STORY / GAMEPLAY
James, this little fish character, was quite popular back in the 90s and was even featured in some comic books! The game was successful enough to spawn two more sequels and one spin-off. In James Pond: Underwater Agent you play the role of a secret oceanic agent, an intelligent, mutated anthropomorphic fish, hired by the British Secret Service to protect the seas and take out the bad guys of the underwater areas. You mainly have to set some innocent aquatic creatures free, solve puzzles, defeat enemies and find items to perform specific tasks such as keys to open the cages or sponges to bung up the holes on leaking oil tankers. James can also fire bubbles towards his enemies to trap them and finally pop them to kill. There are 12 different missions, each named after some James Bond movies! Each mission information is displayed right before you begin your quest. James Pond has a lot going for it with its colorful presentation and its great sense of humor!
GRAPHICS / SOUND
The ST version is technically nice, with colorful graphics, quite close to the original (Amiga) and better than the Archimedes version(!) The sprites' animation is quite smooth while the action is fast. I also liked the ST sound on this one that includes some nice sound effects and in-game tunes while there is also a catchy introductory theme taken from the original.
GAMEPLAY SAMPLE VIDEO
On our video below you may watch the Atari ST, Amiga OCS and Sega Mega Drive versions of the game.
The Atari ST version is at 00:21.