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The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast - 16 - Zool 2


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Download or listen to the Podcast Episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/16-zool-2

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 Notes

General Links
Podcast Episode Guide
Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines

The Retro League

Game Links
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)

Gameplay & Graphics Notes
Like biting into a York Peppermint Pattie
Phrenology busts
Hot Tamales cinnamon candy
Autodesk Animator
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

GamePro Review

Jeff's Jaguar Jungle
Atari Explorer Online, 16 January 1995 (.zip file)
No-Swear Gamer's review
Doctor Clu's post on AtariAge

High Scores
Austin: 279,385 (Normal difficulty)
JeremiahJT: 257,250 (Easy difficulty)

CD32 Longplay
Amiga AGA Longplay
Amiga A500/600 version
Zool 2 Amiga reviews



Babbage's Sales Chart

TV/Movie/Game/Music/Book References
"...Zuul was the minion of Gozer..."
Ferengi laser whip
Catching bombs in three buckets of water
"Twice the pet, none of the mess!"
"Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start."
Angry Birds
Snakes & Ladders
"The high ground"

Podcast references
Wade's 1632 PodcaST
Wade's Inverse(ding!)ATASCII Podcast
The Retro Hour interviews Stewart Cheifet

Personal Stories
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
5-foot 10-pack

Next up: Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding!
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