Jun 09

We hope the following news isn’t a red herring – radically retro videogame character James Pond is making a comeback on the App Store later this month.

James Pond in the Deathly Shallows has nothing to do with a particular wizard but instead sees the titular fish ridding the ocean of pollution while avoiding an array of menacing marine life. James, who is armed with a bubble gun, is also able to don an airtank (watertank?) and leap onto dry land.

Developers Gameware promise an innovative control method devised specifically for iOS devices.

James Pond II: Robocod is often referred to as the highlight of James’ career, but this appears to be more like the first romp which featured maze-like level design.

Bizarrely, the fact that there was a third James Pond game – subtitled Operation Starfi5h – is often ignored. Probably because it wasn’t very good.



Published Thursday 9th June 2011 by Games Asylum


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  • Jake

    Ooh! Sounds interesting. Will probably disappoint, but if it’s 59p then it’ll have to be worth a punt.

  • James Pond

    @Jake – ‘Will probably disappoint’…I suspect from that comment that you are the kind of person for whom Call Of Duty 7 for £0.59 will be a bitter disappointment…

  • Jake

    Sorry if you think I’m being overly negative, but I find it hard to be confident that a new James Pond game will be as good as my memories of the series, especially on a touch screen device. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best!

    My point about price was that, being an iOS release, I’m more than happy to spend the presumably tiny asking price to find out.

  • Matt

    To be honest, Mr. Pond, I think Jake is more dissapointed that there’s a Call of Duty 7 than anything.

  • Rich

    I always assumed Operation Starfi5h was the fifth game.

  • Matt

    There was Aquatic Sports, but I can’t think of a fourth game that would make Operation Starfi5h the fifth.

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