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His 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, a 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).


Zool DOS Mommy, it's a bouncy castle!
Zool Genesis Zool standing on what? Lolly-Rollers?
Zool Game Gear Title screen
Zool Amiga CD32 Area 1.1

Promo Images

Zool Magazine Advertisement
Zool Magazine Advertisement
Zool Magazine Advertisement
Zool Magazine Advertisement Part 2

Alternate Titles

  • "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
  • "ズールのゆめぼうけん" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

It Zucks DOS Zovni (10627)
So-so platformer with nothing to distinguish it from a thousand others. Amiga Gary Smith (65)
Perhaps the most over-hyped Amiga game ever; mediocre at best Amiga Martin Smith (79147)

Critic Reviews

Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga CD32 Mar, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Datormagazin Amiga Oct, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Score DOS Oct, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Mega Fun Genesis Dec, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Retro Archives SEGA Master System Oct 11, 2021 13.5 out of 20 68
Retro Archives DOS Oct 11, 2021 13 out of 20 65
Retro Archives Atari ST Oct 11, 2021 12 out of 20 60
Power Unlimited Amiga CD32 Sep, 1994 5.3 out of 10 53
Defunct Games Genesis Jun 26, 2012 C- 42


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Zool 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)...

Commodore 64 version

A C64 conversion was planned with Gremlin Graphics showing initial interest, but they decided against it as they were moving away from the C64 scene at that time.


On 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)
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