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Life Force (NES)

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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 Skull boss in a vertical-scrolling level
Life Force NES The final boss
Life Force NES Due to the many obstacles, the game has an insane difficulty.
Life Force NES Golem, the guardian of level one

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. Bregalad (916) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

The Press Says

Top Secret Jan, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Apr 26, 2000 A 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Tilt Jun, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Power Play Mar, 1989 81 out of 100 81
HonestGamers Jan 31, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) Sep, 1994 2 out of 6 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) May, 1990 740 out of 1000 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70
VideoGame 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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Servo (55766) added Life Force (NES) on Sep 27, 2002
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