Light Force (video game)

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Light Force
Publisher(s) Faster Than Light
Designer(s) Greg Follis, Roy Carter
Composer(s) Rob Hubbard
Platform(s) Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Release 1986
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player

Light Force is a shoot 'em up game released by FTL in 1986 for several home computer systems.


The Regulus system is under attack by aliens. A single Terran fighter of the "Light Force" of Galactic Fighter Command must defeat the invaders and rescue their hostages.


The game is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. The player controls a spaceship which must defeat waves of attacking enemies over five different levels.


The game went to number 2 in the UK sales charts, behind Paperboy.[1]

  • Sinclair User:

    "The ultimate blaster, LIGHT FORCE is mindless destruction at its very best. An essential purchase."[2]

  • Crash:

    "The graphics are THE BEST that I have seen on a Spectrum shoot 'em up ... large, colourful and very fast, and the background scrolling is excellent. Sound is a touch disappointing, as there are no tunes, but the effects more than make up for that. Gameplay is extremely compelling but very hard, which can be a little disheartening. I'd recommend this to everyone who likes a good shoot 'em up..."[3]

  • The game won the award for best graphics of the year according to the readers of Crash magazine,[4] and was nominated in two other categories. The Spectrum version was rated number 26 in the Your Sinclair Official Top 100 Games of All Time.[5]


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  2. ^ "Lightforce Review", Sinclair User, October 1986 
  3. ^ "Lightforce Review", Crash, November 1986 
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  5. ^ "Readers' Top 100 Games of All Time". Your Sinclair. September 1993. 

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