Cool Spot
for PC (DOS)

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Company: Virgin Interactive
Year: 1994
Genre: Action
Theme: Promotional
Language: English
Licence: Commercial
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Review by Gesh (2001-04-15)

Cool Spot is a side-scrolling action game with a twist. What makes it different than the next game on the shelf? Not much, but for one in Cool Spot you will have a lot of fun.

You control a big red spot with arms, legs and sunglasses (a cool spot indeed) that he never takes off, except for when you die. The goal of every level is to collect at least 30 “cool points” and find a cage where another cool spot is held captive and free him. The cool points come in the form of small red disks scattered around the level. The levels themselves are different settings from around us - the beach, the pier, the bathtub, the toy store and so on. Everything is blown up because you are but a small (if cool) spot, so a crab is one of your serious enemies. Talking about enemies, they include crabs, frogs and fish that spit at you, flies, mice throwing pieces of cheese, spiders, robots, jumping balls and model cars. You defend your coolness by shooting small white disks. If you run out of coolness, you die (and you get to see what the spot looks without the sunglasses).

Besides the 11 levels, there are a number of bonus levels, and to get to these you have to simply collect 75 or more cool points. But this is no easy task, as on each level you have a time limit, usually barely enough time to collect the 30 required cool points and find the cage. The game has some flaws of course. The most annoying thing is that you cannot save your game - if you die (and have no more lives) you'll have to play again. It's all or nothing. Second, often when you are on something and you need to jump on something else, you can't see where you are supposed to jump until you've missed it. (A hint: if you need to make a big jump, walk back-and-forth on the platform you are standing, switching direction quickly, and in a few seconds the spot will start walking very fast and you can jump further.) Another thing is that the game is very difficult even on the easiest difficulty level. See the “Cheats” section for the game to find a solution. All in all, Cool Spot is a fun game to play, and it can be quite challenging but it can get boring after a while, particularly if you are stuck somewhere. But give it a try, that is, if you are cool enough.

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