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In the year 2998, humanity has finally reached the stars, and was able to build a prosperous, peaceful society. However, a space matter known as the Black Nebula began to spread, threatening to engulf the galaxies controlled by humans. It turned out that a robotic dictator named Super Mech was behind this occurrence. The Earth sends Captain Lancer, a skillful pilot navigating the powerful CNCS1 aircraft, equipped with the most powerful weapon: the Hellfire...

This is a horizontal space shooter, with the traditional premise of a lone pilot traversing hostile areas and out-manoeuvring and/or destroying quick and numerous enemies. What sets this shooter apart from many other horizontal space shooters is that you choose the direction of your shots at any time between forward, backward, upward+downward and 4-way diagonal. The 4-way diagonal shot is usually the most effective and makes for some interesting gameplay setups, such as stationary guns you can only reach by passing them (while avoiding their shots) and then placing yourself diagonally above them. There is also a bomb to take out multiple enemies. The game has a standard set of pickups: P icons for powering the weapons, S icons for increasing ship speed, B icons for bombs, and score icons.


Hellfire Genesis Using the forward shot
Hellfire Genesis Leaving the drop ship at the start of the game
Hellfire Genesis At beginning of the first level
Hellfire Genesis Using the up/down shots

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hellfire S: The Another Story" -- TurboGrafx CD Tag-lined title
  • "Hellfire S" -- TurboGrafx CD title
  • "ヘルファイアー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Dec, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Sega Force Jul 08, 1993 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic Apr 27, 2008 A- 91
Power Play Dec, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Video Games Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1991 31 out of 40 78
Sega-16.com Jul 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1990 8.2 out of 12 68
Score Mar, 1994 60 out of 100 60
Thunderbolt Games Dec 19, 2004 3 out of 10 30


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Version differences

Arcade: There are two arcade versions, a "2 player cabinet" version allowing simultaneous co-op play and a "1 player cabinet" version with only alternating multiplayer. The 2P version respawns you on the spot when you die or continue, while the 1P version sends you back to a checkpoint.
Genesis: The Genesis version adds a limited-use special weapon and some additional power-ups. It sends you back to a checkpoint on death.
Carl-Henrik (691) added Hellfire (Genesis) on Jun 21, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (257787) and Unicorn Lynx (181389)
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