Ocean consistelly makes challenging games and Cool World for the SNES is no exception. Surviving this adventure's five stages takes an affinity for scavenger hunts. Although the game's incredible graphics are a feast for the eyes, the unresponsive controls are totally uncool!
Cool World for the SNES roughly follows the movie's story line and the colorful graphics give it the same otherwordly feel. This game's high challenge level, though, may make some gamers feel decidedly uncool.
Holli Would if She Could
In this world, you're Jake, the cartoonist creator of Cool World. Holli is a Toon who's using her feminine wiles to get Jake to help her become human. To accomplish this, Jake must find her and bring her to the top of the Ocean Hotel.
To escape Cool World's five multi-scrolling stages, you have to battle cartoon bullies and pick up objects in a certain order. Your only weapon is a mean stretching arm that wears a boxing glove and it enables you to punch out even the meanest of Toons from a safe distance. The arm also enables you to climb to higher areas.
ProTip: Don't waste your time climbing to the top of the Ocean Hotel without Holli.
Escaping from this world of make believe is extremely tough. You can either knock the Toons out with your extendable boxing glove or charm 'em by giving them the right item, such as a coke, candy, or flowers. Since you can only carry one item at a time, the difficulty lies in knowing what to pick up when and who to give it to. You can push down Bomb Detonators to reveal hints, but some may blow up in your face. If you can't find the items you need, you can buy or trade in the Pawn Shop using the Nickels and Candy you've picked up along the way.
Follow the arrows in the side-scrolling car scenes.
Cool World's slow-to-respond controls and three meager continues make this adventure tough. In addition, the controls are also awkward. You press Y to jump and B to punch. They would work better the other way around.
In the Malt Shop, stand in front of the bar stools to get a Malt. To find the missing Malt, pull yourself up to the next level and stand in front of the Shake's face.
Cool World's colorful graphics and hip music are hot. The cartoon characters are good-looking replicas of the big screen's animations. The background and the foreground capture the nighttime mood of the movie, and feature the same weird-looking buildings. As for the music, it's soft and jazzy.
In the Slash Club, have at least five Nickels when you go in and pay close attention to the switches. Also, the bouncer likes flowers.
Cruel, but Cool
If you're an advanced gamer that likes to think, as well as shoot, you might want to "toon" in to Cool World.
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It's an imaginary world where cartoon characters called Doodles are alive. In this bizarre adventure, the Doodles are disturbing the balance between Cool World and Real World. If the balance isn't restored quickly, both worlds will be destroyed! Pit your wits against Doodles like Holli Would, Vegas Vinnie and Slash. They're out to get you - it's up to you to stop them and save the world!
If you like superhero cartoon I graphics and you've always wanted to "Slam!" "Baroooom!" and "Crash!" with the best of them, now's your chance. Sonic Blast Man from stages of beat-em-up action with a comic book flare.
**The graphics in this furturistic slug-it-out look Marvel-ous. If you're a professional Street Fighter, this one-player game may not blister your thumbs, but it will make them burn. **
Whether you're old enough to remember the arcade version of Sonic Blast Man, the SNES version's graphics alone make it worth a play. Taito has come through with a nearly identical translation of the Super Famicom beat-em-up hit -- Sonic Blast Man. This summer the B- Man hits the U.S. streets to brawl with some big-time thugs.
A Blast from the Past
Sonic Blast Man first beat his way through the arcades. Now this one-player action game throws Sonic Blast Man into a five stage side-scrolling slugfest on the SNES. The Man needs every ounce of his strength to make it through a goon-infested ghost town, an acid-dripping factory, a stinking sewer, a robot-ruined castle, and an alien-driven space station. After each stage, he must also save an innocent victim in a bonus stage.
Luckily, Sonic Blast Man has some boom behind his moves. In addition to the usual punch, jump, and kick moves, he can use a One-Handed Throw, a Power Punch, a Sonic Uppercut, a Judo Throw (where he rolls on his back and tosses an enemy), a Windup Punch, and an Airplane Throw. Other raw weapons at his disposal are a Dynamite Punch, which knocks down everyone on the screen, and the Screw Bomb, which sends enemies careening off-screen. The crisp controls make pulling any move a snap.
- If you pick up a dizzied fighter, toss him into other opponents with your Airplane Throw.
- To know where these jumping vapor monsters are going to land, watch for their shadows.
Help Along The way
Blast Man needs food, money, and a little luck to keep him on the crime fighting fast track. Metal barrels hold life-saving surprises. Sonic finds Apples, Hamburgers, and Chickens to keep up his health. A Super Clove gives him another Dynamite Punch. Money Bags up his point dollars, and a Sonic Helmet scores an extra life.
- When it's raining fire in Stage 2's factory, stay put until it stops, even if the game prompts you to go.
- Defeat the Martial Arts acrobats in Stage 2 by taking them out when they flip over Blast Man's head.
Boom with a View
If you like comic books, you'll love SBM's digitized graphics. The backgrounds are colorful and they look like a Marvel masterpiece. The sprites are large, and they move smoothly.
As for sound, you don't need any! The music, although unobtrusive, keeps you ready to fight. But remember, this is like a comic book. Instead of grunting sound effects, the words "Boom!", "Slam!", "Barooom!", and more appear onscreen in time with the action.
Sonic Blast Man's variety of moves and great graphics keep this game one punch above the other face-smashers. It's a Blast.
Last summer, moviegoers had a chance to take a ' peek at Cool World, a flick that mixed live actors and cartoon creatures. Soon gamers will have a chance to interact with the characters of Cool World in Ocean's latest and, based on its Cool looks, pertiaps its greatest SNES endeavor.
Hot Game, Cool World
In this one-player, side-scrolling, action/adventure game, you'll get your fair share of running, jumping, and punching action. As cartoonist Jack Deebs, you fall in love with one of your more shapely doodles, Holli Would.
Holli's got a few tricks up her sleeveless dress: she wants to use you to acquire a human body and cross over into the Real World. To make her transition complete, Holli needs to get a hold of the Golden Spike of Power, which is hidden atop the Ocean Hotel in Las Vegas. You've got to stop Holli, because she could destroy both worlds in the process.
After plunging head over heels into Cool World, you'll encounter doodles from the movie -- Nails the Spider, the Popper Police, and Sparks (Holli's right- hand man). In seven magnificently drawn and extremely colorful levels, you've got to destroy the bad doodles by punching them with your hammer fist or sucking them into your pen.
Three Times as Cool
Ocean will offer three ways to fall into Cool World in 1993 with games for the SNES, NES, and Game Boy. While you're eagerly waiting to enter Cool World, take a sneak peek at what's in store for your SNES.