Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Who wants to touch my Life Force?

Life Force is actually an NES port of arcade game Salamander, which is a spin off to Gradius. A side-scrolling shooter with power ups,  Life Force was my first look at what is known as the bullet-hell shooter genre. Playable in 2-player, the game is one heck of a time with a friend.

Like many games of the era, Life Force is a very trial and error type of game that must be played countless times to finally master. Getting just to the third and fourth levels is a significant accomplishment your first couple of goes with the game, but after mastering the enemy locations, it just becomes second nature.

What really stands out for me is the music in the game. Every song seems to fit the environment, and can be proudly put on any cell phone with confidence. I currently have the stage one music rocking my unknown numbers. I would like to see a modern game tackle a great 8-bit soundtrack as well as games were composed in the 80's and early 90's. There is just something simple about that sound that gets me every time.

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