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James Pond: Underwater Agent

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James Pond: Underwater Agent
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Rob Hubbard
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95[1][2] 705301
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[3] E174SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E174SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 100 E174SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E174SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



James Pond: Underwater Agent is first in a series of games developed by Millennium Interactive. It was first released on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST in 1990, and was ported to the Sega Mega Drive and Acorn Archimedes in 1991. In the game, the player controls a fish named Pond, who needs to complete a series of rescue missions and stop the evil Doctor Maybe from polluting the world's oceans. Unlike later games in the series, James Pond is not a traditional platform game, as most of the game takes place underwater (similar to Ecco the Dolphin).

Gameplay

Before each level, James Pond is given mission criteria. A and B shoot bubbles to trap enemies. B will also pick up and drop keys and other mission-critical collectibles. Power-ups and bonus items can be picked up by simply swimming into them. Holding Up and reaching the surface will cause James Pond to jump out of the water and back in — use this to reach dry land for more items. While on dry land, C jumps high. In each level, there is a set amount of time to complete the mission objectives and go into an exit (holding Down while over a tube).

Production credits

  • Game Design: Chris Sorrell
  • Graphics: Chris Sorrell
  • Programmer: Steve Bak
  • Original Music and Sound Effects: Richard Joseph
  • Music and Sound Effects Translation: Michael Barlow
  • Producer: Christopher Erhardt
  • Associate Producer: Roland Kippenhan III
  • Product Management: Lesley Mansford, Robert Sears
  • Art Director: Nancy L. Fong
  • Package Illustration: Mark Nightingale
  • Documentation: Michael Humes
  • Documentation Layout: Jennie Maruyama
  • Game Testers: Ed Gwynn, Michael Meischeid, Jeffrey Lee, Michael A. Lubuguin
  • Quality Assurance: Michael C. Prince

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 №3, p42[4]
72 №23, p47[2]
80 №1
75 №15, p114[5]
79 №5, p92
82 №1, p65
77 №1, p78[6]
79 №8, p16-18[7]
87 №9, p39[8]
71 №5/91, p136
86 №8, p54[3]
83 №18, p10/11
60 №23, p53
73 №3, p61[9]
70 №18, p66
85 №2/91, p93[10]
90 №58, p65[11]
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
17 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
JamesPond MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
James Pond MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
James Pond MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
JamesPond MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

James Pond Underwater Agent Megadrive AU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
JamesPond MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, FR

James Pond MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d0e7b466
MD5 aacf7533fd8e45b95321a57b01fb3ac8
SHA-1 b4e1c945c3ccea2e76b296d6694c0931a1ec1310
512kB 1991-03 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. File:VG&CE US 28.pdf, page 43
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:GamePro US 023.pdf, page 49
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:Raze UK 08.pdf, page 54
  4. File:AcaoGames BR 003.pdf, page 42
  5. File:Joystick FR 015.pdf, page 114
  6. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 78
  7. File:MeanMachines UK 08.pdf, page 16
  8. File:PlayerOne FR 009.pdf, page 39
  9. File:SegaPro UK 03.pdf, page 61
  10. File:VideoGames DE 1991-02.pdf, page 89
  11. File:Zzap IT 58.pdf, page 65