Blood Money is the official follow-up to 'Menace' (which was a poor arcade shooter for the 16bit home computers, but an awesome one for the 8bit Commodore). Fortunately, Blood Money beats its predecessor in every aspect. Blood Money's world is divided into 4 different sections and there are 4 different ways to fight. In the Commodore 64 version though, the levels have been shortened, so it's actually possible to beat them. Most unfair scenes have been removed, too. This especially applies to level four. The first world is a planet made of metal and you fly through it piloting a helicopter. The second one is a huge sea world where you sail through with your submarine. The third one is an icy world, where you pass through wearing a spacesuit and the last one is a volcanic world where you fly using a set of jetpacks. You can upgrade your ship and you weapons through various upgrade shops, found in many places. But first, you must collect coins after killing an enemy wave and spend the cash depending on your needs. Enemies vary in every world, from small insects to even giant dragons. Note that each level holds some deadly surprises, such a huge nasties waiting to break you in pieces. Also, you have to maneuvre very carefully through tight passages. You can play the game either alone or with a friend in a 2-player mode. As a whole, Blood Money was never able to be one of the best shooters of the home-computer era due to its high difficulty and lack of gameplay innovation.
The graphics are ported nicely. Only some of the bigger objects/nasties got a bit pixelated. This is probably due to memory limitations of the 8bit little fella. Sprite animation and background scrolling are both quite smooth (though the last being slow-paced). The game scrolls both horizontally and vertically, while being viewed from an R-Type style sideways perspective.
Sound is great offering either music or SFX during gameplay. Both intro and in-game tunes are awesome thanks to the great SID sound chip of the Commodore. Sound is a real showcase here!