16 - Zool 2
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Serious ninjas in a cruel Krool world: play as Zool or Zooz to banish Krool's shape-shifting henchman Mental Block from six crazy worlds in this challenging and cartoony platform game on the Jaguar. In this episode, I cover a little history of Gremlin Interactive, describe the colorful levels and inventive enemies, list some amusing instrument names from the .mod file metadata, and gush about cheat codes.
Also included in this episode is some excellent feedback from Lost Dragon, Wade, Jon, and Doctor Clu!
Stick around after the Zool 2 coverage for an announcement, a couple barely-related stories, and a surprise mash-up, which is made slightly less surprising by being mentioned here.
Show NotesGeneral Links
Podcast Episode Guide
Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines
The Retro League
Game on AtariAge
Game on MobyGames
Developer, Distributor, and Development
Ian Stewart interview from Retro GamesMaster
Ian Stewart interview from Metro
Gremlin Graphics profile in Retro Gamer Magazine
Wanted: Monty Mole
UK Miners' Strike of 1984
Amiga porting games to the Blackberry
Urbanscan. Ltd. (current owner of Gremlin IP)
Zool: Escape from the Perilous Prision (Android)
Trevor Raynsford interview (porting Zool 2 from the Amiga)
1994 Summer CES footage (Biff's Gaming Videos, Zool 2 can be found starting around 58:12)
For the Record
The company behind world's best-selling lollipops is supposed to be pronounced "Choopa Choops", not "Choopa Chupps" as I did throughout the show.
Gameplay & Graphics Notes
Like biting into a York Peppermint Pattie
Hot Tamales cinnamon candy
Zool 2 on Fading Twilight
Austin's Zool 2 Longplay
Previews & Reviews
Amiga Format review (Amiga version, not Jaguar version)
Electronic Gaming Monthly Preview
Electronic Gaming Monthly Review
Jeff's Jaguar Jungle
Atari Explorer Online, 16 January 1995 (.zip file)
No-Swear Gamer's review
Doctor Clu's post on AtariAge
Austin: 279,385 (Normal difficulty)
JeremiahJT: 257,250 (Easy difficulty)
Amiga AGA Longplay
Amiga A500/600 version
Zool 2 Amiga reviews
Babbage's Sales Chart
"...Zuul was the minion of Gozer..."
Ferengi laser whip
Catching bombs in three buckets of water
Raiders of the Lost Ark
"Twice the pet, none of the mess!"
"Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start."
Snakes & Ladders
"The high ground"
Bravo Sierra Computers
The final Atari 7800 Game by Game Podcast
Wade's 1632 PodcaST
Wade's Inverse(ding!)ATASCII Podcast
The Retro Hour interviews Stewart Cheifet
My retro-gaming Jack-o-Lantern designs
Redbubble Store for the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast (just in time to be too late for Christmas)
Computer Chronicles episode including Turbo Duo
Next up: Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding!