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Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

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Lifeforce (US)


Lifeforce (c) 10/1986 Konami.


- TECHNICAL -


Game ID : GX587


Main CPU : 68000

Sound CPU : Z80

Sound Chips : VLM5030, K007232, YM2151


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz

Palette colors : 2048


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2


- TRIVIA -


This game is known as "Salamander" in Japan, but it was re-released one year later in Japan as "Lifeforce" (06/1987).


Jason Wilson holds the official record for this game with 526,800 points.


Apollon Music released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Original Sound of Salamander - BY-5020) on 16/12/1986.

King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Salamander - Again : Konami Kukeiha Club - KICA-7601) on 25/05/1992.

Sony Music Entertainment released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Salamander Arcade Soundtrack - KOLA-030) on 09/04/2003.


- UPDATES -


Salamander, the original Japanese release, was originally a spin-off of "Gradius", but with a simplified power-up system and overhead stages.

Lifeforce, the US release, is just like the Japanese original only with slightly different color palettes.

Lifeforce, the Japanese re-release, has more organic looking graphics and adopts the "Gradius" power-up system.


- SERIES -


1. Nemesis (1985)

2. Lifeforce (1986)

3. Gradius 2 (1987, MSX)

4. Vulcan Venture (1988)

5. Nemesis 3 - The Eve of Destruction (1988, MSX)

6. Gradius III (1989)

7. Gradius - The Interstellar Assault (1991, Nintendo Game Boy)

8. Nemesis '90 Kai (1993, Sharp X68000)

9. Salamander 2 (1996)

10. Solar Assault - Gradius (1997)

11. Solar Assault - Revisited (1997)

12. Gradius Gaiden (1997, Sony PlayStation)

13. Gradius IV - Fukkatsu (1999)

14. Gradius Generation (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)

15. Gradius V (2003, Sony PlayStation 2)


- STAFF -


Game programmers : Hiroyasu Machiguchi, Mitsuo Takemoto, Toshiaki Takahori, Ikuko Minowa

Video graphic designers : Jun Sakurai, Miki Yoshikata, Ikuko Bando

Sound editors : Yoshiaki Hatano, Miki Higashino

Engineer : Yasushi Furukawa


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Nintendo Famicom (1988)

Sega Saturn (1997, "Salamander Deluxe pack Plus")

Sony PSP (2007, "Salamander Portable")