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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 MSX Iggy Rock
Life Force TurboGrafx-16 Game over
Life Force ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Life Force Arcade Stage 1 "Multiplying Cells" a.k.a. "Bionic Germ"

Promo Images

Life Force Screenshot
Life Force Screenshot
Life Force Screenshot
Life Force Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "沙羅曼蛇" -- Japanese / Chinese (simplified) spelling
  • "Salamander (Life Force)" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game title
  • "Salamander" -- European title
  • "Salamander" -- Japanese Arcade/MSX title
  • "Life Force Salamander" -- European NES title
  • "Lifeforce" -- NES title screen
  • "Arcade Archives: Life Force" -- PS4 title

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User Reviews

An average, but still enjoyable and fun space shooter. NES Bregalad (964)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 May, 1992 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 24, 2016 A- 91
The Games Machine (UK) NES May, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Power Play NES Mar, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
HonestGamers NES Jan 31, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Commodore Disk User Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Mar 30, 2016 7.2 out of 10 72
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Apr, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Aug, 1988 6 out of 10 60

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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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