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Blood (DOS)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
84
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4.1
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Description

Caleb was once a feared gunslinger, until he met a woman who was involved with a mysterious cult known as Cabal. Caleb, too, is sucked in, and soon becomes one of the Chosen - the most favored worshippers of the evil god Tchernobog. But one day, Tchernobog inexplicably kills the four Chosen, including Caleb. Mysteriously resurrected years later, Caleb is out to get revenge, and learn why his lord cast him down so abruptly.

Blood is a first-person shooter with horror elements, which uses the Build engine. Similarly to Duke Nukem 3D, the environment is interactive: many objects can be physically moved or affected in other ways. Destruction of landscapes is possible (although only in specific spots), with bullet holes being left by misplaced shots. The Build engine version is 2.5D, so there are rooms above rooms and puzzles which are based on this.

The game consists of four episodes, each containing a set of maps that have to be traversed by the protagonist in a specific order. The levels are usually realistic-looking structures, e.g. a carnival complete with twisted attractions, a city district, a moving train, etc.

Throughout the levels, Caleb will have to find keys (up to six in a level) and hit switches in order to work his way to the exit. On the way, he will meet a variety of enemies, such as zombies that tend to come back to life after killed, cultists armed with shotguns and tommy guns that shout in pseudo-Latin language, crawling hands that attempt to choke him, hell-hounds that can set him on fire with their breath, and many more. Boss battles await Caleb at the end of each episode.

To defend himself against this menace, Caleb utilizes a variety of weapons: a pitchfork; a flare gun that can set enemies on fire; a sawed-off shotgun; a tommy gun; a napalm launcher; TNT bundles which come in three different varieties; a home-made flamethrower made of an aerosol can; a tesla cannon that electrocutes enemies; a magical staff dubbed "Life Leech"; and a voodoo doll.

There are items to pick up strewn around. Unlike most other 3D shooters, the protagonist's health is not replenished via medikits, but by "Life Essences", heart-like power-ups randomly dropped by enemies upon their death. It is also possible to find armor, which comes in three different varieties - Physical, Fire, and Spiritual, each one defending Caleb from different attacks. There are also other power-ups: some (such as Jumping Shoes or Doctor's Bag) can be picked up and activated at any time, while others (such as Partial Invisibility) activate immediately when taken.

As the title implies, violent and gory imagery plays a significant role in the game. Enemies might explode when taken out; it is possible to kick severed heads; impaled victims can be found lying around; enemies die in different ways depending on how they are attacked and in which part of their body, etc.

Screenshots

Blood DOS Choose the episode. You can switch to a higher resolution...
Blood DOS On a pirate ship, with a double-barrel shotgun, looking at a typical "can't open because I don't have the corresponding key" door, and some TNT in front...
Blood DOS Doctor, I think these patients are getting worse...
Blood DOS Setting people on fire... you can choose to do it, you can choose not to...

Alternate Titles

  • "Horror 3D" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Good, bad... I'm the guy with the gun אולג 小奥 (168610) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
(Review from 1997) Blood isn't for the squeamish, but it's devilishly fun. Kadath Bird (712) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A Doom clone, but a very good one Maw (849) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
One of the bloodiest, sickest, most sadistic, frightening 3D shooters ever...and I LOVE IT!!! Satoshi Kunsai (1816) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Bloody. Absolutely Bloody *Katakis* (37795) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Odiosux cruo!!!! Roger Wilco (1113) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
The bloodiest and sickest FPS to date! Aapo Koivuniemi (43) unrated
Bloody Good Fun Tom White (14) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
The ultimate cult classic computer game... Mr. Me (36) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
I live...again! Mr. Hapton (11) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Retrogaming History Nov 19, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Game.EXE Mar, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Freak Apr, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Retro Spirit Games Nov 02, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 1997 84 out of 100 84
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Jeux Jun, 1997 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Jun 26, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Gamezilla 1997 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Blood manual 4 Foxhack (12474)
Aug 18, 2009
Blood ... for Mac? 8 Foxhack (12474)
Jun 02, 2008

Trivia

3dfx patch

Monolith released an alpha patch for Blood that provided 3DFX support. Unfortunately, being an alpha patch, it only works with version 1.0 of Blood, not One Unit Whole Blood. It is also incompatible with Voodoo Rush and Voodoo 2 chipsets.

Cultists

The strange language spoken by the cultists is supposed to be a combination of Latin and Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the ancient language of India, from which several modern languages of that region originated.

Cut features

One early feature that Q Studios was planning to add to Blood was the idea of "BloodLust". According to this feature, each time when the player killed a minion of the Dark God, his BloodLust meter climbed a notch. If his BloodLust climbed high enough, he metamorphosed into the Beast. As the Beast, he was supposed to be stronger and faster than a human, but he was also limited in his choice of weaponry. Of course, BloodLust waned with time--if the player did not kill frequently, he reverted to human form. This feature was not added to the final release of the game.

Death Mask

Death Mask, the power-up that makes you invincible for a short period of time, does not tint your view with color while active, so it's impossible to see when it runs out, which makes it somewhat less useful. The Monolith team admitted that they forgot to implement this.

Development

Apogee were the ones who started production on this game in 1994. The developers were Q Studios Corporation (an independent game development studio). In the short while they were working on it, they called it Horror 3D. After a while the rights for the game was sold to Monolith which completed the game and changed the name to Blood, which we're familiar with today.

Extras

Some versions of Blood came with a second CD that contained demos and the video for Love you to Death by the appropriately gloomy band Type O Negative.

German index

On June 28, 1997, Blood was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. The game group contains more information about what this means.

Inactivity

When you stand still for a few seconds, Caleb starts to sing lounge classics. Some of the songs he knows are My Way, Puttin' on the Ritz, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. There's No Business Like Show Business and Strangers in the Night.

References

  • The game contains easter eggs with references to Jack Nicholson, Duke Nukem and The Crow. The tips & tricks section contains information how to reach them.
  • In the level after the train level, you will able to see in the rest of the train, the clothes of Harrison Ford's charachter in The Fugitive
  • The cheat code for god mode in Blood is 'mpkfa', where 'mp' stands for Monolith productions and 'kfa' is taken from 'idkfa', the cheat code for all weapons in DOOM. It seems like Monolith was paying a tribute to DOOM.
  • In the first level of the third episode, there's a secret room which is based on the infamous "Sloth" murder from the movie Se7en. There are those goody-smelly Wunderbaum trees hanging on the ceiling and the word "Sloth" is written in blood just above the bed.
  • In the level "Crystal lake" you can find several locations from the Friday The 13th horror movies.
  • There is one gag available only in the Blood shareware that did not make it to the retail version of the game. During the first mission (E1M1) on the second floor of the Mausoleum there is an embalming room with a conveyor belt and a furnace. Among the items in this room are the "drips" that one would find in a hospital. Some a filled with what can only be blood. In the shareware version if one activates the blood drip one hears Caleb draw a big slurp, and exclaim "Aaah, tastes like Kool-Aid." This line was dropped from the Retail version, most likely due to copyright issues. Thus when Caleb takes a drink we only hear the slurping sound effect, and the subsequent "Aaah."
  • Axe-wielding zombies say "Brains" or "More Brains" and there are dormant zombies found in metal drums. These are all references to the Return of the Living Dead films.
  • E1M1 the morgue has a sign saying "Welcome to Morningstone!" with the Morningstone crossed out with spraypaint and replaced with "HELL." This is a reference to a similar place in a H. P. Lovecraft novel.
  • In E1M2 Caleb at one point says "out, out, damned spot!" A reference to Lady Macbeth washing her hands of blood in Shakespeare's play Macbeth.
  • In E1M2 the train station is called Central Miskatonic, and the train has 666-PHANTOM emblazoned on the side. More HP Lovecraft.
  • When you have the Incinerator equipped, Caleb will occasionally remark "I love the smell of napalm in the morning," a reference to Apocalypse Now.
  • In E3M2, enter the wine cellar and Caleb will comment on a certain barrel "A cask of Amontillado!" Edgar Allen Poe wrote a short story with the same name. Destroy the barrel and you'll find several sawn off limbs and body parts inside.
  • In the secret level "Butchery Loves Company" you can find a hidden area with a Duke Nukem arcade machine. Caleb will remark "I don't have time to play with you," a corruption of one of Duke's many one-liners.
  • Caleb's catchphrase "I...live...AGAIN!" is lifted out of Army of Darkness.
  • It is not known if this ever appears in the game, but on the Blood CD there is an audio file that has Caleb saying "That's all, folks!" in a fake Bugs Bunny voice.
  • And if you 'activate' Eric Draven's gravestone on the first level of Blood, Caleb will say 'Nevermore'. As in "Quoth the raven: 'nevermore' " of course!
  • In one further piece of homage in this densely referential work, on the second page of the "default keys" reference, characters from Blood will comically re-enact gameplay from Pac-Man, Asteroids and Donkey Kong.

Shareware

The shareware version of the game contains many things that are not present in the full version, such as mushrooms that cause you to become delirious. The shareware levels are also slightly different in the full version. For example: E1M2 has been updated to include civilians which are not present in the shareware.

Tchernobog

The name Tchernobog means black god (crno bog) in Slavic dialect. It is a pagan deity dated from ancient 12th century Slavic religion. Also, compare Chernovoi [CHAIR-no-VOY] "bad, occult spirit" in Russian, or Domovoi, Russian for "a good spirit that lives at an inn or a person's house, and protects it from bad things, as long as the person is basically good." There is a Domovoi (in fact two of them, one with a large role who has blue fur, and the other with a small role who has discolored brown fur) in Quest for Glory IV. In medieval Russian folk tales, when the good housewife heard the house making creaking noises, these were supposed to be the sounds made by the mommy Domovoi's little tiny children. It was said to be a good idea for the housewife to throw down a heavy cloth on top of the place where the housewife heard the noises. The mommy Domovoi would then not be able to hear where her little children were, because the cries would be muffled. In exchange for telling the mommy Domovoi where her children were, it was said that the medieval Russian housewife could ask the mommy Domovoi any question at all, and would be able to count on getting a magically correct and complete answer.

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart required special editions of this game to be made before they would sell it. Identical to the original game in most aspects, they toned down the gore and removed any nudity.

Information also contributed by 88 49, B14ck W01f, bächtërmän, ClydeFrog, Corn Popper, Emepol, Goteki45, JudgeDredd, Maw, MDMaster, Michael Palomino, Pseudo_Intellectual, Roger Wilco, Scott Monster, WildKard and Xoleras

Related Web Sites

  • Blood Cheats (from 3D Gamers)
  • Blood Pool (Ring of sites dedicated to Blood. Some may be down but there are many still working.)
  • Control Z's Blood Site (A good Fan Site for Blood)
  • Crapshoot (A humorous review on PC Gamer)
  • Crudux Cruo (A fan site that contains custom level reviews, a "Blood Bank", and links to other sites. In the cultist language "Crudux Cruo" means "Fresh Blood." )
  • Deathmask.net (A personal fan-page that contains some downloads and other things relating to Blood. It also hosts the famous "Build on XP" tutorial.)
  • PlanetBlood (Featuring downloads, reviews, hosted sites, fan fiction/art... just about everything that has to do with Blood 1 and 2. The perfect site for any Bloodite.)
  • Purgatory (The site of a large, four-episode Total Conversion for Blood.)
  • The 13th Realm (A Blood total-conversion that aims to include more "traditional" horror elements in Blood's levels.)
  • The Postmortem (Sort of a monument-like fansite built for Blood and Blood II: The Chosen to keep it's soul alive for the next generation of Bloodites.)
  • Zaphod's Blood Page (One of the oldest existing fansites for Blood, Zaphod's contains screenshots, custom maps, and some hints and tips.)
Accatone (5187) added Blood (DOS) on Mar 06, 2000