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The Ooze
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,800 G-4134
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.99[1] 1512
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£24.99[2] 1572-50
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1572-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1572-50
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1572-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MDJSE0142
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? FTHE18SMC
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?




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The Ooze (ジ・ウーズ) is a Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game created by STI in 1995.

Gameplay

The game takes place from an overhead view. The main character is a puddle of ooze with a head. He can move around and has two attacks. One is stretching out a steerable pseudopod of ooze whose length is only limited by how much ooze he currently has to attack (A), and it can also be guided around with the control pad. He can also spit gobs of ooze (B), although this takes off a bit of his puddle. Enemy attacks can cut off a bit of the ooze, and the player will die either if his puddle of ooze is reduced to a very small amount or if his head is attacked directly.

History

Development

The Ooze is based on an algorithmically-generated cellular automaton. As such, the main character can be split apart and reformed like a viscous liquid. The gameplay is reminiscent of The Bitmap Brothers' game The Chaos Engine (called Soldiers of Fortune in the US). The art style evokes a cartoony (necessitated by the constraints of the medium) H.R. Giger. The story recalls The Toxic Avenger. The development team included people who later worked for Blizzard North on Diablo and Diablo II, including designer Stieg Hedlund. Some of the programming was fairly advanced for a 16-bit system; for example, the speed powerup effect was actually created by decreasing the viscosity of the character.

Legacy

The game's status as a cult classic is confirmed by its inclusion in the Japanese version of Sonic Mega Collection and in all versions of Sonic Mega Collection Plus. It is unlockable in two ways: In the Xbox and PlayStation 2 version, it can be unlocked if you have a Sonic Heroes save. In all versions, it can be unlocked by playing any game on the disk for 30 hours.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: The Ooze/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
39
64
70
79 №39, p66-68[2]
82 №62, p100
81 №53, p37
70 №78, p17
Sega Mega Drive
69
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
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Inner Cover
Mega Drive, AU
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Cover
Mega Drive, BR
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