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James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod

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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 DOS Title Screen
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod SEGA Master System Hanging around behind door 1
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod DOS Climbing across.
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Amiga Robocod in action.

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

The CD32 has the best version of Robocod Amiga CD32 Schutzstaffel88 (14)
Charismatic, original platform fun with lots of surprises Amiga Martin Smith (76)
Robocod is a real winner in platform games! DOS Accatone (5187)

The Press Says

Datormagazin Amiga Nov, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Nov, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Feb, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Computing Amiga CD32 Dec, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1992 87 out of 100 87
CU Amiga Amiga CD32 Nov, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Pocket Games Game Boy Advance Dec 09, 2005 31 out of 40 78
Mega Fun SNES Jun, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Game Zero Game Gear Dec, 1993 72.5 out of 100 72
Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Sep 01, 2009 7 out of 10 70

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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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