Zintrick is a puzzle game developed by ADK in 1996 that uses sprites that look
and act like water droplets. This was one of the key reasons for why it had been
initially misidentified as "Droppers". Droppers (by Video System) was a completely
different puzzle game, but since it was from roughly the same time period, and
because we had no photographic evidence at the time, the game was misidentified.
SNK originally intended to release Zintrick on cartridge format. It was advertized
and shown at arcade expos. While it was not displayed at the 1996 ACME show in 1996,
it was however released later that same month for the NEOGEO CD system. And although
an actual proto cartridge has never been found, the game's rom data was extrapolated
and converted to the cartridge format by Jeff Kurtz and subsequently released and
made available to the community.
A complete (with sound and music) rom build of Zintrick was finally discovered and
confirmed in 2022. It was one of the many protos that RoU had in his collection.
Several emulated screen shots and emulated videos were also provided by RoU which
clearly showed the fully functional sound and music of the game.
-- May 1995 -- Began as an action/shooting game with the early working title "Slime Wars".
-- December 1995 -- Finished on December 15th and placed on a location test in Japan.
-- January 1996 -- Zintrick is ported over to the NEOGEO CD system.
-- February 1996 -- Arcade Game Magazine shows Zintrick scheduled for release.
-- February 1996 -- SNK announces that Zintrick will be shown at the 1996 ACME Show.
-- March 1996 -- Zintrick is NOT at the show, canceled for MVS, but released for the CD system.
-- November 2001 -- Jeff Kurtz converts the CD rom data to run on a sample ROM cartridge.
-- March 2004 -- Razoola improves the rom build with several modifications and enhancements.
-- September 2015 -- additional work is presently underway to add music to the rom build.
-- August 2022 -- RoU revealed that he had the complete version of the game rom with music.
CURRENT STATUS: RELEASED