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 Game Boy Advance Completed levels have the face of James on their doors.
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Game Boy Advance Language selection
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod SEGA Master System Found the exit and the penguins
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Game Boy Advance I don't like this car's expression.

Alternate Titles

  • "Super James Pond II" -- International SNES title
  • "Super James Pond" -- Game Boy/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 (5183)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1993 91 out of 100 91
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
The One Amiga Jul, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Oct 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Pixel-Heroes.de DOS Jun 13, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun SEGA Master System Nov, 1993 78 out of 100 78
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1993 68 out of 100 68
High Score Amiga CD32 Nov, 1993 3 out of 5 60
Sega-16.com Genesis Feb 27, 2005 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Cancelled NES version

In the August 1993 issue of the British videogame magazine Game Zone, a review for the NES version of this game was written. This version of the game was never officially released.

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

  • Commodore Format
    • July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Platformers (Check 'em out)
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #14 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • 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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