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Unlike the first game of the series, that was a mission-based game, and the second one, where your character had unique abilities such as observing the whole level and growing to unlimited height, James Pond 3 is a standard jump and run platform game. Pond can run very quickly (by holding down the A button) through large levels, which often contain steep mountain sides and other tricky areas. Once again, he has to oppose the evil scientist Maybe and his minions.


James Pond 3: Operation Starfish Genesis Abominable snowman
James Pond 3: Operation Starfish Genesis Crashed rocket
James Pond 3: Operation Starfish Genesis Title
James Pond 3: Operation Starfish Genesis Pushing a mine cart.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Splash Gordon" -- Working title
  • "Operation Starfi5h" -- Game Gear and SNES title
  • "James Pond 3: Operation Starfi5h" -- Box spelling

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You're a fish on a mission to stop cheesefarming in space. And its fun! re_fold (310) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

Mean Machines Dec, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Play Time Oct, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun Oct, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Electronic Games Jan, 1994 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1994 10 out of 12 83 Nov 13, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Feb, 1994 64 out of 100 64


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Oleg Roschin (181727) added James Pond 3: Operation Starfish (Genesis) on Apr 11, 2003
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