Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus

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  • Main title
  • Salamander
  • Life Force
  • Salamander 2

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Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Konami
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Game total: 3
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)
Genre: Compilation, Shooting[1][2]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,8005,800 T-9520G
Non-Sega versions

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Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus (沙羅曼蛇 DELUXE PACK PLUS) is a compilation of the three Salamander games; Salamander, Life Force and Salamander 2, all developed and published by Konami as spin-offs in the Gradius franchise. The compilation never left Japan.

The games are identical to their arcade counterparts, bar a few touch-ups.



Salamander is the 1986 sequel to the 1985 game, Gradius (before Konami produced a more direct sequel, Gradius II in 1988, with Salamander being relegated to spin-off). It is a one or two player cooperative spaceship shooter, in which player one controls the Vic Viper from Gradius, and player two controls (the debuting) Lord British.

While gameplay is broadly similar to Gradius, Salamander has a different and more traditional power-up system, in which players simply pick up upgrades left behind by destroyed enemies, rather than collecting glowing orbs to increment through a pre-determined list. It also differs from Gradius by swapping between horizontal and vertical scrolling stages.

If the player dies, they will respawn instantly and be able to recollect any dropped powerups.

Life Force

Life Force is an altered version of Salamander released in the following year. While the 1986 Salamanader was released under this name in North America, this 1987 Japanese version adds to the changes and re-introduces the Gradius-style power-up system. Much of the visuals and audio was been replaced, although level layouts are broadly identical.

Salamander 2

At the time the latest entry in the Gradius franchise, 1996's Salamander 2 is a true sequel to Salamander, sharing similar gameplay but with more elaborate graphics and stages.

Magazine articles

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Physical scans

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Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus

Saturn, JP
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Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus Sat JP Manual.pdf

Technical information

Main article: Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus/Technical information.

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
518,413,728 1997-03-25 CD-ROM (JP) T-9520G V1.010

Extra content

This game has extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Saturn (JP) Extra files
Folder / File Type Size description
\OMAKE\24BIT Folder 51,931,704 It contains 11 wallpaper images of truecolor. 3 sizes each.
\OMAKE\8BIT Folder 17,345,592 It contains 11 wallpaper images of 256 colors. 3 sizes each.
ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 150 About this game.
BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 85 About original game
CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 47 Copyright
KAIHATSU.DOC TXT 30,553 Messages from the developers.


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