Blood Money

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
Critic Score User Score
Amiga
82
3.8
Atari ST
84
4.0
Commodore 64
75
3.3
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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 DOS Introduction (VGA)
Blood Money Commodore 64 Psygnosis logo
Blood Money Atari ST That enemy wants to steal my money
Blood Money Commodore 64 Don't crash into the cave walls!

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User Reviews

A great shoot-em-up with excellent graphics and animation but very difficult DOS BdR (4030)
Where's my money? Blood Money that is! DOS Terry Callahan (67)
Technically innovative and highly entertaining at the time Amiga Martin Smith (76)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Amiga Jul, 1989 94 out of 100 94
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 93 out of 100 93
ST/Amiga Format Amiga May, 1989 92 out of 100 92
The Atari Times Atari ST Jun 07, 2005 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1989 10.4 out of 12 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1989 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Atari ST 1989 80 out of 100 80
The One for ST Games Atari ST Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jul, 1990 9 out of 12 75
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Nov, 1989 740 out of 1000 74

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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)

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