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James Pond II: Codename RoboCod
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Millennium Interactive, Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP),
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
U.S. Gold
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Rob Hubbard
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,900 EM20015
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.95 708701
Sega Mega Drive
EU (Classics)
€? EAX02401041I
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] E199SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E199SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 120 E199SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E199SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
KR
₩? GM4104JT



Sega Master System
EU (Kixx)
€? 29013-50
Sega Master System
UK
£34.99[5][6] 29013-50
Sega Master System
FR
?F 29013-50
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 29013-50
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 29013-50
Sega Master System
AU
$? FROB00SEC
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028580



Sega Game Gear
US
$? T-79068
Sega Game Gear
EU (Kixx)
€? 79068-50
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.99[7] 79068
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 79068
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 79068
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 79068



James Pond II: Codename RoboCod (ジェームスポンドII コードネーム・ロボコッド) (also known as Super James Pond or Super James Pond II) is a platforming sequel to James Pond. It was released on a variety of platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 (and the only Mega Drive entry in the series released in Japan) and the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System in 1993. The game has numerous parodies to the film RoboCop, including a similar theme song.

James Pond II was re-released in Europe as part of the EA Classics range, however curiously shipped with a redesigned cartridge label giving the game a North American ESRB rating (of Kids-to-Adults). This redesigned cartridge is not thought to have been officially released in North America, however.

Gameplay

Gameplay differs heavily from the original. This game is a conventional platformer, with James Pond moving on land and jumping without the aid or need for water. There are no missions; instead, Pond must find an exit sign in each level (accessible through doors into a building in the overworld). B jumps. Holding A or C causes Pond to stretch his body up until he is blocked by some overhead item; letting go lowers his body back to normal. Down crouches.

Production credits

  • Original Game Design: Chris Sorrell
  • Graphics: Chris Sorrell
  • Coding: Chris Sorrell
  • Course Director: Steve Bak
  • Additional Graphics: Leavon Archer
  • Sega Programming: Simeon Pashley
  • Original Music and Sound Effects: Richard Joseph
  • Music and Sound Effects Translation: Rob Hubbard
  • Producer: Christopher Erhardt
  • Associate Producer: Roland Kippenhan III
  • Product Management: Lesley Mansford
  • Art Direction: Nancy L. Fong
  • Package Illustration: Mark Erickson
  • Documentation: Andrea Smith
  • Documentation Layout: Jennie Maruyama
  • Testing: Steve Matulac
  • Quality Assurance: Bill Romer

Magazine articles

Main article: James Pond II: Codename RoboCod/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[8]
  • GamePro (US) #31: "February 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[9]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #32: "March 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[10]
</div>
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Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
</div>
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Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-07-07)
also published in:
  • Joypad (FR) #11: "Août/Septembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[13]
</div>
<div style="width:Expression error: Unexpected < operator.px; padding-left:2px; padding-top:9px; padding-right:2px;">Print advert in
Gamers (DE) #1/92: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
</div>

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №53, p78[2]
83 №3/92, p122[14]
91 №123, p46/47[15]
80 №30, p61[16]
100 №36
92 №2, p22-24
95 №7, p34-37[17]
91 №23, p130[18]
87 №2, p78[19]
80 №6, p77[20]
92 №1, p65
83 №1, p46-48[21]
95 №15, p56-58[22]
89 №16, p52/53[23]
73 №2/92, p168
90 №26, p26/27
95 №2, p28-30[24]
91 №15, p71
90 №18, p66
86 №1, p56/57[25]
85 №11, p21[4]
71 №1/92, p29[26]
Sega Mega Drive
88
Based on
22 reviews

Mega Drive, US
JP2 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
James Pond 2 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
James Pond 2 MD EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, EU (EA Classics)
James Pond 2 MD EU Classic.jpg
Cover
JamesPondII MD EU Cart EAClassics.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, FR

James Pond 2 MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
James Pond 2 MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
JamesPond2 MD JP CartTop.jpg
JamesPond2 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
JamesPond2 MD JP Cover2.jpg
Spinecard
Mega Drive, BR
JamesPondII MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, KR
James Pond 2 MD KR Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №25, p170[27]
92 №24, p78[28]
89 №22, p149[29]
89 №36, p140[30]
83 №47, p64/65
92 №23, p76/77
93 №7, p62/63[31]
93 №7/93, p23[32]
93 №4, p18-21[33]
Sega Master System
91
Based on
9 reviews

Master System, EU
James Pond 2 SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, EU (Kixx)
James Pond 2 SMS EU Box Kixx.jpg
Cover
RoboCod SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU
JamesPondII SMS AU cover.jpg
Cover
Master System, BR
James Pond 2 SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod SMS BR Cart.jpg
Cart
JamesPondIISMSBrManual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 №143 (Go!), p6/7[7]
75 №52, p190[34]
45 №5/94, p122[35]
90 №25, p88[36]
89 №22, p144[37]
90 №24, p61
Sega Game Gear
81
Based on
6 reviews

Game Gear, US
JamesPond2 GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngJamesPond2 GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
James Pond 2 GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
JamesPondII gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
JamesPond2 GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngJamesPond2 GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
James Pond 2 GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU (Kixx)
JamesPond2 GG EU Box Back Kixx.jpgNospine.pngJamesPond2 GG EU Box Front Kixx.jpg
Cover
James Pond 2 GG EU cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f4abedba
MD5 bb689dd3822853a5417cdec4a3da114b
SHA-1 e00c9ab1f22aeed3031ed9dd985539aa6e31a7a4
512kB 1991-12 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 98794702
MD5 3f371946ef10d5b1b3518b73494d0800
SHA-1 fa7d4e77fd98eb1fc9f8e1d66269bf86881c695d
512kB 1993-06 Cartridge (JP)

References