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From the super-cute sprites through to the brilliant scenery (check out Pond's underwater home!), everything is a graphical feast to behold. The playability's fab as well, with plenty of different missions to keep you going (with groan-worthy titles as well - A View to a Spill is my fave!), and even stacks of hidden bonuses and rooms to find. This is a brilliant arcade adventure with a loads of laffs guaranteed. Go on dive in.
Génération 4 (Dec, 1990)
A very funny game, very addictive, that will delight young and old.
Raze (Dec, 1990)
It's essentially a platform game, but very well mapped to make pixel perfect control of the free-floating fish a necessity. This should go down in the annals as a classic because of its playability, but also because of the incredible array of characters. This fish could become a cult.
The One (Nov, 1990)
Secret rooms and variations on the basic theme (like leading beleaguered fish and seals to safety) add to the appeal. And four different ditties or suitably silly sound effects help jolly along the proceedings. The difficulty level is just about right to start with but some of the later missions require some pretty impressive joystick juggling and will probably need several attempts to complete. James Pond won't hold your attention once all 12 missions are successfully completed, but for a few weeks at least you should be hooked.
Zzap! (Jan, 1991)
James Pond's greatest asset is definitely its light-hearted humour with Pond a true star: one of the most endearing heroes I've seen in ages.
Milennium hat mit James Pond einen typischen „Weihnachts-Titel“ erschaffen, der Spaß bereiten soll. Das weiche Scrolling, die gute Spielbarkeit und die netten Grafiken machen es zu einem sympathischen Game!
Amiga Format (Dec, 1990)
James Pond is the first of the Christmas cuties. he looks good, plays well and sounds spiffing too. The cute tone is backed with a sense of fun, which is what it is all about. Gargantuan brain-twisting games have their place, but so do the amusing tests of joystick control. pond treads that 'fin' line between overt cuteness and tough game design: play it and you're ensured a 'whale' of a time!
Tilt (Dec, 1990)
James Pond is an unpretentious game that is extremely addictive. The realization is very nice with beautiful graphics very colorful, smooth animation and excellent playability. The variety of missions constantly revives the interest of play. An ideal program for those who want to have a good time without taking the lead.
[Budget re-release] Cute is the first word that springs to mind when it comes to describing James Pond: Underwater Agent, playable is definitely the second - however if there is one problem, it might just be that the 12 levels aren't enough.
Pros: Presentation is classy. Sound and graphics are top-notch. Excellent playability. Send commendations to the lab boys, Q.

Cons: Each level looks and plays pretty much like the last, therefore there's little urge to see what features and graphics appear later on.

Final Analysis: Initially lots of fun, but the repetitive nature of the game is ultimately its downfall.
Amiga Joker (Dec, 1990)
Suchen, Sammeln und Knobeln — all das ist nicht neu, aber hier wird es mal äußerst witzig präsentiert. Dazu versüßen flüssige Animationen, hinreißend gemalte Sprites, butterweiches Scrolling und nicht zuletzt eine ausgezeichnete Spielbarkeit das Agentenleben. Gut getaucht, James!
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CU Amiga (Nov, 1990)
Cute Japanese-inspired arcade adventure.
Power Play (Jan, 1991)
James Pond ist der pure Agentenspaß. Die Unterwasserwelten scrollen schön weich in alle Richtungen, und wenn Pond nicht gerade betrunken ist, läßt er sich problemlos mit dem Joystick steuern. Was Millenium an witzigen Einfällen, grafischen Überraschungen und stimmungsvoller Agentenmusik in diesem Spiel versteckt hat, ist sehens- und hörenswert. Jede der zwölf Missionen verlangt eine etwas andere Taktik von unserem Flossenträger und fordert, mit steigendem Schwierigkeitsgrad, unsere Joystick-Fähigkeiten bis aufs letzte. Wer sich mit James in die Fluten stürzt, wird nicht so schnell wieder auftauchen. Ihr solltet Euch Pond unbedingt mal ansehen.
Amiga Power (May, 1991)
Loads of initial cute appeal, but really a pretty run-of-the-mill arcade runabout.