Cool Spot

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Cool Spot
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System
Sega Mega Drive
Virgin Games
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Action[1][2], Arcade[3]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,000 (8,240)8,000e[4] T-70013
Sega Mega Drive
$54.9954.99[5] T-70196
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
DM 119.95119.95[9] T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£39.9939.99[8][6] T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
Sega Master System
Sega Master System
£32.9932.99[11] MK-27068-50
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
£24.9924.99[13] T-70108-50

Cool Spot (クールスポット) is a 1993 platform video game developed and published by Virgin Interactive starring the then-mascot of 7 Up, the 7 Up spot. It is a sequel to Spot: The Video Game, a puzzle game similar to Ataxx initially released on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST.

Cool Spot was developed with the Sega Mega Drive in mind, and due to its success was ported to other platforms, including the Amiga, DOS computers, Game Boy, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System and Super NES. During development, it was referred to as Spot: The Quest For Cool.

The game was followed by the isometric platformer Spot Goes to Hollywood in 1995.


The gameplay, summarized in the introductory picture before starting the first level, is very simple - the player character's goal is to explore each level collecting the red dots scattered throughout. Once the player has collected enough, they'll be able to clear the level by finding a cage with an ally character trapped inside, and breaking it.

Besides the spots, levels have typical platformer elements - Items, traps, and enemies. Enemies can usually be defeated by firing the player's fizz-like projectile (B/2) at them until they burst. Said projectile can be directed by the D-pad (including diagonals) and is also used to open the cages. C/1 jumps (holding Up jumps higher).

Bonus levels can be unlocked by collecting an even greater amount of red dots than the amount necessary for level completion; usually, the amount of dots for a bonus level are close to the amount of total dots on a stage. Bonus levels give the player even more Extra Life opportunities.


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Level 1 - Shell Shock
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Level 2 - Pier Pressure
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Level 3 - Off the Wall
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Level 4 - Wading Around
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Level 5 - Toying Around
Not present in the 8-bit versions.
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Level 6 - Radical Rails
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Level 7 - Wound Up
Not present in the 8-bit versions.
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Level 8 - Loco Motive
Not present in the 8-bit versions.
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Level 9 - Back to the Wall
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Level 10 - Dock and Roll
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Level 11 - Surf Patrol


Cool Spot was developed with the Sega Mega Drive in mind before being ported to other platforms.

As Spot stood as a mascot for 7 Up, Cool Spot was originally intended to help promote the 7 Up soft drink, however curiously most 7 Up branding was removed following its initial North American release. The PAL and subsequent Super NES versions still credit the 7 Up company for the license to use the Spot character, but all branded bottles are replaced with unlabeled alternatives (such as the bottle Spot rides in the introduction).

The PAL Mega Drive versions were partially optimised to have correct music speed, but the gameplay is slower than in the NTSC version. As a result, forcing the game to run at 60Hz causes the music to play too fast.

Most conversions of the game retain the same core gameplay as seen in the Mega Drive version, however in the case of weaker systems such as the Master System and Game Gear, graphics and audio are cut back.

The Super NES version, released several months after the Mega Drive original, offers more colourful (and in some cases, more "animated") graphics, but at the expense of screen resolution. In this case, the assets, designed for the Mega Drive's 320x224 display, were not re-worked for the 256x224 resolution of the Super NES, and subsequently appear wider than originally intended (alongside a reduced field of view). However, the Super NES version is able to make use of semi-transparent sprites which were not achievable on standard Mega Drive hardware.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Note: Michael Merren is only credited as producer in the PAL version.

  • Programmed by: David Perry
  • Animation by: Mike Dietz, Shawn McLean, Clark Sorensen
  • Background Art by: Christian Laursen
  • Music, Sound FX & Samples by: Tommy Tallarico
  • Executive Game Designer: David Bishop
  • Level Design: Bill 'Boy' Anderson
  • Game Design: The 'Global' Team
  • Additional Background Art by: Rene Boutin
  • Art Supervision: Stan Gorman, Mike Dietz
  • Artists: Roger Hardy, Willis Wong
  • Sprite Management Engineer: Tim Williams, Doug Cope
  • Samples by: Steven S. Henifin
  • Quality Assurance Manager: Michael D. Gater
  • Testing and Quality Assurance: Noah Tool, Justin Norr, Danny Lewis, Mike Glosecki, Bijan Shaheer, Adam Ryan, Scott Duckett
  • Producer: Cathie A. Bartz-Todd, Michael Merren
  • Executive Producers: Neil Young, Dr. Stephen H. Clarke-Willson
Source: In-game credits[14]

Master System version

Cool Spot
  • Origional Game Designed by: [sic] Virgin Games Inc
  • Programmed by: David Leitch
  • Graphics by: Doug Townsley
  • Music & SFX by: Krisalis
  • Produced by: John Roberts
  • Testing by: James Dillon, Graham Tizzard
Source: In-game credits (demo sequence)[15]

Game Gear version

  • Origional Game Designed by: [sic] Virgin Games Inc
  • Programmed by: David Leitch
  • Graphics by: Doug Townsley
  • Music & SFX by: Krisalis
  • Produced by: John Roberts
  • Testing by: J. Dillon, G. Tizzard
Source: In-game credits (demo sequence)[16]

Magazine articles

Main article: Cool Spot/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Cool Spot/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 [17]
66 [18]
92 [19]
85 [20]
90 [21]
53 №271, p38
91 №17, p33-35
85 [22]
85 [23]
50 №1994-02, p43
89 №10, p18-21
93 №9, p42-43
86 №7, p80
95 [24]
85 [25]
89 №17, p68-70
90 [26]
85 №32, p62-65
80 №43, p60-62
93 №19, p24-26
90 №8, p32-34
86 [27]
90 [28]
90 [29]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
26 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
Cool Spot MD JP Box.jpg
CoolSpot MD JP CartTop.jpg
CoolSpot MD JP Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, US
Coolspot md us cover.jpg
Cool Spot MD US Cart.jpg
Cool Spot MD US Manual.pdf
CoolSpot MD US pcb.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
Cool Spot MD EU Box.jpg
Cool Spot MD EU Manual.jpg
CoolSpot MD EU pcb.jpg
Mega Drive, EU (Classic Mega Drive)
CoolSpot MD EU Box Classic.jpg
Mega Drive, PT
CoolSpot MD PT cover.jpg
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Mega Drive, AU
CoolSpot MD AU cover.jpg
CoolSpot MD AU cartback.jpgCoolSpot MD AU cart.jpg
Cool Spot Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, KR
CoolSpot MD KR Box.jpg
CoolSpot MD KR Cart.jpg

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Player One (FR)
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Force (SE)
Sega Master Force (UK) PAL
Todo Sega (ES) PAL
Sega Master System
Based on
8 reviews
Master System, EU
Cool Spot SMS EU Box.jpg
CoolSpot SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, PT
CoolSpot SMS PT cover.jpg
Master System, AU

CoolSpot SMS AU cart.jpg

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 [37]
90 [38]
71 №26
78 [39]
74 [30]
90 [40]
75 №49, p52-53
95 №27, p60
90 [13]
95 [41]
Sega Game Gear
Based on
10 reviews

Game Gear, US
CoolSpot GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngCool Spot GG US front.jpg
Cool Spot GG US cart.jpg
Cool Spot GG US Manual.pdf
Game Gear, EU
CoolSpot GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngCool Spot GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cool Spot GG EU cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f024c1a1
MD5 74aeac0e83d75842ebee4cb86a89acd1
SHA-1 9a214e0eab58ddb8e9d752e41fce2ce08e6c39a7
1MB 1993-05 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5f09fa41
MD5 fe5d4230dde728a3f7e0da5cb6c17bc3
SHA-1 b6dc5d4c29b2161f7252828cf267117e726d8e82
1MB 1993-05 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e869efb1
MD5 202349abae72c5328b46f75ab0e65d0a
SHA-1 e32826ca9ae5173d5ef9722b52bfcb4ad390a7bb
1MB 1993-07 Cartridge (JP/KR)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0ebaa4a8
MD5 6b78857672b5cb69e04448adf2569e41
SHA-1 9b42bb33186ddc759a469ed3e0ee12e5dee0b809
1MB 1993-05 Page
Sega Master System
CRC32 13ac9023
MD5 b4c33bdba2472003f87ed193e51b2c9b
SHA-1 cf36c1900d1c658cbfd974464761d145af3467c8
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 ba0714db
MD5 1ee49b56f0c349cc63eb0a60602f160e
SHA-1 68c94b4ebd33016c3f0b4ee2b6f5524040e5503e
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
CRC32 2c758fc8
MD5 7f55c7e4696a9ad316e57c3f14a77f39
SHA-1 c5f39a81c33327dc86b41d6f416efe09b131e14d
256kB Cartridge (US)


  1. File:CoolSpot GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
  3. File:Cool Spot SMS EU Box.jpg
  4. Beep! MegaDrive, "June 1993" (JP; 1993-05-08), page 13
  5. 5.0 5.1 GamePro, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 47
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 43
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Zone, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 22
  8. Sega Force, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 61
  9. Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 56
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Mean Machines Sega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-xx), page 100
  11. Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 65
  12. GamePro, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 158
  13. 13.0 13.1 Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 73
  14. File:CoolSpot MD US credits.pdf
  15. File:CoolSpot SMS credits.png
  16. File:CoolSpot GG credits.png
  17. Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1994" (JP; 1994-02-08), page 17 (19)
  18. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  19. Consoles +, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 106-109 (97)
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
  21. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 33
  22. GamePro, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 42-43 (46)
  23. GamesMaster, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-19), page 60-62 (62)
  24. Mega Force, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 84-87 (87)
  25. Mega Fun, "07/93" (DE; 1993-06-23), page 90-91 (83)
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-24), page 52-54 (52)
  27. Sega Force, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 58-61 (58)
  28. Sega Force, "5/93" (SE; 1993-08-26), page 6-7 (6)
  29. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 34-35 (31)
  30. 30.0 30.1 Mega Fun, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-24), page 112
  31. Player One, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 154
  32. Sega Power, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-xx), page 52
  33. Sega Pro, "Xmas Special 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 55
  34. Sega Force, "8/93" (SE; 1993-12-09), page 24
  35. Sega Master Force, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 64
  36. Todo Sega, "Octubre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 44
  37. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 54 (55)
  38. GamePro, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 188 (192)
  39. Megablast, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-29), page 83
  40. Sega Master Force, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 37
  41. Sega Force, "8/93" (SE; 1993-12-09), page 27

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