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Retro 2D platformer Zool Redimensioned is now Steam Deck Verified

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According to an official update posted on Steam, Zool Redimensioned, the 2021 reimagining of the 1992 platformer Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension, has now been granted Steam Deck Verified status.

Hey everyone,
We just wanted to let you know that your favourite retro platforming ninja from the nth dimension has been certified VERIFIED for the Steam Deck.

What this means is that Zool Redimensioned will run on the Steam Deck without drops in performance or technical issues!

So, if you like to game on the go, you can play Zool Redimensioned safe in the knowledge that you’ll have the same awesome experience as you do when playing on desktop.

The game already had a Gold rating on ProtonDB and runs well on desktop Linux, but it's nice to see that extra bit of assurance that it works as it should on the Deck.

There was also an update in May which added three local multiplayer mini-games, which should be a good fit for the Steam Deck Dock!

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Features:

  • Over 28 retro platforming challenges, all enhanced for the best possible experience.
  • Choose between two main game modes: Redimensioned for a more accessible modern experience, or Ultimate Ninja to experience a true hardcore challenge.
  • Trade blows with the dimension's most dangerous creatures in seven completely redesigned boss fights.
  • Discover new secrets, challenges and extras across your adventure, with over 25 achievements to unlock.
  • Enhanced quality-of-life options, including a level select screen, checkpoints, accessibility options and more.
  • Play the original Mega Drive version for a truly authentic retro adventure.

You can buy it on Humble Store and Steam

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neffo Jun 18, 2023
QuotePlay the original Mega Drive version

I mean everyone knows the Atari ST version was the original...

StoneColdSpider Jun 18, 2023
Congrats on your submitted article getting published.......
Nice portrait photo too.....
tuubi Jun 18, 2023
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Quoting: neffo
QuotePlay the original Mega Drive version

I mean everyone knows the Atari ST version was the original...


They might "know" that, but they'd be wrong.

It's an Amiga game that got ported to a bunch of computer and console platforms, including the ST and the Mega Drive.
Liam Dawe Jun 18, 2023
Heh the feature list was from Steam. I assume by “original” they simply meant unedited. I originally played it on Amiga.


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Pengling Jun 19, 2023
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Quoting: StoneColdSpiderCongrats on your submitted article getting published.......
Nice portrait photo too.....
Haha, thankyou my friend. And many thanks to Liam for approving it! Hopefully it'll be ok for me to submit more in the future.

Quoting: neffoI mean everyone knows the Atari ST version was the original...

Quoting: tuubiThey might "know" that, but they'd be wrong.

It's an Amiga game that got ported to a bunch of computer and console platforms, including the ST and the Mega Drive.
Quoting: Liam DaweHeh the feature list was from Steam. I assume by “original” they simply meant unedited. I originally played it on Amiga.
Yeah, they definitely mean unedited - though, that said, the boot credits screen has modified copyright info, and the Chupa Chups sponsorship is gone!

I originally played it on the Mega Drive myself, for what it's worth. That version has different stage-designs which I presume was done to better suit the expectations of the console audience (it seems a little bit less "home-micro Europlatformer" influenced), and the remake seems to be primarily based on that version.

I'm quite impressed by how long they've been supporting it for, at this point - and they seem to be willing to give Zool another chance, which is cool.


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ssj17vegeta Jun 19, 2023
I had it on the Amiga.

At the time, I didn't have many games and coming back from my friend's place (who owned a NES and Super Mario 3) was somewhat a frustrating experience. Until Zool came out !

A great game I have very fond memories of !
slaapliedje Jun 19, 2023
Quoting: neffo
QuotePlay the original Mega Drive version

I mean everyone knows the Atari ST version was the original...

Still find it odd that the Jaguar had Zool 2, but not 1... and then they remastered Zool 1, but not 2...

Quoting: PenglingI'm quite impressed by how long they've been supporting it for, at this point - and they seem to be willing to give Zool another chance, which is cool.

Are they actually supporting it? Or is it just a matter of Valve telling them they tested it on the Deck, it worked, and so they announced it was verified for the Steam Deck. It's not like they were required to patch it. It likely just worked the first time someone tested it.

Are they going to be doing Zool 2?

Zool was basically an attempt by someone to get a gaming mascot for the Amiga. Everyone was trying to get one around that time. Nintendo had Mario, Sega had Sonic, I think Atari at one point was trying to get Rayman, or Bubsy, or... Something. They could have just done more Bently Bear stuff, though most probably don't remember the incredible game, Crystal Castles...
Pengling Jun 19, 2023
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Quoting: ssj17vegetaI had it on the Amiga.

At the time, I didn't have many games and coming back from my friend's place (who owned a NES and Super Mario 3) was somewhat a frustrating experience. Until Zool came out !

A great game I have very fond memories of !
Platformers are one of my all-time favourite genres, so I was just happy to have more of them in general. (Except for Bubsy... Too many game-design issues there for my liking, though they certainly nailed the Looney Tunes-ish look.)

Quoting: slaapliedjeAre they actually supporting it? Or is it just a matter of Valve telling them they tested it on the Deck, it worked, and so they announced it was verified for the Steam Deck. It's not like they were required to patch it. It likely just worked the first time someone tested it.
They are! In mid-May (almost two years after launch) there was an update adding some local multiplayer mini-games and a couple of new quality-of-life tweaks, as well.

Quoting: slaapliedjeAre they going to be doing Zool 2?
It's not as well-liked as the first one so I kind of doubt it, though I'd honestly love to see them fix it up for a sequel-remake.

That said, they did make what looked like a hint at a Zool 3 in this one, and speaking as someone who's a bit of a sucker for a number of somewhat-forgotten platforming mascots including Zool (I own a nice chunk of the official Zool merch that's been issued over time ), I was quite happy to see that.

Quoting: slaapliedjeI think Atari at one point was trying to get Rayman, or Bubsy, or... Something.
Bizarrely, they had both of those guys and Zool, at that point. The Jaguar really had a disproportionate amount of mascot-platformers, considering that it only had five platformers in total during its original run! (I gather it's gotten at least a couple more ported to it in more recent years.)

Quoting: slaapliedjeThey could have just done more Bently Bear stuff, though most probably don't remember the incredible game, Crystal Castles...
Well, Bentley was in Atari Karts, at least, so I guess there's that... Very odd that he didn't get a platforming appearance, considering the era!
slaapliedje Jun 19, 2023
Quoting: Pengling
Quoting: ssj17vegetaI had it on the Amiga.

At the time, I didn't have many games and coming back from my friend's place (who owned a NES and Super Mario 3) was somewhat a frustrating experience. Until Zool came out !

A great game I have very fond memories of !
Platformers are one of my all-time favourite genres, so I was just happy to have more of them in general. (Except for Bubsy... Too many game-design issues there for my liking, though they certainly nailed the Looney Tunes-ish look.)

Quoting: slaapliedjeAre they actually supporting it? Or is it just a matter of Valve telling them they tested it on the Deck, it worked, and so they announced it was verified for the Steam Deck. It's not like they were required to patch it. It likely just worked the first time someone tested it.
They are! In mid-May (almost two years after launch) there was an update adding some local multiplayer mini-games and a couple of new quality-of-life tweaks, as well.

Quoting: slaapliedjeAre they going to be doing Zool 2?
It's not as well-liked as the first one so I kind of doubt it, though I'd honestly love to see them fix it up for a sequel-remake.

That said, they did make what looked like a hint at a Zool 3 in this one, and speaking as someone who's a bit of a sucker for a number of somewhat-forgotten platforming mascots including Zool (I own a nice chunk of the official Zool merch that's been issued over time ), I was quite happy to see that.

Quoting: slaapliedjeI think Atari at one point was trying to get Rayman, or Bubsy, or... Something.
Bizarrely, they had both of those guys and Zool, at that point. The Jaguar really had a disproportionate amount of mascot-platformers, considering that it only had five platformers in total during its original run! (I gather it's gotten at least a couple more ported to it in more recent years.)

Quoting: slaapliedjeThey could have just done more Bently Bear stuff, though most probably don't remember the incredible game, Crystal Castles...
Well, Bentley was in Atari Karts, at least, so I guess there's that... Very odd that he didn't get a platforming appearance, considering the era!

Good to see that they're still updating it then! A Zool 3 would be awesome, I still haven't beaten any of them, I keep thinking I should play 1 and 2 on my CD32, at least I have a Competition Pro for it!

At least Bentley Bear eventually got a platformer! https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1198
Pengling Jun 19, 2023
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Quoting: slaapliedjeGood to see that they're still updating it then!
Absolutely. They also addressed a long-standing criticism of the original game, where hazards aren't always obvious when moving at high speeds - you can now set a different level of contrast on them so they stand out more. I haven't tested it, though, so I don't know how well it works in practise. I'll take a look the next time I do a playthrough.

Quoting: slaapliedjeA Zool 3 would be awesome, I still haven't beaten any of them, I keep thinking I should play 1 and 2 on my CD32, at least I have a Competition Pro for it!
Yes, you should do that!

I did a full-series run for Zool last year, and to make it a bit longer I also included the two novels (which make up a two-part follow-up to the games, and have some fun worldbuilding and references packed in), and then followed it up with Zool Redimensioned (just going to be a mega-geek for a moment and note that this is the correct chronological order for the series ).

Quoting: slaapliedjeAt least Bentley Bear eventually got a platformer! https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1198
Oh awesome - always nice to see folks trying to get more out of the Atari 7800! And do I spy some Wonder Boy series influences there?
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