Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Blood Money (DOS)

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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 Some strange creatures here... (EGA)
Blood Money DOS The main menu (VGA)
Blood Money DOS Starting a new game (EGA)
Blood Money DOS Introduction (VGA)

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User Reviews

A great shoot-em-up with excellent graphics and animation but very difficult BdR (3424) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Where's my money? Blood Money that is! Terry Callahan (67) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Zero Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1989 85 out of 100 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jun, 1990 700 out of 1000 70

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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 01/1991 - #2 Best Shoot-'em-Up in 1990

gilgamex (113) added Blood Money (DOS) on Apr 10, 2002
Other platforms contributed by paul cairey (321), mike dailly (3) and Servo (55897)