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Joe Blade

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 8-bit
...
4.9
ZX Spectrum
...
4.1
DOS
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4.9
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Description

Tough guy Joe Blade must rescue six respected leaders from the madcap Crax Bloodfinger, who has kidnapped them in different areas of his base. Along the way he will find six bombs which must be activated, leaving him with only 20 minutes to rescue everyone.

Joe Blade is viewed side-on and uses flick-screen progression. The bombs are deactivated by arranging letters into alphabetical order, but the bulk of the gameplay involves shooting and maze navigation. The screens are linked in various ways, and contain a number of keys which must be used correctly.

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Joe Blade Amstrad CPC Pick up the key.
Joe Blade Atari 8-bit Title screen and credits
Joe Blade Atari ST Game over
Joe Blade MSX Title screen

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The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Mar, 1988 72 out of 100 72
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Atari ST User Atari ST Jul, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Commodore User Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Index

On April 30, 1988, Joe Blade was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.

Spectrum version compatibility

The Spectrum version includes music for 128K systems, however this ordinarily does not play on +2A or +3 Spectrums. Type USR0 in +3 Basic to activate it successfully.
Contributed to by Agamenon3 (3244), Kabushi (121977) and Martin Smith (63162)