This interesting dual scrolling title was written by the brother (?) of musician Nigel Grieve, but didn’t seem to have any company attached to it. Was it intended for Hewson maybe?
Well, thanks to contributor Gaetano Chiummo, it has been discovered that the game was reviewed in Italian magazine MC Microcomputer issue 65 and was to be newly distributed by a company called Italvideo. In the review the publisher is listed as Italvideo/Ocean.
Interestingly, Kevin Grieve worked on V – The Computer Game, Knight Rider and Super Bowl for Ocean Software a year before, so was Zolo indeed pitched to Ocean from Kevin? It does seem indeed that there is a certain connection, which only Kevin might be able to reveal. We hope also that Grant Harrison may know more too, as he worked with Kevin a number of times.
The game is a little rough round the edges, but has a nicely animated ship and the tunes are OK by Nigel.
We suspected that the Italvideo link may have been a pirate label, as there were quite a few Italian pirated tapes sold of common commercial titles from the UK, but then Zolo had retained its name. Certainly it was pirated and released under the name of Sistema 2001 by Game 2000.
Thanks to Stadium64, he directed us to a page on the Retrocollector website which shows that this was a limited Ocean connected release in Italy via Italvideo. Just why Ocean didn’t release the game in some form in the UK, we are not quite sure yet. But this indeed was released somewhere.
So there seems to be more of a story to dig out with this one.
Contributions: Gaetano Chiummo, Stadium64