Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus
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|Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus|
|System(s): Sega Saturn|
|Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo|
|Original system(s): Arcade boards|
|Game total: 3|
|Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)|
|Genre: Compilation, Shooting|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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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 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.
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.
- Main article: Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus/Magazine articles.
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ROM dump status
|518,413,728||1997-03-25||CD-ROM (JP)||T-9520G V1.010|
This game has extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.
|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|
|KAIHATSU.DOC||TXT||30,553||Messages from the developers.|
- File:SalamanderDeluxePackPlus Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
- https://sega.jp/fb/segahard/ss/soft_licensee3.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:05)
- Edge, "September 1997" (UK; 1997-08-18), page 88
- Famitsu, "1997-06-27" (JP; 1997-06-13), page 1
- MAN!AC, "08/97" (DE; 1997-07-09), page 66
- neXt Level, "September 1997" (DE; 1997-08-22), page 74
- Saturn Fan, "1997 No. 12" (JP; 1997-06-xx), page 182
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-21 (1997-06-27)" (JP; 1997-06-13), page 155
- Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 11
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