Monday, May 11, 2015

Blood Money

This is one of my all-time favourite Atari ST games released by Psygnosis in 1989 and features some of the best graphics you will see in any scrolling shoot'em up. However, I often find this game gets some awkward/mixed reactions which are confusing to me. Blood Money displays some of the most beautiful background graphics, sprites whilst playing lovely audio. This is all thanks to the talent of Wayne Smithson who saved Psygnosis from releasing yet another cheap Amiga port. Sure proves the power of the ST in the hands of a decent programmer who needed no custom chips. Still, I cannot help wondering how an STe would have done...

Looks like my ship is about to be eaten but I do love the sprites and gorgeous designs throughout.

Okay, there is a little slowdown during some of the busier scenes but it's nothing that distracts from the gameplay. Overall, I don't think this is the best shoot 'em up on the ST but it's certainly up there because it's great fun and very challenging. Soak your money in blood and play this game on either floppy or off your hard drive.

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