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Cool Spot
Publisher: Virgin Games
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,000 T-70013
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.99[1] T-70196
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[2] T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119,95[3] T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM93031JT



Sega Master System
UK
£32.99[4] MK-27068-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F MK-27068-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? MK-27068-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas MK-27068-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? ?



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-70108
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.99[7] T-70108-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-70108-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-70108-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-70108-50



Cool Spot (クールスポット) is a 1993 platform video game developed and published by Virgin Interactive staring 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 SNES. 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.

Gameplay

The gameplay, summarized in the introductory picture before you go to the first level, is very simple - the player character's goal is to explore each level collection the red dots scattered throughout. Once the player has collected enough, he'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 at them until they burst. Said projectile is also used to open the cages.

Bonus levels can be unlocked by collecting an even greater amount of red dots than is 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.

Versions

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 Seven-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 were partially optimised to have correct music speed, put 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 not achievable on standard Mega Drive hardware.

Production credits

Mega Drive 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


Magazine articles

Main article: Cool Spot/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro (US) #48: "July 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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Sega Visions (US) #16: "December/January 1993/1994" (1993-xx-xx)
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CVG UK 140.pdfCVG UK 140.pdf

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Computer & Video Games (UK) #140: "July 1993" (1993-06-15)
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PDF
Print advert in
Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #142: "September 1993" (1993-08-15)[9]
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CVG UK 147.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Computer & Video Games (UK) #147: "February 1994" (1994-01-15)
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MegaForce FR 19.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega Force (FR) #19: "Ete 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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VideoGames DE 1993-12.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Video Games (DE) #12/93 (1993-11-22)
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PDF
Print advert in
Todo Sega (ES) #5: "Agosto 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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SegaForce SE 1993 04.pdf

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Sega Force (SE) #4/93 (1993-07-08)
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SegaForce SE 1993 05.pdf

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Print advert in
Sega Force (SE) #5/93 (1993-08-26)
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Television advertisements

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №21, p106/107/108/109
85 №45, p42/43[16]
85 №5, p60/61/62
91
92
89 №10, p18/19/20/21
93 №9, p42/43
86 №7, p80
95
85
89 №17, p68/69/70
90 №8, p52-54[17]
85 №32, p62/63/64/65
85
90
80 №43, p60/61/62
93 №19, p24/25/26
90 №8, p32/33/34
86 №18, p58-61[18]
90 №12, p34/35
Sega Mega Drive
89
Based on
20 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Coolspot md us cover.jpg
Cover
Cool Spot MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Cool Spot MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Cool Spot MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
COOLSPOTCARTEUR.JPG
Cart
Cool Spot MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
(Classic Mega Drive)
CoolSpot MD EU Box Classic.jpg
Cover
COOLSPOTCARTEUR.JPG
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
Cool Spot MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
CoolSpot MD JP CartTop.jpg
CoolSpot MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Cool Spot Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, KR
CoolSpot MD KR Box.jpg
Cover
CoolSpot MD KR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 №14, p100[5]
86 №37, p154
91 №6, p14-16[19]
75 №49, p52/53
90 №27, p55
91 №7, p64/65[20]
Sega Master System
86
Based on
6 reviews

Master System, EU
Cool Spot SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
CoolSpot SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
CoolSpotSMSEUManual7L.pdf
Manual
Master System, AU

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78
90 №52, p188[21]
71
90 №6, p37[22]
75 №49, p52/53
95 №27, p60
90 №7, p73[7]
Sega Game Gear
84
Based on
7 reviews

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

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

References