Blue Max (video game)

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Blue Max
The C64 version (running under VICE). Player is about to take off.
Developer(s) Synapse Software
Publisher(s) Synapse Software
U.S. Gold
Designer(s) Bob Polin
Platform(s) Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Release date(s) 1983
Genre(s) action
Mode(s) Single player

Blue Max is a video game developed and published by Synapse Software, originally released for the Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit computers in 1983. In 1984 it was also ported to the ZX Spectrum by U.S. Gold.

In this diagonally-scrolling game, the player controls a Sopwith Camel biplane during World War I, attempting to shoot down enemy planes and bomb targets on the ground. The game is named after the medal Pour le Mérite, informally known as Blue Max. Its theme song is "Rule, Britannia!". Synapse Software also released a sequel in 1984 called "Blue Max 2001". Although the sequel has a sci-fi setting, it is very similar to the original game.

In 1996, Computer Gaming World ranked the C64 version of this "fun shooter" as the 142nd best game of all time.[1]


Compute! wrote "along comes a game that may make standard two-dimensional eye/hand games obsolete ... Blue Max may well be the best action game there is". It stated that the game improved on Zaxxon, noting the functional instrument panel and need to land, refuel, and take off. The magazine concluded, "Blue Max is head and shoulders above other shooting games".[2]


  1. ^ CGW 148: 150 Best Games of All Time
  2. ^ Gutman, Dan (January 1984). "Blue Max For Atari And Commodore 64". Compute! (review). p. 148. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 

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