a game by Taito, and Toaplan
Genres: Flying, Shooting Games
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7.9/10, based on 6 reviews
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  • Number of Levels: 6
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Available: November 1990

War of the worlds!

After 1000 years of peace, war was a thing of the past. That is until some very strange things started to happen. Scientists noticed that stars in the sky began to disappear! They soon found out that it was the beginning of the most powerful alien invasion ever. With the entire galaxy under alien rule you, singlehandedly, must infiltrate their defenses and destroy the source of power which gives the enemy their strength.

In Hellfire, an old Toaplan arcade game, you must shoot your way through 6 levels of side scrolling action in order to reach the alien's power supply. For weapons, you start off with a standard shot cannon, but by grabbing the correct power-ups you can increase your firepower fivefold! The direction of fire can also be selected from 4 different firing patterns. Add on a shield for protection, and option fighter to double your firepower, and you just might have a chance for success!

As your progress deeper into alien space, the ememy's number increases dramatically. In order to survive, you will have to maintain a high level of power as well as use the proper directional alignment for eat of the diffent threats as well as the right times to use the powerful HellFire weapon!

The aliens have taken over one of the our historic wonders of the ancient world! Clean up the desert and then proceed carefully into the depth of one of the crypths to their stronghold in King Tut's tomb! Can the HellFire fighter penetrate and complete this mission?

Game Reviews

Adapted from a little-seen Toaplan arcade blaster, Hellfire introduces you to a galaxy filled with laser-spit-ting opponents bent on destruction. Through space stations and over alien worlds, Hellfire provides plenty of targets, both standard and Bosses, for your Hellfire gunship and its myriad of weapons systems. Yep, there's power-ups to increase weapon effectiveness and to increase your scores dramatically.

People say:


Hellfire is a quite enjoyable change of pace with enough originality (with the selectable weapons) to make it interesting. The graphics are fine and action are good, with the only shortcoming coming from the confusion that can ensues when changing weapons. Good fun!


In many respects Hellfire is as good as Gaiares but this soft is even harder. Too hard for my tastes but there are players who thrive on that. Great scrolling, plenty of fast action and good audio. Lose your power and you might as well restart the game - too hard.


Another great shooter to challenge your trigger finger. Hellfire is definitely the toughest shooter I've played on Genesis. Basically the idea is to keep your weapons at full power or you are dead meat. Excellent graphics and sounds and 6 extremely long and difficult levels.


Cool weapons, fast game play, and long levels. What more could a serious shooter fan ask for? More. Hellfire lacks decent end bosses and powerups. There is not much variety in this long game. Multiple endings do enhance it though. Hellfire is only an above average game.

The galaxy is under attack by a superpowerful army. The power source for your secret weapon has been taken and your people are defenseless. You must retrieve the power source and turn back the enemy which has taken over the six planets of the solar storm.

Based on an older arcade game, Seismic has converted it for the Genesis and gone one step better! In the cart version extra options plus a new 'hellfire' super weapon, which destroys everything in its path, has been added. It is an excellent side scrolling shooter with four different types of weapons. Each is instantly selectable with the B button and controls the direction of fire. As you progress through the stages you pick up additional power ups, each of which increases the destructive power of your weapon. Shields for defense, and a shadow ship also add to your weaponry.

  • Manufacturer: Seismic

Psychotic Aliens are Blasting You From All Directions!

Escape is nearly impossible, you feel the end is near. Don't worry, you wield the ultimate weapon "HELLFIRE"! This weapon will destroy any enemy in your path, but beware, your onboard supply is limited.

Don't think you can get out alive with blinding firepower alone, you'll need to utilize your four weapons with strategy and great prowess!

Complete with 4 Mbit ROM, 6 Levels, Continue, Selectable Firing Direction, Multiple Endings and 16-Bit Graphics.

At least you'll look good as you go down in flames!

  • Manufacturer: U.S.A.

This conversion kit, a business choice that is gaining popularity with arcade owners hoping to save a buck, provides thrilling rapid-fire space confrontations with threatening alien craft.

  • Levels: 6
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Average

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