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Blood Money

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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.

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Credits (Amiga version)

7 People

Code, design, and concept by
  • DMA Design
Coded by
Sound Effects
Cover Picture by
Booklet conceived and produced by
  • Partners In Publishing



Subject User Date
Title song sample sources (continued) BdR (7102) 2014-06-20 07:59:18
Title song sample sources leilei (338) 2013-03-15 19:53:35



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.


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.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Action Game in 1989
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1990 - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • Issue 01/1991 - #2 Best Shoot-'em-Up in 1990* Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Phil King)

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  • MobyGames ID: 6173


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by gilgamex.

Atari ST added by paul cairey. Commodore 64 added by mike dailly. Amiga added by Servo.

Additional contributors: Terok Nor, Roedie, Martin Smith, xxxxxxxxxxx, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack.

Game added April 16th, 2002. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.