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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 NES Golem, the guardian of level one
Life Force Sharp X68000 Second boss - Tetran
Life Force Sharp X68000 Stage 2 takes place vertically
Life Force ZX Spectrum Numerous enemies attacking...

Alternate Titles

  • "沙羅曼蛇" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "沙羅曼蛇" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Salamander (Life Force)" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game 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 (938)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 May, 1992 92 out of 100 92
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Total! (Germany) NES Sep, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jul, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX May, 1988 8.8 out of 12 73
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 66 out of 100 66
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1990 65 out of 100 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Aug, 1988 6 out of 10 60
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 52 out of 100 52
Commodore Computing International Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 75 out of 100 25

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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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