by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins
Joe Blade is a character that features in a series
of budget games by Players software. It's a 2D
flip-screen action game where you have to rescue six
hostages, locate six bombs, defuse them all and then
escape before the countdown reaches zero. The game is
set in a prison complex where enemy guards patrol most
of the corridors. You will need to collect keys along
the way in order to access more of the game map. The
graphics are colourful with detailed backgrounds and
large sprites. You will need to find a map or make one
yourself in order to beat the game as the complex is
quite confusing and many areas look the same. Overall
it's a decent little budget game that's easy to play. It
was definitely worth just a couple of quid back in
The 'fixed' ending
that was still 'bugged'.
A fixed, fixed
version of the ending. The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used an infinite energy cheat. ("I coded a crazy
hack version of this game that allows you to press '0'
during game play to activate the ending" - Vinny).
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The ending to this game is bugged. The ending is simply
a text message of 'CONGRATULATION[S]' at the top of the
screen. The original version shows a garbled message at
the bottom of the screen which seems to be text about
the mission from the start of the game. Seems like a
data overflow error or such. I found a fixed version
that just showed the simple end message of 'CONGRATULATION[S]'.
("that too was a bugged version as it had the 'S'
missing from the 'CONGRATULATIONS' message" - Vinny)