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Blood Money

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MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
82
3.8
DOS
82
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Atari ST
84
4.0
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Description

The speech in the introductory sequence probably sums things up best - "the biggest unanswered question is 'where is the money?"

The player has 4 missions to take on, in each case trying to kill baddies for the money they have, which can be spent in the shop rooms to upgrade their craft. Energy is depleted by contact with enemies and the walls, although there are some baddies who simply hover on your ship and steal, rather than physically doing damage.

The game is a shoot 'em up which scrolls both horizontally and vertically, while being viewed from an R-Type style sideways perspective. Navigating the levels sometimes requires the player to duck through gaps in scenery.

Screenshots

Blood Money Commodore 64 Gameplay on the first level
Blood Money Commodore 64 Game over
Blood Money Atari ST At the beginning of level one
Blood Money Commodore 64 The pathway can get narrow

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User Reviews

A great shoot-em-up with excellent graphics and animation but very difficult DOS BdR (3858)
Where's my money? Blood Money that is! DOS Terry Callahan (67)
Technically innovative and highly entertaining at the time Amiga Martin Smith (76)

The Press Says

The Atari Times Atari ST Jun 07, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jun, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1989 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Sep, 1989 10 out of 12 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Commodore User Amiga Jun, 1989 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 9 out of 12 75
Amiga User International Amiga Jul, 1989 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Jun, 1990 700 out of 1000 70

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Title song sample sources (continued) 5 BdR (3858)
Jun 20, 2014
Title song sample sources 4 djindio (1458)
Mar 15, 2013

Trivia

Artwork

The artwork used on the front of the box and on the intro screen is called "Protector" and was made by the well-known British illustrator Peter Andrew Jones. Like a lot of his art, the piece has appeared on sci-fi book covers: it was first used for a 1979 British paperback release of Larry Niven's Protector and depicts Phssthpok the Pak, a main character from the book. It also appeared on a Dutch edition of Niven's Ringworld Throne and is featured in Jones' art book Solar Wind.

Inspiration

David Jones wrote the game inspired by an arcade game called Mr. Heli. He wrote it at home, in his bedroom, in his spare time.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Action Game in 1989
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1990 - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • Issue 01/1991 - #2 Best Shoot-'em-Up in 1990
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Phil King)

Contributed to by gilgamex (113), paul cairey (321), mike dailly (3) and Servo (55766)