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Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings is a licensed platformer based on the official mascot of the 1996 Olympic Games. It was released in both North American and PAL regions.

In 1991, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games began a competition to find a mascot for their hosting of the Olympic games. Senior animation director of Atlanta+based firm DEISGNefx John Ryan won this competition with his blue 'blob' design named 'Whatizit'. Whatizit was introduced at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics closing ceremonies and met a harshly critical reception.

In the game, he is tasked with recovering the five Olympic Rings from various locations across the world and beyond. To aid him, he has his shapeshifting abilities that allows him to take several advantageous forms. Many of these expand his traversal - turning into a rocket, for instance, allows him to travel quickly upwards.

Izzy would appear in other video game: 1996's Izzy's Adventure, a rare educational adventure game for PC. Rather than this game, Olympic Summer Games is the official video game for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

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