Bloodwych

Critic Score User Score
Amiga
68
...
Commodore 64
...
2.7
Amstrad CPC
...
0.8
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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 ZX Spectrum Select your character
Bloodwych Amstrad CPC A look at the spell book
Bloodwych DOS Main menu (EGA)
Bloodwych Commodore 64 During the game, you are free to buy, sell, or exchange items between your members

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Critic Reviews

ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1989 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1990 90 out of 100 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Oct, 1989 819 out of 1000 82
Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1989 79 out of 100 79
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
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1991 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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