Codex Gamicus
Pulirula cover.jpg
Developer(s) Arcade & PlayStation Port:
Sega Saturn Port:
Xing Entertainment
Publisher(s) Taito
Designer Mt. Mihara B. E. Umakboh
Engine Engine Missing
status Status Missing
Release date Release Date Missing
Genre Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single player
Two player Co-op
Age rating(s) Ratings Missing
Platform(s) Arcade
FM Towns Marty
Sega Saturn
PlayStation 2
Arcade system Taito F2 System
(Expanded hardware)
Media Media Missing
Input Arcade:
8-way joystick
2 buttons
1-2 controller(s)
Requirements Requirements Missing
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

PuLiRuLa (Pu-Li-Ru-La) is a 1991 arcade game released by Taito. The game was later ported to the FM Towns Marty, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, and PlayStation 2 in Japan.[1] The PS1 and Saturn versions are known as Pu-Li-Ru-La Arcade Gears. The PS2 version is part of a compilation called Taito Memories (Volume 1), but omitted from the international release of Taito Legends. PuLiRuLa is known for its smooth bizarre graphics and odd story line.[1][2]


PuLiRuLa takes place in Radishland, a land where time is kept correctly flowing with a time key. However, "a bad man appeared and stole the time key to stop the time flow. The towns were attacked one by one, the time flow was stopped and they received damage", as the English translation explains. Zac and Mel, the playable characters, are requested by an old man to defend their town.[1] The old man also gives the children a "magic stick" to fight with.[3]


PuLiRuLa is a basic beat 'em up action game. Player 1 controls Zac and Player 2 controls Mel, the two main characters. Both characters are identical controlwise. The flow of the game consists of fighting through enemies until the player reaches the boss at the end of the area. When enemies are hit, they turn into animals and run off the screen.[3] The player is awarded points if they walk into the animals.


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Japanese version

A stage from Bubble Symphony is based on PuLiRuLa. The enemies and boss characters are from this game.[1]

In the international release of PuLiRuLa, a section of one of the levels was censored. The original Japanese version featured an area with huge legs sticking out of the wall with a door in the middle of them.[1]

A limited-edition soundtrack was released for Pu-Li-Ru-La by Pony Canyon/Scitron on July 17, 1992.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pulirula at Hardcore Gaming 101 Retrieved April 15, 2008
  2. F1 System Hardware (Taito) Retrieved April 15, 2008
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sexual Moments in video game history Retrieved April 15, 2008

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