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DescriptionHis name is Zool, and he is a gremlin-like creature from another dimension. He is forced to land on the Earth, but his sole goal is to attain the prestigious ranking of a Ninja. To do that, Zool will have to travel through six worlds, each divided into three stages, defeat his enemies, and prove himself worthy of that title.
Zool is a fast-paced side-scrolling platformer. The protagonist can run, jump, climb walls, and shoot enemies. Power-ups for Zool are scattered across the levels. These include life-spending hearts, smart bombs, shields, more powerful jump-skill and a twin Zool. This "twin" makes imitates the original's motions a few seconds after he performs them.
In the options menu the player can change the difficulty and the game speed (two times), the number of continues, and the background music (rock or funk).
- "זול" -- Hebrew spelling
- "Zool no Yume Bōken" -- Japanese title
- "Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension" -- European title (Amiga/DOS)
- "Zool AGA" -- English Amiga A1200-specific release title
- "ZOOLのゆめぼうけん" -- Japanese spelling
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- Advertising / Product tie-ins / Advergames
- Games with code-wheel copy protection
- Theme: Ninjas
- Zool series
|Perhaps the most over-hyped Amiga game ever; mediocre at best||Amiga||Martin Smith (63216)|
|It Zucks||DOS||Zovni (9384)|
|So-so platformer with nothing to distinguish it from a thousand others.||Amiga||Gary Smith (65)|
The Press Says
|ST Action||Atari ST||Oct, 1993||91 out of 100||91|
|GamePro (US)||Genesis||Mar, 1994||4.5 out of 5||90|
|Amiga Joker||Amiga||Oct, 1992||83 out of 100||83|
|Amiga Dream||Amiga CD32||Dec, 1993||83 out of 100||83|
|PC Games (Germany)||DOS||May, 1993||76 out of 100||76|
|Power Play||Amiga||Nov, 1992||75 out of 100||75|
|Sega Force||Genesis||Feb 23, 1994||72 out of 100||72|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Genesis||Jan, 1994||5.8 out of 10||58|
|Power Play||DOS||May, 1993||55 out of 100||55|
|Power Unlimited||Amiga CD32||Sep, 1994||5.3 out of 10||53|
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AdvertisingZool was the very first Amiga game to feature heavy product placement. Liberally spread throughout the levels (and even more so in the AGA release) were Chupa Chups lollipops and logos (designed by Salvador Dali, no less)...
ZoolOn the game's release, many reviewers referred to Zool as an ant. Gremlin later issued a press release claiming to be from the leader of a body representing ants, complaining about the misrepresentation of their hard-working and gentle species.
- Amiga Joker
- Issue 02/1993 – Best Dexterity Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
Acorn 32-bit Credits
James Byrne (at Cygnus Software Engineering Ltd. for Gremlin Graphics)