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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 NES You often need to make your own path by shooting through organic structures.
Life Force NES Watch out for flames!
Life Force NES The volcanic stage
Life Force NES Watch out for Tutankhamanattack

Promo Images

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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. Bregalad (968) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Apr 26, 2000 A 100
The Video Game Critic Mar 24, 2016 A- 91
Retro Game Age Feb 15, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Mean Machines Oct, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Defunct Games Feb 07, 2013 B+ 83
Power Play Mar, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Video Games Mar, 1991 81 out of 100 81
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Total! (Germany) Sep, 1994 2 out of 6 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70

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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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Servo (57406) added Life Force (NES) on Sep 27, 2002
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