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Cool Spot (Genesis)

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Title Screen

Cool Spot

Developers: Virgin Games, The Global Team
Publishers: Virgin Games (EU/US/JP/AU), Samsung (KR), Tec Toy (BR)
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: February 18, 1994
Released in US: July 10, 1993
Released in EU: June 15, 1993
Released in AU: March 23, 1994
Released in KR: March 23, 1994
Released in BR: April 3, 1994


SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Cool Spot is a charming little mascot platformer starring 7-Up's wayward punctuation.

Cheat Mode

AAAAAH!!! SCARY PROGRAMMER MAN!!!
David Perry sure liked reusing his debugger code.

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 Earthworm Jim and Earthworm Jim 2, which David Perry also worked on.

Regional Differences

Since Spot wasn't the official 7-Up mascot in Europe, 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".

Hmmm...
To do:
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.

Codename

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/Megadrive difference.

US Europe
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.

Title Screen

US Europe
Cool Spot (Genesis)-title.png Cool Spot (Genesis)-PAL title.png

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.

Pickups

US Europe
Cool Spot (Genesis) 7 US.png

Cool Spot (Genesis) health US.png
Cool Spot (Genesis) 7 EU.png

Cool Spot (Genesis) health EU.png

The 7-point and health pickups had their 7-Up logo removed for the European version, being replaced by the Virgin logo.

Other Stuff

  • 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.

Twinklies

"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.