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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.


Joe Blade ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Joe Blade Atari 8-bit I found a guard I need to kill.
Joe Blade Amstrad CPC You have found a bomb.
Joe Blade DOS Main Menu.

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Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 92 out of 100 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Nov, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Atari User (UK) Atari 8-bit Nov, 1988 8 out of 10 80
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Mar, 1988 72 out of 100 72
Commodore User Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 7 out of 10 70
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
Compute's Amiga Resource Amiga Feb, 1990 14 out of 20 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Oct, 1987 7.6 out of 12 63
Amiga World Amiga Feb, 1990 Unscored Unscored


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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.

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  • Game Map (A screenshot map of the game (Atari 8-bit))
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