Joe Blade (Spectrum 48K/128K) -

Joe Blade (1987) (Spectrum 48K/128K, Cassette) United Kingdom
Publisher: Players

Genre: Arcade; Monochrome Search & Solve Puzzles

Cover Art Language(s): English

Machine Compatibility: Spectrum 48K, Spectrum 128K

Release: Professionally released On Cassette

Available For:
Amiga 500, Amstrad CPC464, Atari ST, Atari XE/XL, BBC/Electron, Commodore 64/128 & Spectrum 48K/128K

Compatible Emulators: ZXSpin (PC (Windows))
Nutria (PC (MS-DOS))

How To Play

Take control of all-action hero Joe Blade and traverse a base rescuing hostages and completing various puzzle games against a timer.

Game Information

Original Release Date: 1st Nov 1987
Features: AY Sound when combined with the Zaxon AY-Magic Sound Interface
Original Release Price: £1.99
Market Valuation: £2.50 (How Is This Calculated?)
Weight Boxed: 64g
Box Type: Cassette Single Plastic Clear
Author(s): Martin Severn, Gari Biasillo & Colin Swinbourne  

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What They Said

"Graphically Joe Blade is a bit iffy; cardboard-cutout sprites wobble around a nicely detailed background. It's quickly addictive, but I doubt its long-term playability." (Read Full Review)
... Crash
"A game with elements to please all. With a clever sub-game and nice graphics, it deserves to go down a treat." (Read Full Review)
... Sinclair User
"The best Players budget game ever: A terrific search 'n' shoot mini Dan Dare clone, with good graphics and animation." (Read Full Review)
... Your Sinclair

Critic Score

81%based on 3 review(s)

Audience Score

100%based on 2 vote(s)
Cover Art

Front Cover

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A digital version of Joe Blade suitable for ZXSpin (PC (Windows)), Nutria (PC (MS-DOS))

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The Story

In an ambitious raid, a gang of vicious terrorists led by the infamous Crax Bloodfinger have kidnapped six world leaders, demanding thirty billion dollars ransom for their safe release. Of course, the governments concerned have refused to pay and as the deadline draws nigh they decide to take the only course of action left open to them: send in Joe Blade...

Joe Blade - trained in a Tibetan monastery. Mean, tough and fearless, his very name strikes fear into the cold hearts of every gangster, assassin and drug baron.

The Mission

You are Joe Blade.... Armed only with a light semi-automatic machine gun, you must infiltrate Bloodfinger's massive fortified HQ and rescue the hostages.

Bloodfinger's base is guarded heavily by his private uniformed army and underworld henchmen, contact with which will drain your strength.

The stronghold is also protected by 6 booby-trapped explosive devices, all of which must be activated, giving you twenty minutes to complete your task before Bloodfinger's lair blows up taking you with it.

To activate these explosives you have to rearrange the access code into alphabetical order using left, right and fire to swap the letters. Scattered around are various pieces of equipment and supplies that may be used to your advantage.

Game Controls

O - Left, P - Right, Q - Jump/Go Through Door, A - Go Through Door, SPACE - Fire machine gun

Or use a Kempston or Sinclair Joystick



Joe Blade is Item ID 5344 in our database. Last modified on Monday 6th July 2020 at 08:33:51 PM.

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