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Amiga

Zool

Zool
GenreArcade Platform
Developer / PublisherGremlin Graphics
Released1992
Media1 x disk
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Zool is a great arcade platform initially released on the Amiga as a rival to Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog and being Amiga's 1992 best-selling game! Release also on ST, PC, Archimedes and major 8/16bit video-game consoles (Megadrive, SNES etc).
 
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ZoolSTORY / GAMEPLAY
Zool is a "Ninja Of The 9th Dimension", forced to land on Earth. To gain ninja rankings he has to pass through six hostile lands. The game is an original arcade platform game, relying on smooth, fast moving action, colorful graphics and a wonderful intro soundtrack by Patrick Phelan that has inspired several modern electro/techno remixes. You control a "weird" ninja by running and jumping onto a variety of platforms, traps and...candies! Oh yes! You collect lollipops, Smarties and you fight with jelly pops and other candy-style creatures! You have to trigger the scattered check-points of each level in order to be able to progress to the next one and also to have a progressive start point every time you get killed by a moving chocolate (!) Zool is a classic (and...tasty!) arcade platform game that can offer much fun. Note that the game was bundled with the Amiga 1200 upon its first release on the computer market, but not with the AGA version of the game since it followed later. Generally the original Amiga OCS edition (and later, the AGA) is still widely considered to be among the finest platform games for these computers.

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The Amiga (OCS) version has nice detailed graphics and huge sprites, with more colors than the ST/STE and PC versions. The OCS version has fewer objects on the backgrounds compared to the superior Amiga AGA version (like clouds, more sweets and candies etc) and there are fewer colors on screen (around 40). The animation is pretty smooth, much like the AGA (the ST and STE versions have a few frame-rate problems, although the latter is using the Blitter chip for smoother scrolling). As far as the sound goes, there is a wonderful intro music, while the in-game sound is average, featuring only a few (nice to listen to) sound effects and strangely only the heart beating of your energy as a background sound!
 
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Sounds
Intro/Menu music:  In-game music sample:
 
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Comparable platforms



24 colors
Atari ST



41 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS



54 colors
Commodore Amiga AGA



16 colors
PC MS-DOS



28 colors
Atari STE
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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