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Life Force

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Description

In a distant part of the universe, an alien creature called Zelos was born. As he grew so did his appetite, and soon he began devouring galaxies, planets, and stars by the hundreds. Now your planet has appeared in Zelos' path, and it is up to you and a partner to fly into battle to save your world.

Life Force is an action-packed shooter where there are six levels which alternate between side and vertical scrolling, each of them ending with a powerful guardian. Throughout the game, destroying certain enemies will release power ups which can be used to equip your ship with more powerful weapons, extra speed, and shields. Gameplay is for one player or two players simultaneously.

Screenshots

Life Force Arcade Boss 5 "Aircraft Carrier 'Death'"
Life Force Arcade Boss 3 "Intruder"
Life Force Sharp X68000 Stage 5 filled with asteroids
Life Force Amstrad CPC Yikes, the path can be narrow!

Alternate Titles

  • "沙羅曼蛇" -- Japanese spelling
  • "沙羅曼蛇" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Salamander (Life Force)" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game title
  • "Salamander" -- Japanese Arcade/MSX title
  • "Life Force Salamander" -- European NES title
  • "Lifeforce" -- NES title screen

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User Reviews

An average, but still enjoyable and fun space shooter. NES Bregalad (916)

The Press Says

Joystick (French) NES Apr, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 May, 1992 92 out of 100 92
NES Times NES Feb 07, 2010 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 881 out of 1000 88
Mean Machines NES Oct, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Quebec Gamers NES Feb 04, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
HonestGamers NES Jan 31, 2007 8 out of 10 80
NES Archives NES Jul 30, 2006 B 75
Power Play Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 72 out of 100 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Apr, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Salamander appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Anime

There was an Anime based on Life Force. It was called Salamander, made in 1988, and only released in Japan and the U.K. Sadly, all three episodes are out of print in both countries.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #90 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Shoot-'em-ups (Check 'em out)

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