The Arcade Video Game by Cave Co., Ltd.

Espgaluda screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

エスプガルーダ © 2003 Cave Company, Limited.


A great vertically scrolling manic shooter.

In an otherwise peaceful world, the Shinra Empire began conquering nearby nations one by one to expand their territory gradually. Meanwhile, in the Shinra weapons lab, the Espgaluda project produced two successful prototypes: Agaha and Tateha. Fearing for their future, the project's head scientist, Hiodoshi, escaped with the two prototypes to a nearby kingdom, but time after were found by Shinra's troops and Hiodoshi was killed by the attack of the imperial army, the power of the galuda has awaken.

You have the option of controlling one of two siblings each with different skills, Ageha faster but with narrower shooting capabilities or Tateha slower but with a wider attack. As you fly through the various stages various mechanical enemies attack with a high number of bullets, often nearly filling the screen. Aside from the regular shots, Ageha and Tateha also have additional abilities which help the player navigate through the numerous bullets. The first is a guard barrier; when activated the player is immune to collisions and as a bonus when the barrier button is released a more powerful laser shot is fired. A meter at the bottom of the screen indicates how much power is left in the barrier. The second ability is called the Kakusei mode; when this mode is activated your character gender is altered and is able to fire a more powerful shot. More importantly, when this mode is activated all of the enemies and their bullets slow down considerably while the players speed remains the same making it easier to navigate through a tricky pattern of bullets. Activating Kakusei mode will rapidly deplete the players supply of green gems; since the number of gems isn't limitless the player may not be able to remain in Kakusei mode for long. When not in Kakusei mode additional gems can be collected by destroying the various enemies. If the player completely runs out of gems, enemy bullets begin travelling faster than usual. Another bonus in the game is gold inguts which greatly increase the players score. These are found when in Kakusei mode; when an enemy is destroyed, all of its bullets will turn into ingots which can be collected by the player.


Runs on the IGS PGM (PolyGameMaster) System Hardware.

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 20 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 8.468 Mhz)
Sound Chips : ICS2115 32 Channel PCM (@ 8.468 Mhz)

Screen Orientation : Vertical
Video Resolution : 448 x 224 pixels
Screen Refresh : 59.17 Hz
Palette Colors : 2304

Players : 2
Control : 8-Way Joystick
Buttons : 3
=> [A] Shoot, [B] Change Sex, [C] Psychic Bomb


Espgaluda was released on October 15, 2003.

Developed by Cave and distributed by AMI (Amusement Marketing International).

The title of this game literally means 'Butterfly with Extras Sensory Powers'.

Cave released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Espgaluda Original Soundtrack / CVST-0001) on March 15, 2004.


• Kakusei mode (Awakening mode) : During the so-called 'kakusei mode' move, bullets slow down and enemy bullets are capable of being transformed formed into massive amounts of gold. However, in order to access the gender-change move, you must collect green jewels in your normal form.


1. ESP (1998)
2. Espgaluda (2003)
3. Espgaluda II (2005)
4. Espgaluda II [Black Label] [Model K2F-00001] (2010, XBOX360)


Producer: Kenichi Takano
Director: Tsuneki Ikeda
World & Character Designer: Kado Tsukasa
Programmers: Tsuneki Ikeda, Takashi Ichimura
Designers: Akira Wakabayashi, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Hideki Nomura, Kengo Arai
Voice Actors (As Kikaku):
*Ageha Male*: Yutaka Koizumi
*Ageha Female*: Iho Matusukubo
*Tateha Female*: Sakuri Nagayama
*Tateha Male*: Yuko Gibu
*Seseri*: Yoshima Ninomiya
*Jakou*: Hiroshi Yamasaki
*System*: Ai Aiwasa
Music Producer: Toshiaki Tomizawa
Sound Creators: Neptune, Reeb, T-Force
Special Assists: Satoshi Kouyama, Yasushi Imai



Sony PlayStation 2 japan (june.17, 2004; "Espgaluda [Model SLPS-25352]")

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