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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.


Blood Money DOS Some strange creatures here... (EGA)
Blood Money DOS Purchasing new weapons (EGA)
Blood Money DOS Introduction (VGA)
Blood Money DOS Title screen (VGA)

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User Reviews

A great shoot-em-up with excellent graphics and animation but very difficult BdR (7037) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Where's my money? Blood Money that is! Salim Farhat (68) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Zero Apr, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1989 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1990 10 out of 12 83
Tilt Mar, 1990 16 out of 20 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jun, 1990 700 out of 1000 70
Retro Archives Nov 03, 2018 13 out of 20 65


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Title song sample sources (continued) 5 BdR (7037)
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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)

gilgamex (131) added Blood Money (DOS) on Apr 10, 2002
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