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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 Arcade Title Screen.
Hellfire Genesis Title screen
Hellfire Arcade Ship is more powerful.
Hellfire Genesis The backwards shot

Alternate Titles

  • "ヘルファイアー" -- Japanese spelling

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Dec, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Sega Force Genesis Jul 08, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Power Play Genesis Dec, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Raze Genesis Jan, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Video Games Genesis Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Your Sinclair Arcade Aug, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Nov, 1990 8.2 out of 12 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Arcade Jul, 1989 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Jan, 1991 600 out of 1000 60


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