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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 Game Boy Advance If he finds an umbrella, James falls much more slowly.
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Atari ST Second level
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Commodore 64 Start of the game.
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod DOS Toy shop.

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

Datormagazin Amiga Nov, 1991 96 out of 100 96
Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1991 95 out of 100 95
ST Format Atari ST Feb, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Power Amiga Aug, 1993 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) DOS Aug, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Mega Fun SEGA Master System Nov, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Megablast SEGA Master System 1993 78 out of 100 78
Games Master Amiga Sep, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Amiga Power Amiga CD32 Dec, 1993 45 out of 100 45

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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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