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James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod (Amiga)

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Description

In his second adventure James Pond must retrieve the toys Dr Maybe has stolen. Pond has been armed with an Inspector Gadget-style stretch device, which he can use to view higher areas or claw onto ceilings so as to slide across them.

The gameplay takes place across worlds themed around particular types of toys, such as sporting goods, candy and aircraft. The levels scroll sideways, although a small amount of vertical movement is included. On each level Pond must collect 2 penguins and reach the exit, although there are usually multiple exits and lots of secret areas to explore. After completing each pair of two worlds (each of which has three sub levels), a boss must be faced.

Screenshots

James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Amiga Intro sequence.
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Amiga Robocod in action.
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Amiga Title
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Amiga The level selection map: Open a door to access the level. Note that most doors are locked, so you do have to complete the lower levels first.

Alternate Titles

  • "Super James Pond II" -- International SNES title
  • "Super James Pond" -- US SNES title
  • "RoboCod" -- Official European SEGA Master System abbreviation
  • "James Pond II: Codename: RoboCod" -- In-game title
  • "James Pond: Codename: RoboCod" -- European DS title

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User Reviews

Charismatic, original platform fun with lots of surprises Martin Smith (76) unrated

The Press Says

Datormagazin Nov, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Action Dec, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Format Aug, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Format Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
CU Amiga Jul, 1993 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Games Master Sep, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Joker Sep, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Joker Dec, 1991 72 out of 100 72

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Trivia

Music

The title music by Richard Joseph bares much similarity to the theme from RoboCop (the movie). Some notes are changed, and the music is obviously much "cuter", but you can still hear the RoboCop theme in there!

Product placement

The UK release of the game featured considerable product placement from Penguin chocolate biscuits, making it one of the first games to use this form of marketing (Zool is another famous example from this era).

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #67 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #17 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
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