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Long before DMA Design dismayed American soccer moms with Grand Theft Auto, the team's wicked sense of humor was on display with the cheerfully amoral shoot-'em-up Blood Money.
The simple plot involves blowing up spaceships and alien creatures for money, and then visiting stores like "Davy Jones' Locker" to buy power-ups. Underwater and space environments are represented in the four planets you visit.
Blood Money's biggest contribution to the side-view shoot-'em-up genre is in its keen humor and sense of style. It's mostly remembered today for the sample-heavy house music during the intro sequence. "The biggest unanswered question is, 'Where is the money?'" asks a sampled, anchorman's voice — while a spaceship sprite zips through digitized asteroids. In 1989, that was enough to make the users of mere EGA cards spasmodic with envy. ~ John Gorenfeld, All Game Guide