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Blue Max

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 8-bit
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4.1
Commodore 64
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3.5
ZX Spectrum
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3.0
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Description

The storyline is based on a fictional pilot, Max Chatsworth, being (in-game) one of Britain's Flying Aces. Chatsworth's fame began in battle, when he was out on a reconnaissance mission, and his squadron was decimated by enemy planes. The pilot survived, and in the process shot down seven enemy fighters. He shot down thirteen more the next month. For these actions, Germany offered their Blue Max medal to anyone who could shoot Chatsworth down—and Chatsworth got a new nickname—Blue Max.

As Blue Max, you go out on sorties—flying missions—attacking assigned targets. Targets include bridges, buildings, enemy planes, tanks, bridges, anti-aircraft batteries, vehicles and ships. You progress to new missions as you take out your targets.

You must drop bombs to take out the ground targets, and this action also represents a key danger for you. Unlike the modern bombers that drop bombs on targets far below, early aircraft engaged in semi-suicidal bombing runs. The pilots started at high altitude, then tipped the planes nose downward towards their ground-based target, and pulled up before they hit the ground. In the middle of the dive and pull up process, they released the bomb. There were problems of coordination, found in the game as well—if you time it wrong, or start too low, you will crash.

This game has aroused some controversy too, which supposedly caused it to be banned in Germany. In the course of your missions, you end up bombing houses.

(The actual Blue Max/Blauer Max, is a nickname for the Prussian medal 'Pour le Mérite', first given to the pilots Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke. It required downing 8-20 enemy planes, with requirements increasing as the war progressed.)

Screenshots

Blue Max Atari 8-bit Game options
Blue Max ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Blue Max Atari 8-bit Title screen
Blue Max Atari 8-bit Flying over a bridge

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Jun 28, 2003 A 100
Computer Games Commodore 64 Feb, 1984 A+ 100
Micro 7 Atari 8-bit Dec, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Apr, 1985 6 out of 10 60
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Apr, 1985 4 out of 15 27
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari 8-bit Nov, 1991 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars 0

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Trivia

German index

On August 31, 1985, Blue Max was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. More information about what this means can be found in the game group.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #142 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list

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