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Written by  :  Adzuken (854)
Written on  :  Apr 10, 2009
Platform  :  Genesis
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Summary

Probably the best game ever to be based off a beverage.

The Good

For those who can't tell by the numerous appearances of the product, Cool Spot is a game based off 7Up's early 90's mascot, Spot. The premise is simple; Spot must traverse various levels in quest to save his fellow Spots who, as the manual explains to me, have been captured by Wild Wicked Wily Will. If you don't have the manual, there's no way you could possibly know that. All you know is that you must collect “cool points” to free a Spot from a cage at the end of each level.

Let's be real here, the story doesn't matter. In fact, I'm impressed that someone even came up with a story based off of a beverage mascot. What does matter is that this game is a beautiful platformer with its share of flaws.

Cool Spot is a real treat to the senses. Wonderful animations compliment detailed sprites and stunning backgrounds. Spot is instantly charming. Everything, even down to his idle animations, drips personality. Sure, we've seen characters show off their 'tude before, but none are so adorable as Spot. The music is also amazing. Done by none other than Tommy Tallarico, the soundtrack does a lot to compliment the “cool” nature of the game.

The Bad

Although the strong graphics and music help Cool Spot stand out in the 16-bit platformer crowd, the gameplay isn't anything special. It's a standard platformer, that offers nothing new. You climb, you jump, and you dispatch enemies by shooting, uh, whatever Spot shoots. I don't know, maybe it’s the physical manifestation of all his “cool”.

What's worse is that the game doesn't include a single boss battle. Not one. Not anything approaching the definition. There isn't even a stronger variant of another enemy that stands in your way. Not even at the end. There aren't even any puzzles to solve. Other than a change in background, there isn't much difference in the levels.

Don't get me wrong, the game is fun. The level design is at least competent. There is nothing offensive about its gameplay. I was able to complete the game without it wearing too thin. The problem is; there is no reward for playing through the entire game. After a few levels in, they start reusing backgrounds, so there's nothing to look forward to. That means you could play to around level 5, shut the game off, and not miss a damned thing.

The Bottom Line

Despite stellar graphics and a wonderful soundtrack, Cool Spot is a difficult game to recommend. It makes inoffensive use of its license (which is more than can be said about games these days), but there's nothing to keep you playing. Luckily, it's an easy enough game to find cheaply, so it's not a bad choice to add to your collection. Just don't expect to be playing this over and over again. Cool Spot is an AVERAGE game.

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