Thursday 11 April 2024

James Pond II: Codename RoboCod (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Millennium Interactive
Publisher: U.S. Gold
Released: 1993

James Pond II: Codename RoboCod is a platformer that was also released on the Sega Game Gear (1993) and Sega Genesis (1991).

+ Seriously impressive port that's missing very little from Sega's 16-bit version in terms of look, feel and content.

+ Level design is innovative and the stages are jam-packed with ideas that neatly come together to create a cohesive whole.

+ Gameplay varies thing up by giving you fun vehicles to ride, and including auto-scrolling levels / tons of verticality.

+ Replayability is high, as there's an enormous amount of bonus items and secret areas to locate if you're willing to explore.

+ Ability to stretch your character's arms to reach higher ledges is inspired and serves to deepen the gameplay.

- Controls are over-sensitive which makes for some tricky platforming, and the SFX are rather weak throughout.

- Bosses offer little resistance and their simple attack patterns can easily be exploited within seconds of battle commencing.

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