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Cool World Game Sample - SNES/SFC

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Uploaded on Aug 30, 2010

Ah, Cool World... I remember this one all too well as both the game and the movie are part of my childhood. If you know anything about Cool World, you'll know that it's one of the least likely games to have gotten a release on any Nintendo system and was both amazing and mediocre at the same time.

Based on the movie by Paramount Pictures, Cool World starred Brad Pitt as a World War II veteran gone detective Frank Harris, Gabriel Byrne as a middle-aged cartoonist who was recently released from prison named Jack Deebs, and a femme fatale from the world of Cartoons (Cool World) by the name of Holli Would (played by Kim Basinger). Jack Deebs creates a comic strip known as Cool World and thinks he created Holli Would and all the Doodles/CW inhabitants, but unbeknownst to Jack, it had actually already existed and served more as a ploy to get him to enter CW to meet Holli Would. Jack would later get transported to CW once he got out of prison.

The reason is because Holli always yearned to go to the "real world" and the only way to do so is to have sex with a "Noid" or human (yes, you read right), but none of the people currently in CW would work or commit themselves to such an act (Frank is also human). This would work well as Jack wanted to roam about the world he thought he created and scoring with a super attractive cartoon character would certainly be a bonus. This would eventually happen, but their relationship throws the real world and toon world out of balance. There's more to the story, but I'd rather not go into detail. It is however interesting to note that "Cool World" was originally meant to be something much different, but Ralph Bakshi's screenplay was significantly altered. Cool World had some rather serious or mature tones, so one should be surprised that this game was only released on Nintendo platforms.

The movie didn't make a whole lot of sense and of course this translates into the game, which feels much like the movie but does have its differences, most notably the "infamous" sex scene (which is missing some censorship if you pay close attention, but you can find "it" on YT). In a word, the game is terrible, but in another word, it's decent. Considering only FOUR people made this incredibly short game (I literally show about half of it here, and that's WITH my procrastination and showing various elements), the audio/video is actually quite good, especially given the time of release. However, there are a lot of truly useless items and features and the game just screams rush job.

Your mission as Jack is to find Holli and set off the main events from the movie such as meeting Holli, avoiding Frank, making Holli a real human, grabbing escaped doodles with a pen, and returning the "spike" to where it belongs. This is done in a minor search-and-explore fashion which mainly consists of going into buildings, finding items, and defeating enemies with a glove or with an ink pen. There are also short, relatively annoying driving segments. The game is cryptic and has some strange bugs considering you must give up items at different points in the game only to realize you still have them. You can also get stuck if you lose all the items you need as there is no way to replenish things like money and candy, causing you to start the game over.

This video shows about half the game and lets you see what is supposed to be Frank (Brad Pitt) by letting the police arrest me. Enjoy.

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