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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.

Screenshots

Life Force Sharp X68000 A dragon-like creature called Intruder is the third boss
Life Force Commodore 64 Blasting assorted enemies
Life Force Sharp X68000 Second boss - Tetran
Life Force MSX Title screen

Promo Images

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Life Force Screenshot
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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 (968)

Critic Reviews

Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Apr 20, 2008 10 out of 10 100
The Video Game Critic NES Apr 26, 2000 A 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 94 out of 100 94
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 24, 2016 A- 91
Video Games NES Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Retro Game Reviews NES Jul 15, 2015 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Apr, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 66 out of 100 66
VideoGame NES Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 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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