews the sideways/vertical scrolling alternate levels of "Salamander" and opts instead for "Gradius" sideways scrolling-only mechanic. Vulcan Venture is rightly considered to be one of the most demanding and difficult shoot-em-ups ever released.


- TECHNICAL -


Game ID : GX785


Main CPU : (2x) 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz), K007232 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), UPD7759 (@ 640 Khz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 1024


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


- TRIVIA -


This game is known in Japan as "Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou".


The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'ASO'.


Apollon Music released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Space Odyssey, Gradius II - Gofer no yabou - BY30-5202) on 21/07/1988.


- UPDATES -


The main differences between Vulcan Venture and "Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou" are :

* Different title screen.

* Multiple is called Option in "Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou".

* No continue available in "Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou".

* Pulse Laser is called Ripple Laser in "Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou".


- SERIES -


1. Nemesis (1985)

2. Lifeforce (1986)

3. Gradius 2 (1987, MSX)

4. Vulcan Venture (1988)

5. Nemesis 3 - The Eve of Destruction (1988, MSX)

6. Gradius III (1989)

7. Gradius - The Interstellar Assault (1991, Nintendo Game Boy)

8. Nemesis '90 Kai (1993, Sharp X68000)

9. Salamander 2 (1996)

10. Solar Assault - Gradius (1997)

11. Solar Assault - Revisited (1997)

12. Gradius Gaiden (1997, Sony PlayStation)

13. Gradius IV - Fukkatsu (1999)

14. Gradius Generation (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)

15. Gradius V (2003, Sony PlayStation 2)


- STAFF -


Game programmers : Toshiaki Takatori, K. Tsutsui, T. Horimoto, A. Suzuki, Takehiko Fujii

Graphic designers : Miki Yoshikata, H. Ashida, Michiko Iwamoto, A. Nonami, Kuniaki Kakuwa

Sound editors : S. Tasaka, Motoaki Furukawa, K. Matsubara, S. Hukami

Engineer : K. Hashima

Title designers : F. Shinuya, J. Tanaka