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James Pond to ride Kickstarter wave

James Pond to ride Kickstarter wave

The James Pond series saw a huge amount of success with its second entry, Robocod, which has been ported to many different systems.

James Pond is the latest classic gaming franchise to turn to Kickstarter for an attempted revival.

Launching next week on September 20, publisher Gameware and original series creator Chris Sorrell hope to bring new life back into the 90s platformer series and bring the character up to date.

In a short video introducing the Kickstarter, Sorrell says that he still gets people asking about James Pond even though 20 years have passed. Having never owned the rights to the brand, he has been unable to work any further with the character until Gameware asked him to help out with this project.

Details of the revival are sketchy at the moment, but Sorrell does mention that they will probably be ‘skipping the chocolate biscuits’ this time, a reference to the fact that Penguin biscuits feature heavily throughout James Pond 2: Robocod.

The James Pond series is the latest in a long line of attempted Kickstarter campaigns to attempt to bring back old franchises or spiritual successors. Some like the recent Might No.9 campaign have met with resounding success in a matter of hours whilst others like the Dizzy rebooting attempt are left floundering for funds.

James Pond debuted in 1990 and earned two sequels, James Pond 2: Robocod and James Pond 3: Operation Starfish. Sorrell points out in his video that Robocod has been ported to almost every platform imaginable and was by far the most successful entry of the series.

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blacko 13th September 2013, 15:37 Quote
James Pond and Shinobi on my Amiga 600 was my childhood.
bigc90210 13th September 2013, 15:40 Quote
This is beginning to get like hollywood....

Lets bring everything back.... because there is no such thing as original thought anymore :/

Seriously loved this game as a kid and played it to death, but really they should just let it lie as a classic of its day, where games didnt need decent storylines, characters who speak or fancy graphics to be fun.
CustomPCMAX 13th September 2013, 15:57 Quote
I don't mean to sound like a hater, but these games weren't every really that great. Doesn't seem like it needs a 'reboot' or 'revival'. Let it fade into gaming history.

On the other hand, I guess fans will speak with their wallet... what better way to find out if it deserves attention.
Flibblebot 13th September 2013, 16:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by bigc90210
Lets bring everything back.... because there is no such thing as original thought anymore :/
This is usually the fault of the publishers and other funders rather than the developers - most publishing houses (and Hollywood movie studios) seem to have become risk-averse over the last few years, so all we see is a repetition of a formula that might have been successful a few years ago...:(

Sadly, James Pond is after my time...;)
GuilleAcoustic 13th September 2013, 17:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigc90210
Lets bring everything back.... because there is no such thing as original thought anymore :/
This is usually the fault of the publishers and other funders rather than the developers - most publishing houses (and Hollywood movie studios) seem to have become risk-averse over the last few years, so all we see is a repetition of a formula that might have been successful a few years ago...:(

That's why I play indie games now :D
flame696 13th September 2013, 17:29 Quote
One of my favorite games on my Amiga 500 (actually still have it just got to remember where i put my Amiga!!)
SMIFFYDUDE 13th September 2013, 17:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by CustomPCMAX
I don't mean to sound like a hater, but these games weren't every really that great. Doesn't seem like it needs a 'reboot' or 'revival'. Let it fade into gaming history.

Exactly what I was thinking.
It was a generic platformer created to make use of a pun. Just because it was successful back then mean it was any better or different than the hundreds of similar platformers around at the time.
The_Crapman 13th September 2013, 18:14 Quote
I just remember flying round in a bathtub. Showercap and all. I was much more of a fan of 'Fire and Ice' though.
Panos 14th September 2013, 00:35 Quote
Shinobi, Turrican, Karnov...... Ahh good childhood years got wasted on slot arcade machines :D
Sloth 14th September 2013, 00:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic
That's why I play indie games now :D
Not even indie games are safe:

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AlienwareAndy 14th September 2013, 01:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by CustomPCMAX
I don't mean to sound like a hater, but these games weren't every really that great. Doesn't seem like it needs a 'reboot' or 'revival'. Let it fade into gaming history.

On the other hand, I guess fans will speak with their wallet... what better way to find out if it deserves attention.

It was no Magic Pockets but it did have charm. I mean yeah, none of the computer based platformers were even near a Mario game but it saved having to buy a console...
chrismarkham1982 14th September 2013, 11:01 Quote
Whats next, 'how to be a complete ba****d reboot'?
wafflesomd 14th September 2013, 14:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by GuilleAcoustic


That's why I play indie games now :D

That term doesn't really mean anything these days.
nakchak 14th September 2013, 19:11 Quote
Rose tinted glasses maybe, but had a lot of fun with James pond on the megadrive, and its not like you can easily get old consoles working with modern tv's so why not update and bring back the gameplay as that was what counted back then... Same reason y I will be getting the ducktails remake, now if only they remake jungle strike, rolo to the rescue, bubsy, cosmic spacehead and micro machines 2....

Plus I love the version of the Robocop theme tune in robocod :D
AlienwareAndy 14th September 2013, 19:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by chrismarkham1982
Whats next, 'how to be a complete ba****d reboot'?

Just don't scratch and sniff the back cover of the book, it doesn't work :(

You would not believe how many copies of that I saw in WHsmith with the back of the book scratched to all merry hell.

Why would you want to smell some one's arse? :D
Podge4 15th September 2013, 17:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Flibblebot
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigc90210
Lets bring everything back.... because there is no such thing as original thought anymore :/
This is usually the fault of the publishers and other funders rather than the developers - most publishing houses (and Hollywood movie studios) seem to have become risk-averse over the last few years, so all we see is a repetition of a formula that might have been successful a few years ago...:(

Sadly, James Pond is after my time...;)

The music business seems to be the same
phuzz 16th September 2013, 13:34 Quote
There's still plenty of new games/music etc being made out there, you just might have to look a bit further than the mainstream. That's always been true though (and people have always been complaining about the 'death' of creativity for just as long).
If you want to play James Pond, you might as well look on one of the many abandonware websites. I won't post a link here, but google will find it.
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