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Zool is a video game originally produced for the Amiga by Gremlin Graphics and intended as a rival to Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog. It was heavily hyped upon its initial release in 1992, including being bundled with the newly launched Amiga 1200, although not the AGA version with enhanced graphics which followed later. In 2000 the game was re-released as part of The Best of Gremlin compilation.

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Zool

Zool is a gremlin "Ninja of the Nth Dimension" who is forced to land on Earth. In order to gain ninja ranking he has to pass six lands.

Producers have asserted that the name "Zool" did not refer to the supernatural entity Zuul from the film Ghostbusters. A lot of reviewers thought that Zool was an ant, which is incorrect and was refuted in a press release. In the PC game Jazz Jackrabbit, a character slightly resembling Zool (with purple spiky hair, green overalls, a purple body, and a fox tail) makes a cameo as a boss called Zoonik and uses a laser gun as a weapon.

Gameplay

The game is a pure platform game, relying on smooth, fast moving gameplay, colorful graphics and a popular soundtrack by Patrick Phelan which overlaps with the Lotus 3 soundtrack and has inspired several modern electro/techno remixes. The game also contains a number of embedded minigames, including several arcade games, a scrolling space shooter and a game accessible only by making Zool play a certain tune on an in-game piano.

Ports

Zool was also ported to the Atari ST, Game Boy, Sega Mega Drive, SNES, Master System, Sega Game Gear, Amiga CD32, PC, Acorn Archimedes, and RISC OS platform, as well as for the arcade machines.[1]

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