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Description

The land of Trazere was once ruled by the powerful and benevolent organization of mages known as Bloodwych. Governed by the Grand Dragon, the Bloodwych supervised over the balance in the land, protecting it from evil and driving it to prosperity. However, the second-in-command of Bloodwych, named Zendick, turned against his group, banished his opponents to the astral plane, and began working on a mad plan - summon the ultimate evil, the Lord of Entropy. The player controls the champion of Trazere, whose ultimate goal is to stop Zendick and restore peace in the country.

Bloodwych is an RPG in the style of Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder, being a 3D first-person maze-like game. This game's distinguishing feature is the two-player split screen support, allowing simultaneous playing on one computer.

Each player controls a party of four characters. The four basic classes are warrior, mage, adventurer, and thief; however, each class also has sub-classes, which are represented by four different colors. These colors come into play also when the characters learn and combine spells.

Screenshots

Bloodwych Amiga You can split screen and play with friend.
Bloodwych DOS Finally I can get some rest here!
Bloodwych Commodore 64 Taking a nap
Bloodwych Amstrad CPC At last, someone to fight!

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Zero Atari ST Nov, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Nov, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1989 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Commodore 64 Oct, 1990 74 out of 100 74
64'er Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 7 out of 10 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 62 out of 100 62
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1992 61 out of 100 61
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1989 7 out of 12 58

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Trivia

Remake

The developers of Bloodwych (Pete James and Anthony Taglione) later made a remake of their game, called Hexx: Heresy of the Wizard. The selectable characters are even the same for both games.

The game is set in the same universe as The Four Crystals of Trazere, which was also developed by the same programmers.

Spectrum version

The Spectrum version was crammed into the system - just 7 BYTES of memory was left on the largest levels.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue #06) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"

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