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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 SEGA Master System Continue?
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Game Boy Cards whose back is visible are hidden gaps.
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Game Gear Level completed
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Commodore 64 Intro: Only Robocod can helps us now...

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 (5185)

The Press Says

Sega Force SEGA Master System Nov 04, 1993 93 out of 100 93
Génération 4 Genesis Nov, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Computing Amiga Jan, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Oct 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 Oct, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Mega Fun SEGA Master System Nov, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Games Master Amiga Sep, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Amiga CD32 Jan, 1994 5.5 out of 10 55
N-Zone Nintendo DS Dec 09, 2006 41 out of 100 41

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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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