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Seaman
Publisher: Vivarium (JP), Sega (US)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Dreamcast
Peripherals supported: Dreamcast VGA Box, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast Microphone
Genre: Simulation































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥6,800 T-39402M
Sega Dreamcast
JP (Special Package Ban)
¥7,800 T-39401M
Sega Dreamcast
US
$? 51048



Seaman, called Seaman: Kindan no Pet (シーマン 〜禁断のペット〜) in Japan, is a video game developed by Vivarium for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999. It debuted with the Dreamcast Microphone, which was bundled with the game. The game was not released in Europe (plans were once in place to release it there in 2001), though the Microphone accessory was (Planet Ring being the only game released in that region to be compatible with the peripheral). The game was later ported to the PlayStation 2 in 2001.

Japanese consumers also had an option to buy a "Special Package" bundle, which as well as including the game and microphone, also included a clear VMU (as the game requires one to function).

Gameplay

Seaman's face is that of Yoot Saito, the leading man behind Vivarium.

History

Legacy

For a while after its release, Seaman was the best-selling Dreamcast game in Japan, beating Sonic Adventure and SoulCalibur[1]. Famitsu sales charts compiled until early 2004 show it as the third highest-selling Dreamcast game of all-time in that region[2].

Sequels/updates Christmas Seaman and Seaman 2001 were released in Japan, and the game was also followed by a PlayStation 2 sequel, Seaman 2.

Magazine articles

Main article: Seaman/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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EGM US 132.pdfEGM US 132.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #132: "July 2000" (2000-06-06)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #143: "August 2000" (2000-xx-xx)[3]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #134: "September 2000" (2000-08-08)[4]
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Famitsu JP 0555.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Weekly Famitsu (JP) #555: "1999-08-06" (1999-07-23)
also published in:
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DCM JP 19990813 1999-25.pdfDCM JP 19990813 1999-25.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #34: "1999-25 (1999-08-13, 20)" (1999-07-30)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №16, p80/81[6]
73 №1999-24, p19Media:DCM_JP_19990806_1999-24.pdf[7]
84 №, p34[8]
60 №89, p103[9]
73 №555, p30
Sega Dreamcast
74
Based on
5 reviews

Dreamcast, US
Seaman DC US Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSeaman DC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Seaman dc us disc.jpg
Disc
Seaman DC US Box Back JewelCase.jpgSeaman DC US Box Front JewelCase.jpg
Jewel Case
SeamanDCUSInlay.jpg
Inlay
Dreamcast, JP
Seaman DC JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSeaman DC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dreamcast, JP (Special Package)
Seaman DC JP Box Back Special.jpgNospine-small.pngSeaman DC JP Box Front Special.jpg
Cover

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast

References

  1. File:EGM US 131.pdf, page 30
  2. http://www.japan-gamecharts.com:80/dc.php (archived 2008-08-21 06:06)
  3. File:GamePro US 143.pdf, page 40
  4. File:EGM US 134.pdf, page 136
  5. File:DCM_JP_19990806_1999-24.pdf, page 74
  6. File:DCUK 16.pdf, page 80
  7. File:DCM_JP_19990806_1999-24.pdf, page 19
  8. File:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf, page 34
  9. File:Edge UK 089.pdf, page 103