James Pond heads to the North Pole to rescue Santa and his elves from the clutches of the evil Doctor Maybe.




In his second adventure James Pond must retrieve the toys Dr Maybe has stolen. Pond has been armed with an Inspector Gadget-style stretch device, which he can use to view higher areas or claw onto ceilings so as to slide across them. The gameplay takes place across worlds themed around particular types of toys, such as sporting goods, candy and aircraft. The levels scroll sideways, although a small amount of vertical movement is included. On each level Pond must collect 2 penguins and reach the exit, although there are usually multiple exits and lots of secret areas to explore. After completing each pair of two worlds (each of which has three sub levels), a boss must be faced. Written by Shawn Watson

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north pole | candy | bathtub | car | train | See All (12) »


He's mean, he's green, he's part machine.


Adventure | Fantasy


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1992 (USA)  »

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Though he appears holding a gun on the cover art, posters, and title screen James Pond does not fire or hold any weapons in this game. See more »


Followed by James Pond 3: Operation Starfish (1993) See more »

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Frustratingly difficult
12 June 2005 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This game took me well over a month to complete, and there was a lot of swearing involved! I got a Gameboy Advance for my birthday, and I got a lend of this, as well as Final Fight. I played this nearly every day, picking it up, trying to get through a level, and then getting well and truly hacked off, and giving up. The game that is harder than this is Theme Hospital, which I have been playing since I first got a computer in the mid 90s, and STILL can't complete. I was just about giving up on this game, and when I went on holiday with someone who's an absolute genius with games :) I managed to get him to complete one bad guy level for me, and the finale.

Most of the levels I found reasonably easy, but it was always getting near to the end, just before I collected a password (some of which I had to put in so many times, I virtually memorised them!) that got me. It was always those that I failed miserably at, and the more I played them, the clumsier I got, and the more I failed.

The finale completely floored me though. It got me in such a bad mood, that I needed to go away and do something completely different just to get my mind off it. I frowned so much I'm probably going to need to a good session of Botox! The game got under my skin that much, that I was swearing, and at one point, crying with frustration that I couldn't get through it with the "patience" that was required. The computer genius eventually completed it for me on the plane home, but even he found it difficult, despite having completed it when I went to the toilet to kick something. I was extremely disappointed to find there was no high score bit at the end - I'd been keeping an eye on my score right the way through as well! I'd highly doubt I'd play this game again, despite enjoying it, it took it out of me that much. I didn't find it Xmassy at all like the previous reviewer mentioned. If James Pond ever gets mentioned to me again, expect to see me quaking with fear, and a nervous wreck at the thought of it.

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