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Spot Goes to Hollywood

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For the Sega Saturn game, see Spot Goes to Hollywood (Saturn).
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Spot Goes to Hollywood
Publisher: Virgin Interactive (EU), Acclaim Entertainment (NA)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$69.95[1] T-81616
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£49.99[2] T-70326-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70326-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? T-70326-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70326-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MDJ862X
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? FSPO01SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$59.99 048270



Spot Goes to Hollywood is an isometric sequel to Cool Spot. It was developed by Eurocom and published by Virgin Interactive in Europe and Acclaim Entertainment in North America in 1995 for the Sega Mega Drive. A Sega 32X game, again slightly different from the aforementioned versions was planned, though was cancelled mid-way through development.

Significantly enhanced versions with different levels appeared on the Sega Saturn and PlayStation in 1997. These versions were developed by Burst.

During development the game was known as Cool Spot 3[3].

Story

7-Up mascot, Spot has become trapped within a movie projector, and must now travel between different movie genres attempting to escape (and rescue other spots, similar to Cool Spot).

Unlike previous Spot games, the 7 Up beverage is not referenced at any point in Spot Goes to Hollywood (aside from in copyright details). This is in contrast to Cool Spot which had its bonus stages set within giant 7 Up bottles, and frequently made nods to the drink (though much of this was censored in the PAL version of the game).

Gameplay

Spot Goes to Hollywood plays much the same as Cool Spot, however presents its gameplay in an isometric perspective, allowing for pseudo-3D gameplay. Levels are still linear in design, although this change in style leads to gameplay being more about shooting than precise platforming.

As the game takes place in a fictional (from Spot's perspective) world, it is not designed with spot's small size in mind.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Developed by: Eurocom Entertainment Software
  • Lead Programmers: Ian Denny, Tim Swann
  • Additional Programming: Steve Bak, Ashley Finney, Kevin Grantham, Tim Rogers
  • Art and Animation: Andy Bee, Matt Dixon, Colin Garratt, Adrian Mannion, Clive Stevenson
  • Additional Art: Nigel Bentley, Pete Lyon
  • Project Management: Hugh Binns, Tim Rogers, Mat Sneap
  • Tools Programming: Nick Flemming, Tim Rogers
  • Maps and Level Design: Steve Bak, Hugh Bins, Ian Denny, Steve Duckworth, Colin Garratt, Kevin Grantham, Adrian Mannion, Mat Sneap
  • Music and Sound: Tommy Tallarico
  • Testing: Kevin Holt, Richard Moody, Libby Whitham
  • Special Thanks to: Martin Alper, Richard Alton, Neil Baldwin, Paul Bates, David Fries, Mark Hetherington, Stuart Johnson, Nick Jones, Dave Looker, Dave Perry, Dave Pridmore, Julian Rignall, Ren Rosman, Rob Watkins, John Williams, Neil Young
  • Published by: Virgin Interactive Entertainment
  • Producer: Robb Alvey
  • Associate Producer: Grady Hunt, Mike Merrin
  • Assistant Producer: Craig McCoy
  • Vice President Production: Erix Lux
  • Q.A. Manager: Dave Maxey
  • Group Head: Stacey Mendoza
  • Lead Analyst: Gordon Madison
  • Anaylsts: Jeff Rice, Mitch Feldman, Paul Shoener, David E. Johnson, Brian Wagner, Matt Muench, Victor Rodriguez, Robert Dearborn

Magazine articles

Main article: Spot Goes to Hollywood/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) #3: "January 1996" (1995-12-15)
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Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 №49, p108/109
79
71
63
83 №36, p50/51
78 №23, p50/51[4]
87 №48, p66/67
77
91 №37, p22-27[5]
82 №60, p98
74
88 №74, p50/51
85 №53, p40/41
90 №1, p86[2]
Sega Mega Drive
81
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, BR
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Mega Drive, AU
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Unreleased versions

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Spot Goes to Hollywood
System(s): Sega 32X

A version of the game for the Sega 32X was in development around the same time as the Mega Drive version. It would have featured more detailed prerendered graphics, as well as a 3D Space Harrier-style bonus stage. The bonus stage was not used in the later Saturn version.

References

  1. File:GamePro US 080.pdf, page 62
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 File:SSM UK 01.pdf, page 86
  3. File:Mega UK 22.pdf, page 7
  4. File:Hyper AU 023.pdf, page 50
  5. File:MeanMachinesSega37UK.pdf, page 22