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Blood is a horror first-person shooter created by Monolith Productions and published by GT Interactive in 1997 for MS-DOS.


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PublisherGT Interactive
DeveloperMonolith Productions
OS supportedWin7 64 bit, Win8 64bit, Windows 10, MacOS 10.6+
Updated19 April 2024

Game Review

Blood is a horror first-person shooter created by Monolith Productions and published by GT Interactive in 1997 for MS-DOS. The game was designed by Nicholas Newhard, which was also the lead programmer.

“Let the blood bath begin...” may be the ultimate statement when you wake up in your own grave in the first game level called “Cradle to grave”. You – Caleb – are an old fashioned gunman from the early 20th century seeking revenge against your former master Tchernobog who betrayed you in your past life. And no: that name has nothing to do with the doomed Chernobyl. The name refers to a Slavic deity from the 12th century, which can be translated as “black god”. If you are interested in getting deeper into this topic you may study the Chronica Slavorum written by the German priest Helmold von Bosau in 1168-1169.

In the story of the game Tchernobog formed a cult called “The Cabal”. You were once a devoted member of that cult until you died, killed by the hand of your master. Now you get the chance to search and destroy that bad guy forever – and that is your objective.

The bizarreness of Blood catches you immediately as you approach your first enemy with nothing but a pitchfork. The spell of Blood begins. From the moment you start fighting with a Zombie nearby the graveyard there is no way back to daylight anymore. You can be dead sure: Blood is a dark, gory horror themed game.

The game is packed with lots of references to books and films. You’ll find mentions of films like Evil Dead, Return of the Living Dead, The Shining, The Wizard of Oz or even an analogy to the Necronomicon, the famous book written by H.P. Lovecraft. Some textures of the video game maps illustrate The Three Graces by Raffael and the cultists look very similar to the robed figures in the Spanish movie Tombs of the Blind Dead.

See Also: Blood Review by André Eymann

Review by: André Eymann
Published: 29 May 2015 8:32 pm

Users Reviews

Excellent game which early tech demo takes mit back to 1996.
For me the only game that can somewhat stand toe to toe with Doom as it is drastically different in so many venues but has an undeniable quality about it.

The level design is among the finest in the genre and makes clever use of the Build engine's features to create a really unique and enjoyable experience. While movement is really airy it nonetheless has its charme enabling the player to move around in quite "elastic" fashion. The enemy roster is for the most part well done and satisfying to slaughter. There's even civilians to butcher if you're into that kind of thing.

Mission packs are highly recommended - no matter if for new enemies or maps.
The standards are luckily very high.

Often overlooked and dismissed in favor of its, to me, inferior cousins it deservingly has gathered a hardcore crowd that cherishes what's been done right. Due to, ever improving, "source ports" it's finally playable on more modern Operating Systems.

Review by: Dean Hammond
Published: 20 March 2023 3:32 pm

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  • Warrior88 - 2018-10-21 - Reply

    Thanks you so much!
    This is the best version out there! I wanted this original version, not the bloated GOG version. Worked perfectly on both Windows and Linux via Steam Proton. The music and audio is perfect, but its missing the movies I believe or just not playing. Anyways thanks again!