Joe Blade

• Publisher: Players
• Developer:
Release Date: 1987
Code: K. Parker, C. Johnson

GFX: Unknown
Music: Gary Biasillo

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 92%
Our Game Rating: 89%





> JOE BLADE by Players

• Completed 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 eighties...

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)


  • Neil: A simple text message ending that wasn't coded properly. Even when fixed it's still a shocker. Shame on you guys. 1/10.
  • Vinny: It's crazy to think that back in the day you could pop over to your local computer game shop and pick up a descent game for only £1.99! Joe Blade was one of those games and took up a lot of my time. Unfortunately, I never managed to complete it and 20 odd years later I had to recode the game to see the ending :-)

    Looking at the ending today... I wondered why I ever bothered! 0.5/10.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Was pretty good cheapo title this back in the day - remember buying it myself. Good times. The ending? Bad times.
  • Gaz Spence: A typical cheapo game - disengage brain and put on the auto-fire switch. I'm not a fan of the game personally, and the ending is completely hopeless.
  • Andy Vaisey: A cracking game for the cash! Terrible ending though, made worse by the 'I can't even be bothered to spell it right' attitude. Shame.

FINAL SAY: A terrible ending. Low budget and low quality.

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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