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"James Pond" is (obviously) a parody on the famous agent 007 stories. You control Pond, a fish-like creature, who has to complete several missions, while making his way through levels full of dangers and hostile creatures. It is not a typical "jump and run" game: instead of breezing through large levels, Pond has to complete unique missions for each game area: free hostages, detonate a structure, find keys, etc. It is possible to exit a level only after having completed the objective. Many missions are timed.


James Pond: Underwater Agent Genesis Searching for some items
James Pond: Underwater Agent Genesis Secret bonus level
James Pond: Underwater Agent Genesis Get some explosives and detonate the base of the Acme company
James Pond: Underwater Agent Genesis Title screen

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Raze Jun, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Games-X May, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Mean Machines May, 1991 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
Joystick (French) Apr, 1991 75 out of 100 75
Power Play May, 1991 71 out of 100 71 May 17, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment May, 1991 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Jun, 1991 66 out of 100 66
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1991 17 out of 40 42


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The retail release for the Atari ST by Millenium cannot be finished without using a cheat, as no oil leaks appear in level 8. This is fixed in the budget re-release by GBH 2 years later.


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #83 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"

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Unicorn Lynx (181363) added James Pond: Underwater Agent (Genesis) on Apr 11, 2003
Other platforms contributed by B.L. Stryker (21074), Kabushi (200242) and Martin Smith (66859)