Spot Goes To Hollywood

Video Description

Help Spot navigate through various film genres when trapped in a movie projector.


This was a Sega Genesis game I played back when I was younger, but it was so difficult that I could never complete it. I maybe made it about half way into the game before being able to proceed further. The game was also released for the PlayStation 1 and Sega Saturn, but I never had it back in the day.

This game was played in RetroArch using the Genesis Plus GX core.

My Rating:

Story

In the PlayStation and Sega Saturn version of the game, Spot (the 7 Up mascot) falls out of a Cool Spot vending machine in Hollywood and wanders into an employee room and starts up the movie projector. He gets trapped in the projector and has to navigate through various movie genres. He manages to escape the movies, but so do the enemies he’s been fighting.

Gameplay

Spot is in a 3D space, with an isometric viewing angle, making it difficult to navigate. Controls are also a bit difficult at times due to the perspective.

In the Genesis version, Spot has to collect spots in order to complete the level. Collect enough to complete the stage. Sometimes they are out in the open, but other times they are hidden quite well.

However, in the PS1 / Saturn versions, 100 spots can be collected for an extra life. The main thing to collect in this version of the game is the golden stars. There are five of them in each level. Some are out in the open, while others are hidden very well. They could be in secret areas where you warp to small area, collect spots in a particular order, and often have a time limit before they disappear or you are warped out. The secret areas may even be behind the exit. Collecting all the stars for a particular world will unlock a bonus level for that world.

Spot has a ranged attack to combat enemies. They die quite easily in the PS1 / Saturn version, but they often have so much health that it takes many hits to finally kill an enemy in the Genesis version. He can also use different abilities, such as a three-way shot, a freeze shot to freeze enemies into ice blocks, making them platforms, a power shot to do extra damage, and a bomb to explode things in an area. These abilities are not in the Genesis version. Health is sparse, as are extra lives, making it difficult. There are various items to pick up that give you points, but that’s about it. The PS1 / Saturn version is much easier as a result.

Graphics

The Genesis version has muted graphics. Nothing really stands out. They are mostly dark and faded, not that colorful. The environment are also nothing spectacular either, mostly due to the perspective of the game.

The PS1 / Genesis version looks a lot better, with detailed environments.

Sound / Music

The music in the Genesis version seems to be muffled and mostly mono. It doesn’t appear to have been created natively for the Genesis unlike many other great Genesis games. It’s not necessarily bad music, but doesn’t really stand out.

The PS1 / Saturn version has pretty good music. It’s basically the same tunes, but sounds much more alive.

Game Info

Spot Goes to Hollywood (Cover)
Developer: Eurocom, Burst Studios
Release Date: November 22, 1995
Published: (updated: )
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About the Author

Asphodel Gaming
Asphodel Gaming
I am a streamer and game reviewer that enjoys older games (PS1, PS2, PSP, Genesis, Dreamcast, Game Boy, N64, GameCube, and more), and indie games.
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