vulcan Vulcan Venture (New)

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Romset name:
Production year: 1988
Manufacturer: Konami

Game genre: Shooter
Category: Shooter / Flying Horizontal

This machine has the following clones:
 • Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou (Japan New Ver.)
 • Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou (Japan Old Ver.)
 • Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou (Japan Older Ver.)
 • Vulcan Venture (Old)
 • Vulcan Venture (Oldest)

This machine works in MAME This machine works in MAME

Overall emulation: Good
Color emulation: Good
Sound emulation: Good
Graphics emulation: Good
Save states: Supported

In MAME since version: .036b08

The MAME driver of this machine is: twin16.cpp - Read the code

 Tech info 
 Hardware of this machine:
  • CHIPs [Show details]

    M68000 ("maincpu")cpu 9216000 Hz
    M68000 ("sub")cpu 9216000 Hz
    Z80 ("audiocpu")cpu 3579545 Hz
    Speaker ("lspeaker")audio
    Speaker ("rspeaker")audio
    YM2151 ("ymsnd")audio 3579545 Hz
    K007232 PCM Controller ("k007232")audio 3579545 Hz
    uPD7759 ("upd")audio 640000 Hz

  • Screens [Show details]

    This machine uses a single screen:
      Graphic type: Raster
      Screen orientation: Horizontal
      Resolution 320 x 224 @ 60.606061 Hz

  • Number of players: 2P Alternated
  • Controllers [Show details]

      Joystick [8 ways]
      Joystick [8 ways]
    Number of buttons: 3

  • Dip-switches [Show details]

    Default settings in bold
    Coin A4 Coins/1 Credit
     3 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit
     3 Coins/2 Credits
     4 Coins/3 Credits
     1 Coin/1 Credit
     3 Coins/4 Credits
     2 Coins/3 Credits
     1 Coin/2 Credits
     2 Coins/5 Credits
     1 Coin/3 Credits
     1 Coin/4 Credits
     1 Coin/5 Credits
     1 Coin/6 Credits
     1 Coin/7 Credits
     Free Play
    Coin B4 Coins/1 Credit
     3 Coins/1 Credit
     2 Coins/1 Credit
     3 Coins/2 Credits
     4 Coins/3 Credits
     1 Coin/1 Credit
     3 Coins/4 Credits
     2 Coins/3 Credits
     1 Coin/2 Credits
     2 Coins/5 Credits
     1 Coin/3 Credits
     1 Coin/4 Credits
     1 Coin/5 Credits
     1 Coin/6 Credits
     1 Coin/7 Credits
    Bonus Life20K, Every 70K
     30K, Every 80K
     20K Only
     70K Only
     Very Difficult
    Demo SoundsOff
    Flip ScreenOff
    Upright ControlsSingle
    Service ModeOff

  • ROMs (16 of the machine set) [Show details]

    Referred to MAME version: 0.181

    NameSizeCRC32SHA1StatusIn romset
    785_w05.6n655366e0e99cd f9f4ef617aee83397b0ac98a5cc92f60d3a3d5ed good vulcan
    785_w04.4n6553623ec74ca 901c7c798b113232f20e24f61940ed6ef5148599 good vulcan
    785_w09.6r65536377e4f28 d3af2e52c38b5d618cac2e66df99ab7950638fbc good vulcan
    785_w08.4r65536813d41ea 58ba0e4b1afec3e5674286c44da14244591f1312 good vulcan
    785_p07.10n65536686d549d 9687be801c4fb963bf6b0199e2ae9f5051213f7a good vulcan
    785_p06.8n6553670c94bee 951e00ca4d3a47a21b4db05bcdc8ead45b42c3f1 good vulcan
    785_p13.10s65536478fdb0a 2e285ad6dcfc67f3e24d231e0e1be19036ce64d2 good vulcan
    785_p12.8s6553638ea402a 90ff2bd71435988cde967704ce3b1401de206683 good vulcan
    785_g03.10a3276867a3b50d 3c83f3b0df73d9361ec3cda26a6c4c603a088419 good vulcan
    785_h14.d81638402f4b16f 45addc99f520770f38c6aa69aef9af59cfc410b5 good vulcan
    785f15.p135242885bd239ac 9c96f6069d06a1d80c04650ed56bc5e1508db657 good vulcan
    785f17.p165242884e7a7b82 520b5ebd400954042d55cf243842a6d6b6d10210 good vulcan
    785f16.p1552428895c6b8a3 0a906af72d08993fd83f23d72ffb919801aa17af good vulcan
    785f18.p185242883f604e9a c5e0b6f6dd506209e8c07cbae89c821828f488ff good vulcan
    785_f01.5a131072a0d8d69e 2994e5740b7c099d55fb162a363a26ef1995c756 good vulcan
    785_f02.7c131072c39f5ca4 92ebea11b7d3a72d0f58c456f16a6ff36d6b3062 good vulcan

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    :  CLONE Machine
    :  BIOS
    :  Device


Vulcan Venture (c) 1988 Konami.


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)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


Released in March 1988. This game is known in Japan as "Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou [Model GX785]". For more information about the game, please see the original Japanese entry.

The main differences from the original Japanese are:

* Continue available.

* Different title screen.

* 'Option' is called 'Multiple'.

* 'Ripple Laser' is called 'Pulse Laser' in Vulcan Venture.

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


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)


Game's rom.

Giochi Simili

Warning: information in history.dat can differ from the ones present in the rest of the page (taken from MAME) as they come from a different source

Information on vulcan

0.36b8 [Phil Stroffolino, Nao, Dave Spicer]

0.36b5 [Phil Stroffolino]

Artwork available


- gradius2, gradius2a, gradius2b, vulcan, vulcana, vulcanb: Title screen demo plays the stages in the wrong order. gamestone (ID 03759)

- vulcan, gradius2, gradius2a, gradius2b: Sprite-background priority is wrong. Kanikani (ID 02523)


- 28th May 2012: Mr. Do - Thanks to Gamestone at Gradius Home World, we have totally awesome cocktail artwork for clone Gradius II.

- 0.143u8: Kanikani fixed DIPSW and added DIP locations to clones Gradius II.

- 0.134u2: Irongiant added clone Vulcan Venture (Old). Changed description to 'Vulcan Venture (New)' and clone 'Vulcan Venture (Older Ver.)' to 'Vulcan Venture (Oldest)'. Renamed (vulcana) to (vulcanb).

- 0.134u1: Brian Troha and Dumping Union added clone Vulcan Venture (Older Ver.).

- 0.133u2: hap fixed sprite lag in clone Gradius II. Reverted Gradius II sprite-background priority hack, this fixes severe priority problems in Devil World, but reintroduces bugs on gradius2 level 7 and ending. Also lowered the K007232 volume, this fixed defective sound in Vulcan Venture.

- 0.133u1: Renamed (grdius2a) to (gradius2a) and (grdius2b) to (gradius2b).

- 0.128u6: Roberto Zandona updated clone Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou (Japan New Ver.) to use proper gfx2 roms (same values of vulcan but byteswapped).

- 29th July 2008: Corrado Tomaselli dumped Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou (Japan New Ver.).

- 0.124u2: Changed clock speed of the 2x 68000 to 9216000 Hz and VSync to 60.606061 Hz.

- 0.110u2: Roberto Zandona and Mamesick fixed video hardware (draw_sprites, tilemap_draw etc.) in Vulcan Venture.

- 3rd September 2006: Mr. Do - Added instruction cards for Gradius II.

- 0.102u5: Pierpaolo Prazzoli fixed sprite drawing in Vulcan Venture.

- 0.99u4: Pierpaolo Prazzoli fixed background/sprites priority in the stage 7 of Vulcan Venture.

- 0.76u2: Changed description of the clones to 'Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou'.

- 0.62: Bryan McPhail fixed priority problems in Vulcan Venture.

- 0.56: Changed description of clones '(Japan set 1)' to '(Japan New Ver.)', '(Japan set 2)' to '(Japan Old Ver.)' and '(Japan set 3)' to '(Japan Older Ver.)'. Fixed rom names.

- 6th October 2001: Chack'n fixed the dipswitch settings in clone Gradius 2.

- 0.36b10: Changed Z80 CPU1 clock speed to 3579545 Hz.

- 0.36b8: Phil Stroffolino, Nao and Dave Spicer added Vulcan Venture (Konami 1988) and clones 'Gradius II - Gofer no Yabou (Japan set 1)', (Japan set 2) and (Japan set 3).

- 27th October 1999: Takahiro Nogi fixed UPD7759 problems in Vulcan Venture.

- 26th October 1999: Phil Stroffolino got collision detection working in Vulcan Venture with help from Dave Spicer and Nao.

- 21st October 1999: Phil Stroffolino sent in a Twin16 update, with Hard Puncher / Final Round being completely playable, but Vulcan Venture is still missing the collisions.

- 0.36b6: Phil Stroffolino added clone Gradius II - Gofer no Yabou (Japan) (Testdriver).

- 0.36b5: Phil Stroffolino added Vulcan Venture (Testdriver).

- 9th October 1999: Phil Stroffolino sent in a Twin16 update with working sprites in Vulcan Venture (but collisions are missing), and Final Round is also playable now.

- 8th September 1999: Phil Stroffolino sent in a very preliminary Konami Twin16 driver (Vulcan Venture for example), but nothing works yet.

ARCADE RELEASE: Gradius II (Konami) - 1988/Mar/24

LEVELS: 7 (gradius2)

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