Hellfire (Genesis)

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In the year 2998, humanity has finally reached the stars, and was able to build a prosperous, peaceful society. However, a space matter known as the Black Nebula began to spread, threatening to engulf the galaxies controlled by humans. It turned out that a robotic dictator named Super Mech was behind this occurrence. The Earth sends Captain Lancer, a skillful pilot navigating the powerful CNCS1 aircraft, equipped with the most powerful weapon: the Hellfire...

This is a horizontal space shooter, with the traditional premise of a lone pilot traversing hostile areas and out-manoeuvring and/or destroying quick and numerous enemies. What sets this shooter apart from many other horizontal space shooters is that you choose the direction of your shots at any time between forward, backward, upward+downward and 4-way diagonal. The 4-way diagonal shot is usually the most effective and makes for some interesting gameplay setups, such as stationary guns you can only reach by passing them (while avoiding their shots) and then placing yourself diagonally above them. There is also a bomb to take out multiple enemies. The game has a standard set of pickups: P icons for powering the weapons, S icons for increasing ship speed, B icons for bombs, and score icons.


Hellfire Genesis Leaving the drop ship at the start of the game
Hellfire Genesis The backwards shot
Hellfire Genesis Using the forward shot
Hellfire Genesis Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "ヘルファイアー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Mean Machines Dec, 1990 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic Apr 27, 2008 A- 91
Sega Force Jul 08, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Dec, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Raze Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Video Games Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1991 31 out of 40 78
Play Time Apr, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Thunderbolt Games Dec 19, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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Carl-Henrik (640) added Hellfire (Genesis) on Jun 21, 2004
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