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Old 30 September 2022, 21:17   #1
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Zool 2 PC CD DOS version

I Have been looking for this game for some time because I'm almost sure the CD version of zool 2 exists and features music+sfx during game
in the web basically you will found a floppy cracked version of Zool 2 without music, only SFX

then I just found a rare CD image in old-games.ru

but such CD image is small and do not contain audio tracks
even it doesn't work in DOS box or PCEM , I instaled the game but it crash ( black screen)

it seems there is some kind of copy protection on the CD or another strange thing happens

can anyone take a look on this?

I can upload the CD image to the zone if anyone want to try this

thanks
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Old 30 September 2022, 23:51   #2
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The game works fine in dosbox. No audio tracks. Ingame you have the choice of music or sfx.
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Old 01 October 2022, 00:54   #3
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The game works fine in dosbox. No audio tracks. Ingame you have the choice of music or sfx.
do you tested the cd image from old games.ru ?
because here does not works,

unless you have set a special setting in dosbox?
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Old 01 October 2022, 06:57   #4
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There is no download link at old-games.ru

But I checked it with exodos lite https://www.retro-exo.com/exodos.html

Game works fine with ingame music or sfx



Also 5,000 Cycles is the sweet spot. Anything higher and you get tearing in the background
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Old 01 October 2022, 12:43   #5
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There is no download link at old-games.ru
yes there are download links at old-games.ru

once you are in a page of certain game click on the "files" slider
in the case of zool 2 you will find the floppy version, the cd version and some manuals and docs

btw, the screenshot you are uploaded is from the floppy version, right?
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Old 01 October 2022, 13:04   #6
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yes there are download links at old-games.ru

once you are in a page of certain game click on the "files" slider
in the case of zool 2 you will find the floppy version, the cd version and some manuals and docs

btw, the screenshot you are uploaded is from the floppy version, right?
No CD version.

As Mad-Matt says the game has built in music or sfx option

There are no cdda audio tracks
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The DOS CD version from old-games_ru works fine on 86Box. It is identical to DOS floppy version except it includes same animated intro as in CD32 version.
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The DOS CD version from old-games_ru works fine on 86Box. It is identical to DOS floppy version except it includes same animated intro as in CD32 version.
Correct
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Shovelware most likely.
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Old 01 October 2022, 21:46   #10
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then I do not understand why there is a CD version if not features cdda audio tracks
just for garbage 3d anims?

also I do not understand why in the PC version you must choice sfx or music, but not both
I don't think the soundblaster had the 4 audio channels limitation of the Amiga sound chip
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Shovelware is term for software that got a CD release without any feature (except that intro that already existed) that would warrant such a release. It's just a way to make more money without any effort by getting people to get the game on CD expecting for example CD audio.
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Shovelware is term for software that got a CD release without any feature (except that intro that already existed) that would warrant such a release. It's just a way to make more money without any effort by getting people to get the game on CD expecting for example CD audio.
then almost all the CD32 games are shovelware
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btw, to make this crap work on dosbox I just found a way

machine=vgaonly
cycles=2750
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then almost all the CD32 games are shovelware
Yep. Somebody made a post about how many CD32 games didn't use any CD enhancements a while back and it was more than 50%.
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Yep. Somebody made a post about how many CD32 games didn't use any CD enhancements a while back and it was more than 50%.
50 % ?
Id say 99% of the CD32 titles are shovelware

the only exception which comes to my mind is Fire+ICE CD32 which enhances GFX to AGA and add fantastic CD music tracks

Other CD32 games which also add CD tracks to replace music on chip : they are not worth it since the music is more or less the same crap or even worst
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Dumped 2 version back in the day. They don't feature audio tracks. http://redump.org/disc/17972/ The CD32 version however does.
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i think Zool 2 CD for DOS use audio tracks in FLI format.
i listen to some music and music quality seems like cd audio or little worst.

Zool 2 floppy disk are 1,2 MB installed on Harddisk
Zool 2 CD are 50 MB
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i think Zool 2 CD for DOS use audio tracks in FLI format.
It's the CD32 intro:

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It is identical to DOS floppy version except it includes same animated intro as in CD32 version.
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An FLI file is a movie or animation created by Autodesk animation software, such as Animator Pro. FLI files use lossless compression, which reduces the file size but maintains the original quality.
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