Salamander (TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine Emulated)

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Salamander 275,400 points
Salamander 275,400 points
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Why didn't the TG-16 get this game?!?  I had a TG-16...and I thought it sucked because I only had one game...Keith Courage.  I couldn't find any other games.  This makes me want a PC Engine...white, orange, blue, it wouldn't matter.  If all I had was this game for a PC Engine, and the console to play on, I would be happy.  I'm going to have to get one of these.  I must have a controller to play it with.  LOL.  Excellent port Konami did of this game.  And it moves a lot faster than the NES port does.

-- Posted by kamakazi20012 on 2015-09-01 20:16:20   Reply
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@kamakazi20012: You could get a turbo grafx 16 with an everdrive, I've also seen region converters for the games. I've got one coming in the mail along with an everdrive :)
-- Posted by derek on 2015-09-02 04:36:11   Reply
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TG-16 prices are higher than the PC Engines.  I could afford a PCE before I could a TG16.  I never understand how people thought those machines were worth that much.  It's old tech, but fun tech.  I guess the fun factor makes it more valuable LOL.  Let me know how that Everdrive works for you.

-- Posted by kamakazi20012 on 2015-09-02 16:30:03   Reply
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This version is harder in my opinion.  Namely since you don't resume where you died in this version.  And there's no 30 life code.

-- Posted by LarcenTyler on 2015-09-02 17:55:29   Reply
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That is the only thing about this port of Salamander/Life Force I don't like.  At least with the NES port it just slaps your butt back in the game where you died.

The only thing really distracting about this game is the music.  It's distracting because I've played the game so much in my younger days on the NES that I practically can hum it without thought.  The PCE port music is the same as the NES so I found myself humming along and not paying attention to my ship as I should.  My ship exploding and me swearing usually snaps me out of it...but only for a few minutes LOL.

-- Posted by kamakazi20012 on 2015-09-02 23:17:03   Reply
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Just played this on an emulator and its a great portyes

As far PC engines vs TG16, I couldnt find a PC engine on amazon but they had qiute a few TG 16's and I snagged one for 110$ with the wires, controller, and keith courage. To me 110$ not that bad for one, all though they had some listed for 300$ plus. Whenever a tg16 does appear on game store shelf in my area, they are usaully 150$.

I got the console the other day and it works great, just waiting on the everdrivesmiley

-- Posted by derek on 2015-09-08 14:18:54   Reply
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I that true, this game has another name in the USA called "Life Force"?  I used to play "Lifefource"  all the time at the arcade.  You got my vote.

-- Posted by DakotaKid on 2015-09-09 17:15:27   Reply
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@derek I just viewed Amazon's options for a TG-16.  Under $100 don't come with controllers...and those are proprietary controllers.  It seems to be easier, albeit a little more costly, to find PC Engines with controllers, most complete with boxes even, for the price of a TG-16 that is console-only.  I just don't see spending $80 on just the machine.  That's obsurb.

@DakotaKid You are right.  The US got the game as Life Force.  I have never seen the actual arcade cabinet for this game and I didn't see the arcade game at all until a few years ago when I started toying around with MAME.  My first experience with it was on the NES when it came out.  It's a great game and one of the NES's hidden gems in my book.  The PC Engine port blew my mind.  It's a great port.  It's faster and sounds better than the NES but it also is missing some of the levels that the NES had.  I guess at one point Konami decided to combine two bosses in one level (the second level) on the NES.  This port seems more faithful to the arcade.

-- Posted by kamakazi20012 on 2015-09-09 18:12:32   Reply