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Life Force

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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.


Life Force Commodore 64 Avoid giant flames!
Life Force Commodore 64 Guardian of stage two
Life Force Arcade Final Cutscene Part #1
Life Force Sharp X68000 Another vertical stage

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 (917)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic NES Apr 26, 2000 A 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 881 out of 1000 88
Mean Machines NES Oct, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Tilt NES Jun, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Quebec Gamers NES Feb 04, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
The Games Machine (UK) MSX Jun, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Power Play NES Mar, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
NES Archives NES Jul 30, 2006 B 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) NES May, 1990 740 out of 1000 74


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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.


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.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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