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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 Level statistics
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod SNES An enemy (U. S. version)
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Commodore 64 Start of the game.
James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod Game Gear Boss fight against a giant car that spits out smaller cars

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

The One Amiga Jul, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System Oct 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Amiga Dream Amiga CD32 Nov, 1993 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Aug, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Games Master Amiga Sep, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1991 72 out of 100 72
Power Unlimited Game Boy Oct, 1993 7 out of 10 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 06, 2013 3 out of 6 50
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nintendo DS Aug 16, 2006 5 out of 10 50
Amiga Power Amiga CD32 Dec, 1993 45 out of 100 45

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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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