Zoop (GG)

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Zoop
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Platform: GG
Year: 1995
Developer: Hookstone Productions

Zoop is a puzzle game by Hookstone. You control an arrow in the middle of a grid and must shoot different colored pieces closing in on you by shooting them with your arrow. However, you can only destroy ("zoop") pieces that are the same color as your arrow, otherwise you and the piece you shot will swap colors.

Along the way, you can get powerups such as a lightning bolt which clears many blocks wherever it's shot, and collecting 5 springs will cause all pieces on the board to be destroyed.

The Game Gear version had to be scaled down due to the low screen resolution, so the wacky shapes of the computer versions was changed to just simple rectangles.

The Game Gear and Game Boy versions were the only portable/handheld versions of the game and are very identical to each other, the only differences being in graphics and sound quality.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The main menu.

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The options menu, which only lets you set up audio.

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Selecting a difficulty.

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Playing the fifth stage.

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Entering a name on the high scores screen.

Music

The original DOS version featured 11 tracks for various multitracked soundcards. The Game Gear version had to be scaled down to just 4 channels; 3 square waves and one noise channel. The Game Gear version only uses 7 of the 11 songs in the DOS version, though it also uses some of the unused songs in the DOS version as well. Some of the songs are shorter than what's heard in the console/computer ports, and some of the vibraphone tremolos are missing.

To do the arrangements, Eric wrote MIDI files in Cakewalk, which were then converted to David Warhol's sound driver.

The songs are named after the XMI files in the DOS version.

Recording

# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Zoop Jazz Bobby ScumaciEric SwansonDavid Warhol 1:25
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02 Jazz 2 Mark DavisEric SwansonDavid Warhol 1:35
Download
03 Shake Mark DavisEric SwansonDavid Warhol 2:08
Download
04 Zoop Fink Mark DavisEric SwansonDavid Warhol 1:48
Download
05 Latman Mark DavisEric SwansonDavid Warhol 1:36
Download
06 Bonus Mark DavisEric SwansonDavid Warhol 1:44
Download
07 Bonus 2 Mark DavisEric SwansonDavid Warhol 1:34
Download

Credits

(Source, Game Boy credits, verification from arranger; game does not credit the arranger.)

The game credits Brian Schmidt, but Brian said he didn't work on the Game Gear except for Surf Ninjas. The arrangements are identical to the ones used in the Game Boy version, which credits Eric Swanson for the arrangements. We have reached out to Eric who has confirmed working on the arrangements for the Game Gear version.

David Warhol uses the alias of his company name, but has confirmed programming the sound driver.

Game Rip

Format

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Releases

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Zoop - GG.jpg
Title: Zoop
Platform: GG
Released: 1995-??-??
Publisher: Viacom New Media



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Notable Songs Zoop Jazz
Notable Personnel Bobby Scumaci • Mark Davis
Notable Companies Hookstone Productions • Viacom