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Lifeforce Lifeforce - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Lifeforce - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Pilot your micro spacecraft through a body, eliminating the viruses, germs and other assorted diseases. Collect the energy capsules and choose the power-up options that you'd like. Defeat the end-bosses that appear at the end of the levels.

Lifeforce was produced by Konami in 1986.

Konami released 434 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Lifeforce was produced include: Ping Pong, Scooter Shooter, Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Twin Bee, Shao-lin's Road, Bass Angler, Castlevania, Double Dribble, Goonies, The, and Gradius (PlayChoice)


Name Lifeforce
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8427
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class JAMMA
Game Specific Lifeforce Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Lifeforce Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - ShootMissile
Sound Amplified Either (Mono or Stereo)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

Move your spaceship using the 8-way joystick and destroy the enemies by pressing the shoot button. Pick-up the energy capsules to increase your power. Choose from the following power-up options:

  • SPEED UP: Five speed levels.
  • MISSILE: Press missile button to launch.
  • LASER: Your forward rockets turn into deadly lasers.
  • RIPPLE LASER: Use shoot button to fire.
  • FORCE FIELD: Protect your ship with barriers.
  • MULTIPLE: Increase your fire power by up to four times.

You can obtain multiple special powers but you cannot have LASER as well as RIPPLE Laser.

Lifeforce KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.98 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 4.20

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 5.00

Technical Rating: 3.75

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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COPY OF: Salamander

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Lifeforce Census

There are 14,900 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,167 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Common - There are 35 known instances of this machine owned by Lifeforce collectors who are active members. Of these, 5 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 24 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Lifeforce machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Lifeforce circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for Lifeforce. There are 3 active VAPS members looking for Lifeforce boards sets.

This game ranks a 10 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


For mono sound output, a jumper block must be installed on CN3. This will route the sound to the standard JAMMA pins. For stereo sound, move the jumper block to CN2 and the output will be routed to CN5. Pins 1 and 2 are the left channel audio while pins 3 and 4 are for the right channel. NOTE: mono and stereo sound cannot operate simultaneously.


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