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Description

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, 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).

Screenshots

Zool Amiga Toy World - Panda above Zool is actually 10000 points bonus (AGA version)
Zool Game Gear Watch out, Mr. Bassett's!
Zool Amiga CD32 Loading screen
Zool Genesis Title

Promo Images

Zool Magazine Advertisement

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
  • "ZOOLのゆめぼうけん" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

It Zucks DOS Zovni (10636)
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 (70390)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Format Amiga Oct, 1992 95 out of 100 95
Joypad SEGA Master System Nov, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Amiga Force Amiga CD32 Feb, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1992 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jun, 1993 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Mar, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Svenska Hemdatornytt Amiga Nov 12, 1992 82 out of 100 82
The One Amiga Amiga CD32 Dec, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Mega Fun Genesis Dec, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jan, 1994 29 out of 50 58

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Trivia

Advertising

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.

Zool

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.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – Best Dexterity Game of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
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