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Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings is the official game of the mascot of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. As the name suggests, Izzy must find the five Olympic rings, hidden by the guardians so that Izzy does not take them to his world.

The game plays a lot like Mario games; to eliminate an opponent Izzy must jump over his head. There are two jumps available, the ball jump suitable for height and the hurdle jump, suitable for distance. Both allow Izzy to clear an enemy, but the second harms him.If Izzy is hit, then he must find three medals, or at the next hit he loses a life. There are some extra objects, like Olympic torches, and eggs that hatch either objects for bonus points, trampolines or morph points to reach otherwise inaccessible areas or traps. Izzy can also morph into a glider, a baseball player, an archer or a rocket, among others, to overcome some sections of the levels.

Graphics and sound remain faithful to the cartoony origins of the mascot.


Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings Genesis Izzy can morph into different sportsmen; in here, a glider
Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings SNES There's Izzy
Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings Genesis Losing a life
Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings SNES Title screen / Main menu.

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Joypad SNES Oct, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Aug, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Aug, 1995 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) SNES May, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
GamePro (US) Genesis Apr, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
Total! (Germany) SNES Feb, 1996 2.75 out of 6 65 Genesis Jul 18, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Mega Fun SNES Feb, 1996 58 out of 100 58
Video Games SNES Jan, 1996 56 out of 100 56
Game Players Genesis May, 1995 34 out of 100 34


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As of 2006, Izzy (abbreviation of Whatizit) is the only Olympic mascot to be featured on a game of his own. However, the abstract character ranks as one of the least liked of mascots.

Related Web Sites

  • Let's Play Advergames (judge reinhold's playthrough of several advergames, including this one, on the Let's Play Archive)
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