James Pond: Underwater Agent

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

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$49.95[1][2] 705301
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99[3][4] E174SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
DM 100 E174SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas E174SMXI
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?

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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).


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

Magazine articles

Main article: James Pond: Underwater Agent/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
58 [5]
72 [6]
80 [7]
75 [8]
79 №5, p92
82 №1, p65
77 [9]
79 [10]
87 [11]
71 №5/91, p136
86 [3]
83 [12]
60 [13]
73 [14]
70 №18, p66
85 [15]
90 [16]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
17 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, BR
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Mega Drive, FR

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)


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)