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-- BEGIN NES Life Force Manual --
HOW TO PLAY LIFE FORCE (TM)
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KONAMI INC. LIMITED WARRANTY
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This seal is your assurance that Nintendo (R) has evaluated and
approved the quality of this product.
This game is licensed by Nintendo to play on the Nintendo Entertainment
Nintendo and Nintendo Entertainment System are registered trademarks of
Nintendo of America Inc.
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You have just purchased the authentic Konami home version of Life
Force, one of Konami's many original arcade hits. We suggest that you
read this instruction manual thoroughly before playing the game.
Introduction/How to Play................ 4
The Starships........................... 5
Controlling The Action.................. 6
Galaxy Screen........................... 7
The Six Terror Zones.................... 9
The Enemy Defenses...................... 10
The Enemy Mayors........................ 12
Taking Care Of Your Game................ 14
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THE BIRTH OF ZELOS COULD MEAN THE DEATH OF ZILLIONS
In a remote quadrant of the universe there was hatched a hideous
creature. His proud parents, Ma & Pa Deltoid, named their only son
Zelos, which in alien lingo means "one mean son of a gun."
As Zelos grew into an adult space monster, his appetite turned
ravenous, his temper became ruthless, and his name proved an
understatement. It didn't take long for Zelos to leave the nest and go
out on his own, devouring everything in sight, including three
galaxies, four hundred planets, two trillion life forms and a side
order of stars.
Then your innocent galaxy appeared on Zelos's menu, and he chowed on an
entree of roast Gradius, with the planit Latis for dessert. Now, the
only chance these civilizations have of escaping from his digestive
tract lies with you and your starfighting partner.
But your odds look pretty grim, for Zelos is full of floating armada
terror zones, which are cities that have become a part of Zelos after
being eaten. Each of these zones is loaded with tremendous firepower
and unbelievable destructive suprises. You'll also find that Zelos's
heart and soul are positioned safely behind his traitor fleet.
That means you'll have to devastate the six Terror Zones and pblast
away their grotesque mayor before reaching Zelos's main artery and
putting an end to his eating binge.
HOW TO PLAY
Soaring on the fringes of the Gradian Galaxy in an ultra-blasting, warp
speed starship, your mission is to destroy Zelos at all costs.
Success won't come easy, though, as you dodge thousands of alien
attackers, utilizing your tremendous flying skills. You better have an
itchy trigger finger as well, because you'll gain bonus weapons by
wasting certain enemies, capturing their pods and then powering up.
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Life Force can be played by either one or two starfighters. If two
play, you fight as a team to save the galaxy.
To pilot the Vic Viper from the planet Gradius, choose Controller (1).
To pilot the RoadBritish Space Destroyer from the planet Latis, choose
THE STARSHIPS OF HEROES
[ Image of Vic Viper ] The Vic Viper
Constructed at the cost of 60 trillion Gradian Dollars, the Vic Viper
is the pride of all Gradius. A pilot can pull 600 G's at a warp speed
of 9 in this baby and still feel like he is lounging in a La-Z-Boy (R).
[ Image of RoadBritish ] The RoadBritish Space Destroyer
The people of Latis have always been known for their wondorous
engineering skills, and the RoadBritish Space Destroyer proves it. In
fact, this is the only starship in the galaxy to have beaten the Vic
Viper during time trials.
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CONTROLLING THE ACTION
[ Image of Controller ]
Use to guide your starship.
Press B button to fire your weapons.
Press A Button to power up
Press at the beginning of your missoin to choose either a one player
mode or a two player mode. At the end of your mission, press to
continue or end. (You can continue for a maximum 3 times)
Press to begin your attack on Zelos. Press during the middle of your
mission to pause the action.
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THE GALAXY'S BATTLEFIELD
[ Image of game screen ]
[ Lower right ] Vic Viper's power-up select sign
[ Under select sign ] Vic Viper's score
[ Lower left ] RoadBritish's power-up select sign
[ Under select sign ] RoadBritish's score
[ Centered under both scores] Up-to-date High Score
HOW TO POWER-UP
Blast certain enemy craft and red power pods will appear. Capture
these pods, because they will move your power-up potential from speed
up to force field. When the power up you desire lights up, press A
Button to activate it.
Choose From a Variety of Weapons and Force Fields
Allows you to maneuver more quickly.
Enables you to fire twin Destructo missiles.
Wipes out enemies who are attacking from scattered positions.
We're talking serious destruction capabilities with this sucker!
This gives your ship up to two extra attackers. If you're teamed up
with a partner, you can have two Options between you.
When activated this gives you awesome protecttion against enemy fire.
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THE TERROR ZONES
Cell Stage 1
The first terror zone you'll encounter comes from the Phenom Galaxy.
Awaiting you here is the dreaded death hand, a menace that has proved
fatal to less skillful starfighters.
Terror Zone II is a disaster area from the Baltic Galaxy. This is one
of Zelos's favorite allies, since he gets his jollies having molten
lava spit in your face.
The Prominence Stage
Scorching fire creatures rage out of control in Terror Zone III. And
of the hundreds of previous pilots, only a handful have blasted outta
here without getting their tails burned.
Cell Stage 2
Tiny life forms from the Ithaca Galaxy roam Terror Zone IV. It's here
that you'll also be pitted against ferocious internal cells that'll zap
you when you least expect it.
Oh no! The ancient city of temples from the planet Latis has turned
against you. What a heartbreaker. Whoever is piloting the RoadBritish
will be flying low, as he'll have to blast these expatriates.
Mechanical City Stage
Zelos's final barrier is naturally his most destructive. If you make
it past here you only have the mighty one's heart to destroy. For the
sake of millions, let's hope you survive.
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THE ENEMY DEFENSES - UNIVERSAL SCUM
[ Originally in no order -- organized by Zone ]
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THE ENEMY MAYORS AND THEIR MIGHTY GOVERNOR
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Zelos's heart and soul
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Treat Your Konami Game Carefully
- This Konami Game Pak is a precision-crafted device with complex
electronic circuitry. Avoid subjecting it to undue shock or
extremes of temperature. Never attempt to open or dismantle the
- Do not touch the terminal leads or allow them to come into contact
with water or the game circuitry will be damaged.
- Always make sure your NES Control Deck is SWITCHED OFF when
inserting the Game Pak or removing it from the NES Control Deck.
- Never insert your fingers or any metal objects into the terminal
portion of the expansion connector. This can result in malfunction
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COMPLIANCE WITH FCC REGULATIONS
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Konami (R) is a trademark of Konami Industry Co. Ltd.
Life Force (TM) is a trademark of Konami Inc.
Nintendo (R) and Nintendo Entertainment System (TM) are trademarks
of Nintendo of America Inc.
(C) 1988 Konami Inc.
Printed in Japan
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