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Seaman (labeled Caution: Seaman on the box art) is a video game made for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999 and re-relased for the PS2 in Japan in 2001.

Plot and Gameplay

The game is a virtual pet game where the player has to take care of a new species which has been named "the Seaman." The player has to figure everything out by themselves, with some guidance from a narrator (voiced by Leonard Nimoy).

This game is one of the few Dreamcast games to take use of the microphone add-on, which is necessary for talking to the Seamen.

Why it Sucks

Note: This will only focus on the Dreamcast game.

  1. Confusing controls.
  2. Off-putting graphics, with the Seamen looking fish with human-like faces
  3. Dull gameplay, with nothing happening other than needing to feed the Seamen or talk to them. The game works by having Seamen talk to you when they feel like it, which can take hours.
  4. If you play the game frequently, the narrator actually mocks you for "having nothing better to do."
  5. The Seamen themselves mock you too, if they get bored. The mocking can range from insults to flinging their fecal matter at you.
  6. The game requires constant patience, which can't even be avoided by cheating because the game is programmed to know when you try changing the time of the Dreamcast's internal clock.
  7. The Seamen can freely mate in the game and even announce it.
  8. The spray in the insect cage only goes by its own pace.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Leonard Nimoy voices the narrator in the English version of this game.
  2. Seaman's lines and quips can be funny at times.

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