I have to tell you that I had never played Blood 3D before I decided to review it for Abandonia. Also, I have to admit that I am not a fan of "shoot-'em-ups", as I only find them challenging the first time I play them. After that I lose interest in them completely! (Played one, played them all…)
However, Blood is different! I completely love this game!
You play the role of Caleb, a vampire with an attitude problem who has just been resurrected. In order to stay alive you will have to battle diverse monsters, such as axe-wielding zombies and ghosts armed with machine guns, and eat their hearts in order to gain more life.
The graphics in the game are truly magnificent for the time (look at the details in the scenery), and the music enhances the feeling of the game: dark, ominous and freaky. Add to this extremely violent weaponry (like twin rocket launchers!), challenging maps and plenty of secrets to be discovered, and you have the ingredients for a great 3D shooter. However, a true legend needs something more to add flavour. Blood, like Duke Nukem 3D, uses cheesy catchphrases to achieve this. And believe me, it works!
If you like games whose only rule is to cause the most mayhem while you laugh out loud like a complete lunatic (both in the game and while playing it), then look no further! This is the game for you! Gore galore at its best!
The archive you downloaded contains the original Blood and the expansions that were subsequently released: Plasma Pak and Cryptic Passage. To play Cryptic Passage run CRYPTIC.EXE instead of BLOOD.exe.
Is the game too dark on your monitor? Increase gamma with F11.
As indicated to us by a visitor, you can play this game in a high resolution, with great performance results, if you use Ken Silverman's patch which can be found on this page (http://advsys.net/ken/build.htm).
This version of Blood requires 23 MB of free memory, which is more than DOSBox default. Therefore, you will need to edit dosbox configuration file and set parameter memsize=32 before running the dosbox, otherwise the game may crash randomly.