Cool Spot (Genesis)
Developers: Virgin Games,
The Global Team
This game has unused sounds.
Cool Spot is a charming little mascot platformer starring 7-Up's wayward punctuation.
Press A, A, B, B, C, C, C, C, B, B, A, A, A, A, B, B, C, C on the Options screen. Programmer David Perry will pop up to greet you, and the debug screen will appear.
Disregarding the font, this screen is almost identical to the one seen in Aladdin, Earthworm Jim and Earthworm Jim 2, which David Perry also worked on.
Partially Unused Music
"Twinklies", as it's known in the sound test screen, is a small jingle that plays when a Spot is released, i.e. when the level's goal is reached. This theme only plays for a couple of frames, as the celebratory stage ending screen quickly shows up. If the player has Freezeability enabled and freezes the game right after Spot's shot hits the cage, though, this theme can be heard in full. It can also be heard in the sound test menu, where its official name is given.
Since Spot wasn't the official 7-Up mascot in Europe (that honor instead going to Fido Dido, who was interestingly enough also meant to have his own Genesis game), all mentions of them were removed for the European version, replaced with Virgin branding. However, the European credits screen still mentions that "All characters and related indicia are trademarks of 7-Up Corporation".
Confirm if it's really the credits screen that mentions the 7-Up trademark. I just found this text at 7ACC5 and assumed it shows up in the credits.
The game's name on the copyright screen and the internal name also vary. The game was released as Spot and the Quest for Cool in Europe, but the title screen still uses Cool Spot.
Interestingly, the first few bytes of the ROMs that store info on the game's codename contain BOTH names in all versions. They were swapped around for the European release, alongside the obvious Genesis/Mega Drive difference.
SEGA GENESIS (C)VRGN 1993.MAY COOL SPOT SPOT AND THE QUEST FOR COOL
SEGA MEGADRIVE (C)VRGN 1993.MAY SPOT AND THE QUEST FOR COOL COOL SPOT
As such, emulators like Gens call the American version Spot and the Quest for Cool, and the European version Cool Spot.
The American version has Spot surf on top of a 7-Up bottle. This was changed to a generic plastic bottle with an SOS message inside in the European version.
The 7-point and health pickups had their 7-Up logo removed for the European version, being replaced by the Virgin logo.
- In the special stages, the player has to collect one of 6 letters. These letters form the word UNCOLA (7-Up's catchphrase at the time) in the American version, but VIRGIN in the European version.
- In the cheat mode menu, the telephone number is (714) 833 8710 in the American version and 0101 714 833 8710 in the European version.
- Michael Merren was credited as a second producer in the European version.
The Spot series
|NES||Spot: The Video Game|
|SNES||Cool Spot • Spot Goes to Hollywood (Earlier Prototype)|
|Game Boy||Spot: The Video Game • Cool Spot • Spot: The Cool Adventure|
|Sega Master System||Cool Spot|
|Genesis||Cool Spot • Spot Goes to Hollywood|
|Game Gear||Cool Spot|
|32X||Spot Goes to Hollywood|
|PlayStation||Spot Goes to Hollywood|
|Sega Saturn||Spot Goes to Hollywood|
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