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  • Summary: Originally released by Gremlin Graphics in 1992 on the Amiga to critical acclaim, iconic gaming mascot Zool returns in Zool Redimensioned!

    This brand-new reimagining of the classic action platforming adventure has been rebuilt from the ground up for modern audiences. Help Zool jump, spin
    Originally released by Gremlin Graphics in 1992 on the Amiga to critical acclaim, iconic gaming mascot Zool returns in Zool Redimensioned!

    This brand-new reimagining of the classic action platforming adventure has been rebuilt from the ground up for modern audiences. Help Zool jump, spin and shoot his way across eight alien worlds, taking down menacing bosses and saving the universe from the nefarious influence of Krool.

    Zool's old school platforming action will challenge the most hardcore gamers, with modern enhancements that bring the game into the 21st century. Beat your speed run times, discover secrets hidden across every level, or go back in time and play the original classic game. Re-live the legend of the ninja that started it all!
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Sep 2, 2021
    80
    Zool Redimensioned is a great reinvention of a forgotten cult classic of the Amiga era. With fast paced gameplay and plenty of secrets to discover, it can give you a lot to do. However whilst the art style might be nostalgic, enemies and obstacles can be easily obscured and the levels can be hard to navigate at times.
  2. Aug 23, 2021
    70
    The port is also quite nice, but it’s going to be an affront to purists. The modern upgrades change the feel of the game immensely, and while I’d argue it’s for the best, it’s also at the expense of the challenge. It’s a short, breezy experience. A comfortable slice of ‘90s platforming. It’s up to you if that’s what you need right now, but I certainly enjoyed it.
  3. Sep 9, 2021
    70
    If there is any love for the original, pick this up immediately. A fine job has been done creating a really playable title for 2021, without losing any of the charm of the original. The camera change is a stroke of genius and makes life so much easier leading to a more enjoyable experience all round. The issue isn't with the remaster, but the source material. Zool Redimensioned is sadly a bit of a product of its time, and isn't going to draw any new fans with its difficulty and confusing design choices. Sadly, for most this Ninja isn't going to resonate with younger players looking for the next plumber killer. For the rest, though, you have a greater remaster than you could ever have hoped for, let alone what the star of the Amiga may deserve.
  4. Nov 12, 2021
    65
    Tweet Share Share By Damiano Gerli on November 11, 2021 in Reviews Bad News For Hedgehogs! HIGH It’s somewhat nice to see Zool back in his original form… LOW …which reminds me it wasn’t that great to start with. WTF The bleeding banana will haunt my dreams for years to come. Back in 1992, the release of the original Sonic The Hedegehog drastically changed the gaming landscape. Suddenly, every software house wanted to work on a fast-paced 2D platformer and create its own mascot — an issue that especially preoccupied developers for home computers like the Commodore Amiga. Following this trend, Gremlin Graphics released the original version of Zool in 1992. The titular ninja from the Nth Dimension crash-lands on an unfamiliar planet and will have to get through various obstacles to escape. While it may be a title that some gamers of a certain age may feel a bit of nostalgia for, the original Zool (along with a conversion for every console imaginable at the time) reveals just how important the level design was in making the Sonic games so memorable and appreciated. Unfortunately, Zool just doesn’t stack up. As it’s now 2021, Zool has received a facelift. This version is the original platformer with a difficulty rebalance, a CRT graphics filter for added fidelity to the original and a zoomed-out view to allow the player see more of the screen. Overall, these changes make Zool a more approachable experience than it used to be, but they do not improve it on a fundamental level. Each level in Zool lasts no more than a couple of minutes, and it’s time usually spent jumping from platform to platform or finding one’s way through the lower sections that require defeating enemies by shooting or jumping/gliding into them. This is a simple flavor of 2D platforming that feels inherently ’90s, and no filter can change that. Also, the end-of-stage bosses are pretty forgettable, some of which I defeated on my first try. Redimensioned comes in two flavors which mainly act as difficulty — the original experience and the Ultimate Ninja mode. I would recommend most ’90s players to try the latter, as I finished the original with 15 lives to spare and never had a problem in most levels. After completing seven stages and thirty-something levels, the Zool Redimensioned experience is basically over and done with. The changes made to ths version were well thought-out, but they do little to hide the fact that the original material was just an okay-at-best ’90s platformer and the intervening years haven’t done it any favors in terms of game design or graphics. Those who have nostalgia for it should check it out — all others should give it a pass.
  5. Aug 27, 2021
    60
    I’d still love to know what conversations took place that led to “hey, we should remaster Zool”, but Zool Redimensioned does a pretty decent job of applying a fresh coat of paint, but in a way that remains very reverent to the source material. An excellent achievement from a group that only started programming 12 months ago. Unfortunately, the source material itself is the ultimate problem here – Zool was an average game back in 1992 and it’s little more than average here in 2021. A pleasant nostalgia trip, yes, but sadly it’s offers nothing to compete with the best modern platformers.
  6. Aug 19, 2021
    60
    Though a noble effort, the transition to HD has probably done more harm than good. Challenging gameplay has been replaced with a virtual walk in the park, devoid of damn near any difficulty. If you're looking to relive gaming's past, this one may be better found in the original.
  7. Aug 18, 2021
    40
    Zool Redimensioned is a valiant attempt to remaster a cult, old-school platformer in the 21st century, but the source material left the devs at Sumo Digital Academy very little to work with. Baffling design choices, a lack of any hook to keep you interested, and controls that never feel quite as satisfying as other platformers I’ve played mean I can’t see this version of the game gaining a cult following like it did in the ’90s.

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  1. Nov 25, 2021
    10
    Yet again, another case of "ignore the critics". Zool Redimensioned is a remaster of an already solid game to begin with, but it improves onYet again, another case of "ignore the critics". Zool Redimensioned is a remaster of an already solid game to begin with, but it improves on many limitations of the original and brings about many quality of life improvements that would be needed to keep one's attention.

    The Redimensioned mode of this remaster provides an easier experience than the original and makes it all much more smooth sailing, and the remaster as a whole brings about a fix to my biggest issue with the original: the screencrunch, In a game so focused on speed, the screencrunch of the original could make it feel unfair or cheap at times, but with the wider view area now, it's all far more skill-based than it ever was.

    If you have any interest in Zool or simply like solid, tightly-controlling, and/or fast-paced 2D platformers, this is worth your time.
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  2. Nov 13, 2021
    0
    The cult platformer Zool, released in 1992 by Gremlin Graphics for Amiga computers, is back as Zool Redimensioned! The formula of this classicThe cult platformer Zool, released in 1992 by Gremlin Graphics for Amiga computers, is back as Zool Redimensioned! The formula of this classic game has been reimagined so that not only veterans but also new players can enjoy it. Guide the protagonist Zul through eight different worlds, defeat formidable bosses and save the universe from the insidious villain Krul. The updated version of Zool will make even the most seasoned platform gamers sweat. Set new speed records, discover the secrets that can be found at each level, or go back in time and play the classic version of the game. Remember how it all began! But if you start from the original, then the game is already 30 years serious !? Expand