North American arcade flyer of Vulgus.
|Release date(s)||May 1984
September 10, 1984
|Genre(s)||Vertical Scrolling shooter|
|Mode(s)||One or two players, alternating|
|CPU||Z80 (@ 4 MHz)|
|Sound||Sound CPU: Z80 (@ 3 MHz)
Sound Chips: (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.5 MHz)
|Display||Raster, 224 x 256 pixels (Vertical), 256 colors|
Vulgus (Japanese: バルガス) is a vertically scrolling shooter developed and published by Capcom in Japan in 1984, and was later released in North America by SNK the same year. The word "Vulgus" comes fom Latin and means "common people", people of lower layers of society. The game has the distinction of being Capcom's debut video or arcade game. The game is also included in Capcom Classics Collection and is now available as freeware.
The player controls a spaceship with a single objective: destroy incoming enemies. The vessel has two different weapons: a primary weapon with infinite ammo and a limited supply of bombs. By picking up the "Pow" icons, which sporadically appear throughout the levels, the player can replenish supplies. Similar to Xevious, the game does not have distinctive levels; the background alternates between the surface of a planet and a space field. The game repeats with increased difficulty until the player has lost three lives.
Vulgus is available in the compilation title Capcom Generation 3 for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The game was also included in the 2005 Capcom Classics Collection for the Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's Xbox and in Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded for the PlayStation Portable.
Captain Commando duly notes Vulgus' position in gaming history as Capcom's first game in one of his Marvel vs. Capcom win quotes. Deadpool also states in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for a win quote that he'll continue petitioning Capcom for Vulgus 2.
The Pow icon is re-used in many other Capcom games, like 1941: Counter Attack, Bionic Commando, and Exed Exes. Likewise, the Yashichi enemy has made later appearances in many Capcom games, usually in a more benign role as a power-up. Valgas, a boss character from Power Stone series, has his name based on this game.
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