It's nice to see a company that has thought of a different way to produce a sequel to a game instead of adding the usual IIIs after the name of the old game. Millenium have done a bit of lateral thinking and produced Aquatic Gmes, the sequel to the classic James pond.
Old James is a bit knackered after doing this spy lark, so he decides to go get a bit of relaxation in. But there will be none of this namby-
For some reason you don't play James in all of these events. It isn't stressed who you are but it's not really that important - all I know is that all of the competitors are supposed to be friends of James.
The first event is just a sprint, which entails the usual obscene waggling of the joystick, but you are not running on a track - that's much too easy.
For the most part of the race you are running on water so if you slow down you will sink. You are racing against a frog who is pretty speedy.
Event two - Feeding time. You play a tubby character standing on a bridge, and you have to fill up your bucket and feed the fish that poke their head out of the water.
Next up is the Grass Race. A friend of old Jimmy's is a uni-cycling shark - everybody should have a uni-cycling shark for a friend, but alas we don't.
You have to pedal his unicycle along the course and jump over all the different obstacles that stand in your way. The course runs from left to right, like the sprint but it has lots of hills and things that you've got to pedal up.
I found the control method on this a bit tricky. It's like trying to rub your stomach while patting your head. You have to pull the joystick round in a clockwise fashion - that's fine until you have to jump over an obstacle, when it's a bit tricky to keep the momentum going.
Reading the list of the various events will make you think that they're pretty weird - you'd be right. After the Grass Race you have Kipper Watching which is almost as bizarre as it sounds. You are in charge of six seals who are having a kip (a nap to our southern friends).
The rowdy beach people keep throwing beach balls at your comatose friends so to stop them waking you have to jump up and deflect the balls away with your head in true seal stye.
Along with the 100-metre splash there are a couple of adaptations to normal events like Leapfrog which is just a version of the 110-metre hurdle. There is also a trampoline (sea sponge) section of the games, the first I have ever seen. You have to go through all the set pieces like a proper trampolinist. Once you have done the set moves in the time given any extra somersaults you do give you extra points.
By far the trickiest game in the tournament is the shell shooting section. Odd looking crabs come at you from either side of the screen, and you score points by flipping and catching them, flipping them into vats of hot oil of shopping them to burst the overhead balloons. I always seem to get electrocuted by the electric eel-
I liked the Aquatic Games a lot - graphically they're sound and the FX are quite amusing in places. It's a nice change from run-of-
I also thought that the practice options were a hell of a lot better than normal. Instead of the usual one practice mode there are three on different levels, so fi you're a real slowly like me you can go on the thicky level first. Well thought out and good fun.