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James Pond II: Codename RoboCod
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
U.S. Gold
Developer:
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Rob Hubbard
Genre: Action[1]






























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
(EA Classics)
€? EAX02401041I
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[3][4] 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[8][9] 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
PT
?PTE$ MS29013
Sega Master System
AU
$? FROB00SEC
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 028580



Sega Game Gear
US
T-79068
Sega Game Gear
EU
79068
Sega Game Gear
EU
(Kixx)
79068-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Game Gear
UK
£27.99 79068

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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: Marc Ericksen
  • 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

Robocod advert FI.jpg

FI advert (1992)

SegaVisions US 07.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:

SegaVisions US 15.pdfSegaVisions US 15.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in Sega Visions (US) #15: "October/November 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:

MegaForce FR 08.pdfMegaForce FR 08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Mega Force (FR) #8: "Juillet/Août 1992" (1992-07-07)
also published in:
  • Joypad (FR) #11: "Août/Septembre 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[17]

Gamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Gamers (DE) #1992-01: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

BeepMD JP 1993-05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-05: "May 1993" (1993-04-08)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
94 [18]
83 [19]
65 [20]
59 [21]
91 [22]
55 №235, p37
87 [23]
80 [24]
100 №36
92 №2, p22-24
50 №1993-07, p44
95 [25]
91 [26]
87 [27]
80 [28]
92 №1, p65
83 [29]
95 [30]
89 [31]
73 №2/92, p168
90 [32]
95 [33]
91 №15, p71
90 №18, p66
86 [34]
85 [7]
71 [35]
Sega Mega Drive
83
Based on
27 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, AU
James Pond 2 MD AU Box.jpg
Cover
RoboCod MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
James Pond 2 MD AU Manual.pdf
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 [36]
92 [37]
89 [38]
89 [39]
83 №47, p64/65
92 №23, p76/77
93 [40]
93 [41]
93 [42]
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
James Pond II Codename RoboCod SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
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 [43]
75 [44]
45 No results[45]
90 [46]
89 [47]
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)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 102D5FEA
MD5 73B92360C3EFDE9D265280F6E157FC33
SHA-1 DF4F55F7FF9236F65AEE737743E7500C4D96CF12
512kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 C2F7928B
MD5 607BD5D109FD322168603856258A37C0
SHA-1 E592BCE01E8148081DAA2EDD24FD106BD61095A6
512kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 9FB5C155
MD5 13F37A4434AEF5140752F1717A1CC936
SHA-1 6C4A9C1613BC436033B54914ACAF951C62593972
512kB Cartridge (US)

References

  1. File:JamesPond2 GG EU Box Back.jpg
  2. GamesMaster, "October 1996" (UK; 1996-08-29), page 11
  3. Computer & Video Games, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-15), page 46
  4. Sega Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-05), page 27
  5. Computer & Video Games, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-15), page 126
  6. Sega Power, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-10-30), page 11
  7. 7.0 7.1 Supergame, "Junho 1992" (BR; 1992-06-xx), page 21
  8. Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 63
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sega Master Force, "Autumn 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 21
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Sega Power, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-07-01), page 13
  11. Computer & Video Games, "October 1993 (Go! Issue 24)" (UK; 1993-09-15), page 6
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 167
  13. GamePro, "February 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 55
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 139
  15. Sega Visions, "December/January 1993/1994" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 76
  16. Sega Visions, "February/March 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 6
  17. Joypad, "Août/Septembre 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 26
  18. ACE, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-08), page 78
  19. Aktueller Software Markt, "März 1992" (DE; 1992-02-14), page 122 (120)
  20. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1993" (JP; 1993-06-08), page 18 (20)
  21. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  22. Computer & Video Games, "February 1992" (UK; 1992-01-15), page 46/47 (46)
  23. Game Mania, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 80
  24. GamePro, "January 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 61 (65)
  25. Hobby Consolas, "Abril 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 34-37 (34)
  26. Joystick, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 130
  27. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 78
  28. Mega, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-18), page 77
  29. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 46-48 (46)
  30. Mean Machines, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-28), page 56-58 (58)
  31. Player One, "Janvier 1992" (FR; 199x-xx-xx), page 52/53 (52)
  32. Sega Power, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-05), page 26/27 (26)
  33. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 28-30 (30)
  34. Sega Force, "January 1992" (UK; 1991-12-12), page 56/57 (56)
  35. Video Games, "1/92" (DE; 1992-02-03), page 29
  36. Consoles +, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 170
  37. Joypad, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 78
  38. Mega Force, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-11-10), page 149
  39. Player One, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 140
  40. Sega Force Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-16), page 62/63 (62)
  41. Sega Force, "7/93" (SE; 1993-11-04), page 23
  42. Sega Master Force, "Autumn 1993" (UK; 1993-09-16), page 18-21 (18)
  43. Computer & Video Games, "October 1993 (Go! Issue 24)" (UK; 1993-09-15), page 6/7 (6)
  44. GamePro, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 190 (194)
  45. GamePro, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 122 (124)
  46. Joypad, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-xx-xx), page 88
  47. Mega Force, "Novembre 1993" (FR; 1993-11-10), page 144


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James Pond games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
James Pond: Underwater Agent (1991) | James Pond II: Codename RoboCod (1991) | The Aquatic Games Starring James Pond and The Aquabats (1992) | James Pond 3: Operation Starfish (1993)
Sega Master System
James Pond II: Codename RoboCod (1993)
Sega Game Gear
James Pond II: Codename RoboCod (1993) | James Pond 3: Operation Starfish (1995)