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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 Commodore 64 Avoid giant flames!
Life Force NES Title screen
Life Force Amstrad CPC Numerous enemies attack on the fire level
Life Force ZX Spectrum An end of level boss

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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User Reviews

An average, but still enjoyable and fun space shooter. NES Bregalad (968)

Critic Reviews

Top Secret NES Jan, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Commodore 64 Apr 20, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Zero NES May, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Tilt NES Jun, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Defunct Games NES Feb 07, 2013 B+ 83
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 823 out of 1000 82
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX May, 1988 8.8 out of 12 73
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Mar 30, 2016 7.2 out of 10 72
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 66 out of 100 66

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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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