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Written by  :  Steelysama (106)
Written on  :  Aug 06, 2009
Platform  :  SNES
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One of the most iconic characters of advertising gets a game. And it's actually good.

The Good

The Cool Spot is an anthropomorphic red dot which has apparently peeled himself off of his normal place on a can or bottle of 7-Up lemon-lime soda. He presents an image appropriate to his name, complete with sneakers and black sunglasses, and arrives to tout the virtues of the "un-cola", 7-Up, as an alternative to products like Coca-Cola and Pepsi. From the first, the Cool Spot was a big hit. So perhaps it is not surprising that a game was eventually made featuring the little guy. And, unusual for product tie-ins, the game was actually pretty good.

Cool Spot, the game, is a by-the-numbers platformer. Your character runs, jumps, and fights through a variety of environments filled with obstacles and enemies. Very little is much different from games like the Super Mario Bros. or the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Even so, it is a well-done example of the genre and therefore fun to play. The action is fast and involves a lot of high-flying jumps. It has everything you look for in a solid platformer.

The story, which is as brief as might be expected, is that all of the Spots except one (the player) have been captured. It is naturally up to the hero to go rescue his comrades.

Level design is the most creative part of Cool Spot. Since the main character is a tiny icon off the side of a soda, the environments are all seen from that perspective. The player gets to explore such places as the beach, the inside of a wall, a room full of toys, and the like. Everything is extra large to the diminutive Spot.

There is really only one attack in the game. Cool Spot can "shoot" soda bubbles at his enemies. It is works fine and enemies are never much trouble to dispatch. However, it does lack variety.

Music is pretty good in the game. The soundtrack is a fun and suitably cool set. It matches the subject matter. And the sound effects are decent. The Cool Spot's squeaks are generally amusing.

Graphics are at the high end for the Super Nintendo. The creative levels were all well drawn and animated.

The Bad

The gameplay suffers from a lack of variety by the end. And having only one weapon does not help.

Not being able to save also gets to be a pain.

The Bottom Line

Cool Spot is one of the best tie-in games ever made and an enjoyable game overall. It did not do anything genre breaking, but it is a solid platformer.

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