Cool Spot

From Sega Retro

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  • Sega Mega Drive
    NTSC-U
  • Sega Mega Drive
    PAL/NTSC-J
  • Master System
  • Game Gear

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

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,000 (8,240)8,000e[4] T-70013
Sega Mega Drive
US
$54.9954.99[5] T-70196
Sega Mega Drive
EU
T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
EU
(Classic)
70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119.95119.95[9] T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
PT
14.700$14.700[10] MD70196
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[8][6] T-70196-50
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
AU
Sega Mega Drive
KR
GM93031JT
Sega Master System
EU
MK-27068-50
Sega Master System
PT
MS27078
Sega Master System
UK
£32.9932.99[12] MK-27068-50
Sega Master System
AU
Sega Game Gear
US
T-70108
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Game Gear
EU
T-70108-50
Sega Game Gear
PT
Sega Game Gear
UK
£24.9924.99[14] T-70108-50
Non-Sega versions

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.

Gameplay

The game is a platformer played as 7 Up mascot Spot. The goal is to collect "cool points," red spots scattered throughout each level. Once enough have been found, the player must find the fellow Spot, who is captured in a cage, and release him by shooting the lock. The levels are filled with enemies and contain platforming elements such as balloons that Spot can hang from and hazards such as spikes or water traps that Spot must avoid. Spot is moved with Left and Right. He jumps with C and jumps higher with Up+C. Enemies can be defeated by firing Spot's fizz-like projectile with A. The projectile can be directed with the D-pad (including diagonals) and is also used to open the cages.

Spot's health is indicated by a picture of himself in the status bar, which starts to peel off as he takes damage from enemies or hazards. Additionally, each level is timed. Spot loses a life if he runs out of health or runs out of time. There are items throughout the levels that replenish health and time. If Spot runs out of lives, the game ends, but the player can earn continues in the bonus levels. The player has an opportunity to earn an extra life at the end of each level based on the amount of time left.

There are three difficulty levels (Easy, Normal, and Hard), which are selectable in the options before starting the game. The difficulty level affects the number of enemies, the placement of the cage, and the number of cool points that must be collected to complete the level or access the bonus level. There are 100 total cool points in each level.

Attribute Easy Normal Hard
Starting lives 4 3 2
Cool points to complete level 30 60 90
Cool points for bonus level 75 85 95

The 8-bit versions play identically. In the Master System version, 1 jumps and 2 shoots. In the Game Gear version, 2 jumps and 1 shoots.

Items

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Cool Point
Collect to complete the stage. Adds 1 to the cool percentage.
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7 Up
Collect to complete the stage. Adds 7 to the cool percentage.
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Glass
Replenishes part of Spot's life.
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Timer
Adds 30 seconds to the timer.
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1 Up
Gives the player an extra life.
Cool Spot, Items.png
Checkpoint
Checkpoint where Spot is revived after losing a life.

Levels

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Shell Shock

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Pier Pressure

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Off the Wall

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Wading Around

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Toying Around
Not present in the 8-bit versions.

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Radical Rails

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Wound Up
Not present in the 8-bit versions.

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Loco Motive
Not present in the 8-bit versions.

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Back to the Wall

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Dock and Roll

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Surf Patrol

Bonus Level

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Bonus level

Bonus levels are unlocked by collecting a certain number of cool points, which varies depending on the difficulty level, on top of the number needed for level completion. The level takes place inside a 7 Up bottle. Spot can use bubbles to explore the bottle and find one of the letters in "UNCOLA," which gives the player a continue. Bonus levels, like regular levels, also contain 100 cool points, and the player earns an extra life by collecting all of them.

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 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[15]

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)[16]


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)[17]


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
Sega Mega Drive
Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
80
[18]
Æskan (IS)
97
[19]
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
63
[20]
Consoles + (FR)
92
[21]
Cool Gamer (RU)
80
[22]
Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
92
[23]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
85
[24]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
70
[25]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 4 (RU)
80
[26]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
90
[27]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
53
[28]
Game Power (IT)
91
[29]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
85
[30]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
85
[31]
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
50
[32]
Joypad (FR) PAL
94
[33]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
89
[34]
Mega (UK) PAL
93
[35]
Mega Action (UK)
86
[36]
Mega Force (FR)
95
[37]
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
85
[38]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
89
[39]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
90
[40]
Player One (FR)
85
[41]
Power Play (DE)
79
[42]
Score (CZ)
82
[43]
Sega Magazin (DE)
88
[9]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
80
[44]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
93
[45]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
90
[46]
Sega Force (SE)
90
[47]
Sega Force (UK) PAL
86
[48]
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
90
[49]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
66
[50]
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
87
[51]
Supersonic (FR)
90
[52]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
83
[53]
Video Games (DE)
79
[54]
Sega Mega Drive
84
Based on
38 reviews

Cool Spot

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

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

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Mega Force (FR)
88
[55]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
74
[56]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
82
[11]
Player One (FR)
86
[57]
Sega Magazin (DE)
88
[58]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[59]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[60]
Sega Force (SE)
83
[61]
Sega Master Force (UK) PAL
91
[62]
Todo Sega (ES) PAL
87
[63]
Sega Master System
84
Based on
10 reviews

Cool Spot

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

CoolSpot SMS AU cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
71 №26
Sega Game Gear
71
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Digitiser (UK)
90
[64]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
78
[65]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
90
[66]
Joypad (HU)
90
[67]
Megablast (DE) PAL
78
[68]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
74
[56]
Megazone (AU)
88
[69]
Sega Magazin (DE)
88
[58]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[59]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
95
[70]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
86
[71]
Sega Force (SE)
95
[72]
Sega Master Force (UK) PAL
90
[73]
Todo Sega (ES)
87
[74]
Sega Game Gear
86
Based on
14 reviews

Cool Spot

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.jpgCool Spot GG EU BoxSpine.jpgCool Spot GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Cool Spot GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Cool Spot GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, PT

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f024c1a1
MD5 74aeac0e83d75842ebee4cb86a89acd1
SHA-1 9a214e0eab58ddb8e9d752e41fce2ce08e6c39a7
1MB 1993-01-25[75] Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 5f09fa41
MD5 fe5d4230dde728a3f7e0da5cb6c17bc3
SHA-1 b6dc5d4c29b2161f7252828cf267117e726d8e82
1MB 1993-01-25[76] Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 e869efb1
MD5 202349abae72c5328b46f75ab0e65d0a
SHA-1 e32826ca9ae5173d5ef9722b52bfcb4ad390a7bb
1MB 1993-11-16[77] Cartridge (JP/KR)
Sega Mega Drive
 ?
CRC32 0ebaa4a8
MD5 6b78857672b5cb69e04448adf2569e41
SHA-1 9b42bb33186ddc759a469ed3e0ee12e5dee0b809
1MB 1992-12-22[78] 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)

References

  1. File:CoolSpot GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (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. 9.0 9.1 Sega Magazin, "September/Oktober 1993" (DE; 1993-09-01), page 56
  10. Jogos Vídeo, "Dezembro de 1993; Ano 1, Nº 2" (PT; 1993-12), page 43
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Mean Machines Sega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-xx), page 100
  12. Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 65
  13. GamePro, "October 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 158
  14. Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 73
  15. File:CoolSpot MD US credits.pdf
  16. File:CoolSpot SMS credits.png
  17. File:CoolSpot GG credits.png
  18. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 51
  19. Æskan, "" (IS; 1993-06-01), page 1
  20. Beep! MegaDrive, "March 1994" (JP; 1994-02-08), page 19
  21. Consoles +, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 106
  22. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 55
  23. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "June 1993" (US; 1993-05-11), page 52
  24. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "May 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
  25. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 302
  26. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 4, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 92
  27. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 33
  28. Famitsu, "1994-02-25" (JP; 1994-02-10), page 1
  29. Game Power, "Maggio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 35
  30. GamePro, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 46
  31. GamesMaster, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-19), page 60
  32. Hippon Super, "February 1994" (JP; 1994-01-06), page 43
  33. Joypad, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 72
  34. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-04-29), page 18
  35. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 42
  36. Mega Action, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-04), page 80
  37. Mega Force, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 84
  38. Mega Fun, "07/93" (DE; 1993-06-23), page 82
  39. MegaTech, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-23), page 68
  40. Mean Machines Sega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-24), page 52
  41. Player One, "Juin/Juillet 1993" (FR; 1993-06-10), page 62
  42. Power Play, "8/93" (DE; 1993-07-14), page 106
  43. Score, "Únor 1994" (CZ; 1994-02-01), page 44
  44. Sega Power, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 60
  45. Sega Pro, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 24
  46. Sega Zone, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-xx), page 32
  47. Sega Force, "5/93" (SE; 1993-08-26), page 6
  48. Sega Force, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 58
  49. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 35
  50. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  51. Supergame, "Junho 1993" (BR; 1993-06-xx), page 16
  52. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 34
  53. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 46
  54. Video Games, "7/93" (DE; 1993-06-30), page 94
  55. Mega Force, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-12-10), page 134
  56. 56.0 56.1 Mega Fun, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-24), page 112
  57. Player One, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 154
  58. 58.0 58.1 Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 20
  59. 59.0 59.1 Sega Power, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-xx), page 52
  60. Sega Pro, "Xmas Special 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 55
  61. Sega Force, "8/93" (SE; 1993-12-09), page 24
  62. Sega Master Force, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 64
  63. Todo Sega, "Octubre 1993" (ES; 1993-xx-xx), page 44
  64. Digitiser (UK) (1994-01-04)
  65. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 55
  66. GamePro, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 192
  67. Joypad, "3/1994" (HU; 1994-xx-xx), page 23
  68. Megablast, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-29), page 83
  69. Megazone, "October 1993" (AU; 1993-xx-xx), page 28
  70. Sega Pro, "Xmas Special 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 60
  71. Sega Zone, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-25), page 35
  72. Sega Force, "8/93" (SE; 1993-12-09), page 27
  73. Sega Master Force, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-11), page 73
  74. Todo Sega, "Noviembre 1993" (ES; 1993-1x-xx), page 64
  75. File:CoolSpot MD DebugMenu 2.png
  76. File:CoolSpot MD EU DebugMenu.png
  77. File:CoolSpot MD JP DebugMenu.png
  78. File:CoolSpot1992-12-22 MD DebugMenu.png


Cool Spot

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Prereleases:
Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1992-12-22
Cool Spot, Items.png
7 Up games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Cool Spot (1993) | Fido Dido (unreleased) | Spot Goes to Hollywood (1995)
Sega Master System
Cool Spot (1993)
Sega Game Gear
Cool Spot (1993)
Sega 32X
Spot Goes to Hollywood (unreleased)
Sega Saturn
Spot Goes to Hollywood (1997)