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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 Title Screen (Japanese version)
Life Force MSX On your way!
Life Force Commodore 64 Blasting assorted enemies
Life Force Sharp X68000 Another vertical stage

Promo Images

Life Force Screenshot
Life Force Screenshot
Life Force Screenshot
Life Force Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "アーケードアーカイブス 沙羅曼蛇" -- Japanese Nintendo Switch / PS4 spelling
  • "沙羅曼蛇" -- Japanese / Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "沙罗曼蛇" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Salamander (Life Force)" -- Brazilian CCE's Top Game title
  • "Salamander" -- Japanese Arcade/MSX title
  • "Salamander" -- European title
  • "Life Force Salamander" -- European NES title
  • "Lifeforce" -- NES title screen
  • "Arcade Archives: Salamander" -- European & Japanese Nintendo Switch / PS4 title
  • "Arcade Archives: Life Force" -- Nintendo Switch / PS4 title

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User Reviews

An average, but still enjoyable and fun space shooter. NES Bregalad (967)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Sep, 1988 94 out of 100 94
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1990 86 out of 100 86
Tilt NES Jun, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Classic-games.net NES Jul 10, 2017 8 out of 10 80
Commodore Disk User Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 72 out of 100 72
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1990 65 out of 100 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1990 65 out of 100 65
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 52 out of 100 52
Commodore Computing International Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 75 out of 100 25

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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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