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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 Commodore 64 The blue 'options' provide you with more firepower
Life Force Sharp X68000 Boss of Stage 5 - Death MK I
Life Force Sharp X68000 Title screen
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

Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 May, 1992 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 881 out of 1000 88
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Feb, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Quebec Gamers NES Feb 04, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
The Games Machine (UK) MSX Jun, 1988 82 out of 100 82
NES Archives NES Jul 30, 2006 B 75
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 66 out of 100 66
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1990 65 out of 100 65
VideoGame NES Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
HonestGamers TurboGrafx-16 Feb 02, 2013 5 out of 10 50

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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)

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