Salamander (沙羅曼蛇 / サラマンダ Saramanda), retitled Life Force (ライフフォース Raifu Fōsu) in North America and in the Japanese arcade re-release, is a scrolling shooter arcade game by Konami. Released in 1986 as a spin-off of Gradius, Salamander introduced a simplified power-up system, two-player cooperative gameplay and both horizontally and vertically scrolling stages. Some of these later became the norm for future Gradius games.
A version for the PC Engine was released on December 6, 1991. Changes include starting from a pre-defined checkpoint upon death in 1 Player mode, faster enemy animations, and music being somewhat improved from the arcade version. In Japan, the PC Engine version was re-released for the Wii's Virtual Console on September 11, 2007, for PlayStation Network in July 21, 2010 and for the Wii U's Virtual Console on October 22, 2014, and also for the Project EGG con Windows Store on March 3, 2014.
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- Konami, SPS
- Konami, Sharp, Imagine Software
- JP Release Date
- December 6, 1991
- MVGL User Score
- Miki Higashino, Hidenori Maezawa, Shinya Sakamoto, Satoe Terashima, Atsushi Fujio