Lost In Translation/Vulcan Venture

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Vulcan Venture
Vulcan Venture marquee.
No screen shot.
Manufacturer Konami
Released 1988
Control
Method
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU Z80 (@ 3.580 MHz)
(2x) 68000 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
K007232 (@ 3.580 MHz)
UPD7759 (@ 640.000 kHz)
Video
Details
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
1,024 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 16 ROMs
2,932,736 bytes (2.80 MiB)
MAME ID vulcan · gradius2 · grdius2a · grdius2b

About The Game

Vulcan Venture is an horizontally scrolling arcade video game shoot-em-up.

The third game in Konami's renowned "Gradius" series; the prequel being "Gradius" (known as "Nemesis" in Europe) and a spin-off 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.

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. Salamander (1986)
  3. Gradius 2 (1987, MSX)
  4. Vulcan Venture (1988)
  5. Nemesis 3 - The Eve of Destruction (1988, MSX)
  6. Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e (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

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Consoles 
Nintendo Famicom (1988)
Nintendo Game Boy (1991)
NEC PC-Engine Super CD-ROM2 (1992)
Sega Saturn (1996, "Gradius Deluxe Pack")
Sony PlayStation (1996, "Gradius Deluxe Pack")
Sony PSP (2006, "Gradius Collection")
Computers 
Sharp X68000 (1992)
PC [MS Windows] ("Gradius Deluxe Pack")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
MIDI Power X68000 Collection ver.1.0 KICA-7602[1] 1992-05-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Thunder Cross 276A-7703[2] 1989-05-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Gradius Arcade Soundtrack KMCA-155~6[3] 2002-04-24 Konami Music Entertainment 2 CD version.
Space Odyssey Gradius 2 ~Gofer's Ambition~ BY30-5202[4] 1988-07-21 Apollon CD version.
Symphonic Poem Gradius III KICA-1010[5] 1990-06-05 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Gradius KICA-1048[6] 1991-11-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Konami Battle the Best KICA-1189[7] 1996-09-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
MIDI Power Pro Best Selection KICA-7670[8] 1995-08-04 King Records Inc. CD version.
MIDI Power Pro 7 ~Gradius~ KMCA-5[9] 1999-04-23 Konami Music Entertainment, Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Konami Shooting Battle KICA-1136[10] 1993-12-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Konami Shooting Battle II KICA-1171[11] 1995-11-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami GM Hits Factory II KICA-1131[12] 1993-10-21 King Records CD version.
Konami GM Hits Factory I KICA-1122[13] 1993-03-24 King Records CD version.
Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 K30X-7705[14] 1988-08-05 King Records CD version.
MIDI Power X68000 Collection ver.1.0 KICA-7907[15] 1998-09-23 King Records CD version.
Konami Famicom Music Memorial Best Vol.1 140A-7709[16] 1989-07-21 King Records CD version.
Perfect Selection Gradius Part 2 KICA-1112[17] 1992-11-06 King Records Inc. CD version.
Gradius In Classic II KICA-1135[18] 1993-12-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Gradius In Classic I KICA-7624[19] 1993-12-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX 28XA-201[20] 1988-03-10 Alpha Records CD version.
Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX ALC-22922[21] 1988-03-10 Alpha Records Cassette version.
Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX ALR-22922[22] 1988-03-10 Alpha Records Vinyl version.
Game Sound Legend Series "Konami Game Music Vol.4 ~A-JAX~" SCDC-00472[23] 2005-11-23 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Space Odyssey Gradius 2 ~Gofer's Ambition~ KSF-1524[24] 1988-07-21 Apollon Cassette version.
Space Odyssey Gradius 2 ~Gofer's Ambition~ AY25-0021[25] 1988-07-21 Apollon Vinyl version.
Gradius Tribute SCDC-00530[26] 2006-12-20 Happinet CD version.
Winbee's Neo Cinema ~Evergreen side~ KICA-7612[27] 1993-02-05 King Records Inc. CD version.
Winbee's Neo Cinema 2 ~Paradise side~ KICA-7642[28] 1994-08-05 King Records Inc. CD version.
Winbee's Neo Cinema 3 ~Tokimeki side~ KICA-7674[29] 1995-10-05 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 KICA-2309[30] 1993-05-21 King Records CD version.
Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 K25H-4705[31] 1988-08-05 King Records Cassette version.
Gradius IV Fukkatsu Original Game Soundtrack KICA-7947[32] 1999-03-05 King Records CD version.
Original Sound of Gradius 2 (MSX Version) BY12-5022[33] 1987-10-05 Apollon Compusic CD version.
Original Sound of Gradius 2 (MSX Version) KHY-1021[34] 1987-10-05 Apollon Compusic Cassette version.
Konami Special Music Golden Treasure Chest 220A-7721~3[35] 1989-12-21 King Records Inc. 3 CD version.
Konami Famicom Music Memorial Best Vol.1 096T-3709[36] 1989-07-21 King Records Cassette version.
Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 K25G-7705[37] 1988-08-05 King Records Vinyl version.
Thunder Cross KICA-2306[38] 1993-05-21 King Record Co., Ltd. CD version.
Salamander OVA 3: Gofer no Yabou Original Soundtrack K30X-7159[39] 1989-02-21 N/A CD version.
Beep Special Project - SUPER GAME MUSIC N/A[40] 1988-07-01 Softbank Publishing Vinyl version.
GRADIUS house ReMix LC-1742[41] 2009-02-27 Konami CD version.

References

  1. MIDI Power X68000 Collection ver.1.0 (CD) at the VGMdb
  2. Thunder Cross (CD) at the VGMdb
  3. Gradius Arcade Soundtrack (CD) at the VGMdb
  4. Space Odyssey Gradius 2 ~Gofer's Ambition~ (CD) at the VGMdb
  5. Symphonic Poem Gradius III (CD) at the VGMdb
  6. Perfect Selection Gradius (CD) at the VGMdb
  7. Perfect Selection Konami Battle the Best (CD) at the VGMdb
  8. MIDI Power Pro Best Selection (CD) at the VGMdb
  9. MIDI Power Pro 7 ~Gradius~ (CD) at the VGMdb
  10. Perfect Selection Konami Shooting Battle (CD) at the VGMdb
  11. Perfect Selection Konami Shooting Battle II (CD) at the VGMdb
  12. Konami GM Hits Factory II (CD) at the VGMdb
  13. Konami GM Hits Factory I (CD) at the VGMdb
  14. Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 (CD) at the VGMdb
  15. MIDI Power X68000 Collection ver.1.0 (CD) at the VGMdb
  16. Konami Famicom Music Memorial Best Vol.1 (CD) at the VGMdb
  17. Perfect Selection Gradius Part 2 (CD) at the VGMdb
  18. Gradius In Classic II (CD) at the VGMdb
  19. Gradius In Classic I (CD) at the VGMdb
  20. Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX (CD) at the VGMdb
  21. Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  22. Konami Game Music Vol.4 A-JAX (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  23. Game Sound Legend Series "Konami Game Music Vol.4 ~A-JAX~" (CD) at the VGMdb
  24. Space Odyssey Gradius 2 ~Gofer's Ambition~ (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  25. Space Odyssey Gradius 2 ~Gofer's Ambition~ (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  26. Gradius Tribute (CD) at the VGMdb
  27. Winbee's Neo Cinema ~Evergreen side~ (CD) at the VGMdb
  28. Winbee's Neo Cinema 2 ~Paradise side~ (CD) at the VGMdb
  29. Winbee's Neo Cinema 3 ~Tokimeki side~ (CD) at the VGMdb
  30. Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 (CD) at the VGMdb
  31. Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  32. Gradius IV Fukkatsu Original Game Soundtrack (CD) at the VGMdb
  33. Original Sound of Gradius 2 (MSX Version) (CD) at the VGMdb
  34. Original Sound of Gradius 2 (MSX Version) (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  35. Konami Special Music Golden Treasure Chest (CD) at the VGMdb
  36. Konami Famicom Music Memorial Best Vol.1 (Cassette) at the VGMdb
  37. Konami Game Music Collection Vol.1 (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  38. Thunder Cross (CD) at the VGMdb
  39. Salamander OVA 3: Gofer no Yabou Original Soundtrack (CD) at the VGMdb
  40. Beep Special Project - SUPER GAME MUSIC (Vinyl) at the VGMdb
  41. GRADIUS house ReMix (CD) at the VGMdb

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.