- Also Known As
- Number of Players
- Release Date
- Aug 1988
- 25th Sep 1987
- 22nd Nov 1989
Wii (Wii Shop)
- 16th Feb 2009, 500 points
- 24th Dec 2008, 500 points
3DS (3DS eShop)
- 20th Feb 2013, ¥500
- 19th Dec 2013, £4.49
- 23rd Jan 2014, $4.99
Wii U eShop
- 21st Aug 2014, $4.99
- 18th Sep 2014, £3.49
Konami's 1985 hit Gradius is one of the most influential scrolling shooters of all time, so it was pretty tough to follow up. Rather than make Gradius II right away, the company decided to create a spin-off; Life Force — originally known in Japan as Salamander — hit arcades in 1986 and the NES two years later. Space shooters were...
A force to be reckoned with
The space shooter is a genre that has somewhat faded into obscurity in recent years, both due to advances in technology rendering their limited scope obsolete and their typically gruelling difficulty proving unpalatable to some gamers. The NES port of Life Force, (or Salamander, as it was originally known on Eastern...
Use the force!
For those not in the know, Life Force started out life known as Salamander in Japan and was renamed for Western audiences. The Salamander series is a spin off to Konami’s famous Gradius franchise of shooters; the main differences in Salamander are the introduction of a simultaneous 2 player mode, vertically scrolling stages in...
Skyrim! Pokemon! RIVE! Lumo! Battle Chef Brigade! Much, much more!
It's the norm now, but it's another very busy week in the North American Nintendo Download update. We reckon it's a bit of a corker, too, with major retail releases being joined by some very tempting download-only titles. The Switch, 3DS and Wii U are all catered to, so let's get to...
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Free Disney Infinity, Mega Man, Demon's Box, BlazBlue, Discounts and more
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Fighting and shooting, NES style
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Jack of Mighty Bombs, a Life Force and some discounts
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Good news for shoot 'em up fans - Arguably the best shmup on the NES is available today!
Life Force is a spin-off of the Gradius series. You once again control Vic Viper (Or Lord British) as you make your way through numerous stages to beat the aliens again. The main difference between Life Force and the Gradius games is the level layout - Gradius...
This classic shooter, originally ported to the NES in August 1988, is a spin-off of the seminal Gradius series.
Pilot the Vic Viper through six stages of intense action, alternating between horizontally and vertically scrolling environments, and take on wave after wave of enemies. Destroy particular enemies throughout the game (which takes place within the body of an enormous alien) to release power-up capsules and equip your ship with your choice of more powerful weapons, extra speed and shields.
Utilize the power-ups carefully, though, as a fearsome guardian lurks at the end of each stage and won't be easily defeated. You can go it alone or bring along a friend to take on the challenge simultaneously. Do you have what it takes to save your planet?