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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 The walls grow outward in this passageway
Life Force Commodore 64 Blasting through a solid wall
Life Force Commodore 64 The blue 'options' provide you with more firepower
Life Force Commodore 64 Guardian of stage two

Promo Images

Life Force Screenshot
Life Force Screenshot
Life Force Screenshot
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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Critic Reviews Apr 20, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Sep, 1988 94 out of 100 94
Commodore Force Aug, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Commodore User Jul, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Commodore Disk User Dec, 1988 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Oct, 1988 72 out of 100 72
The Games Machine (UK) Oct, 1988 66 out of 100 66
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Commodore Computing International Oct, 1988 75 out of 100 25


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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)
  • 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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Martin Smith (66870) added Life Force (Commodore 64) on Jul 04, 2004
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