The Aquatic Games is a James Pond game that borrows the format of Konami’s Track and Field series. Rather than an action/platformer game, like the rest of the James Pond series, the player takes part in a series of athletic events with an aquatic theme. Players tested their endurance in 100m Splash, the Hop, Skip and Jump, Shell Shooting and many other slightly changed Olympic events.
The game was originally released on the Amiga before being ported to the Genesis and Super Nintendo. The SNES version was called The Super Aquatic Games Starring the Aquabats in the US and James Pond’s Crazy Sports in Europe. Most versions of the game append “Starring the Aquabats” to the title, referring to James Pond’s in-game companions (not the real-life band, who are unaffiliated with the game).
When the Genesis version was released Electronic Gaming Monthly issued the following scores, 4,6,5,6 and offered a mixed review, stating that the game would be a good title for younger players, while also saying that the game was “too difficult”, “frustrating” and not, “…very fun for most players.”