Super James Pond
This fishy action game is a conversion of EA's Genesis game, Codename: Robocod. The conversion is an identical twin, but that's not a downfall. You play James Pond -- hero, secret agent fish-in one of the most playful and available for the SNES. Great graphics and nine multi-level stages of action make this game worthy of notice. If you want to see just how similar the two versions of this game are, check out these snapshots of the same room!
Genesis owners have been able to swish with the fish in three installments of the James Pond series: James Pond Underwater Agent, Codename: Robocod, and Aquatic Games. Now the slippery sea-spy has jumped into the SNES lake, and he's looking as dapper as ever. In fact, aside from the graphics that have gone from good to great, American Softworks Company's Super James Pond is identical to EA's Genesis game, Codename: Robocod.
The evil Doctor Maybe has taken over Santa Claus's main toy factory in the North Pole and placed a bunch of bombs (disguised as penguins) throughout the factory. As an agent of F.I.S.H., an underwater espionage agency, you must infiltrate the toy factory and defuse the penguin bombs.
In this side-scrolling hop 'n' bop action game, you've got to move your tail to the Barber Pole Exits at the end of each of the nine stages.
You're armed with a robosuit that lets you stretch your pliable fish body from the floor to the ceiling. The suit comes in handy when avoiding dangerous ground obstacles by enabling stretching up and climbing along the ceiling.
You enter each mission through doors on the outside of the toy factory. Each stage has a different toy theme and different enemies. For example, the first stage is full of sports games, while the second stage has plenty of cutesy stuffed animals.
- To bypass the first stage entirely, go left at the first screen and you'll find a Barber Pole Exit.
- Stage Two's floating platforms remain stationary when you jump, so don't steer James off-course in midair.
The Most Beautiful Fish in the World
Super James Pond's background and foreground graphics are fantastic and funny. Many of the finely drawn backgrounds are tiled with rows of giant Chocolate Bar squares and stacks of Teddy Bears that have funny facial expressions. The SNES graphics takes advantages of the system's color palate with brilliant blend detailed sprites. The playfulness of this game's animation will definitely win you over.
To get up near the top of Stage Two's first level, take the moving platforms all the way to the hay bales on the far left. Then stretch up to the stuffed animals, and latch on.
The soundtrack in Super James Pond will make you wish you had water in your ears. The same repetitive techno-dribble music plays throughout the game, except in the boss stages. The sound effects are not very notable, so you'll definitely want to seek auditory involvement from an outside source.
In Stage Three's Nougat level, don't take this Exit Pole, or you'll be transported to the beginning of the level. Instead, take the green platform upwards.
Take a Dip
Although Super James Pond's game play is identical to its Genesis sibling, it shines through as a solid game on its own. Beautiful, funny graphics combine with big, big levels to make Super James Pond a cool alternative to the ultra-violent shooting and scooting games. This super-fish is super fly!