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|System(s): Windows PC, Sega Dreamcast, Palm OS|
|Developer: Tremor Entertainment, Sega Codefire|
|Number of players: 1-4|
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It was originally released for Windows-based PCs (both as a standalone Windows program as well as a web version running through Macromedia/Adobe Shockwave) but saw the most success as an updated Sega Dreamcast title. It was also brought to Palm OS. Sega Swirl is essentially a glorified version of SameGame (pronounced Sah-meh-gah-meh), a tile-removal game that has been mimicked numerous times. It is the creation of Scott Hawkins.
The game is an oddball in the Dreamcast's library as it was not released commercially. Instead, it was bundled with copies of the Official Dreamcast Magazine in the UK and US, with the Web Browser 2.0 software, with Sega Smash Pack Volume 1, and for a period, with new Dreamcast consoles (as part of the Web Browser 2.0 software included with them). The Dreamcast version has a real-time splitscreen versus mode (in which, if any player clears all swirls of one color in his screen, the color gets removed for everyone else), however both the Dreamcast and PC versions allow two players to compete via email. As a result, it is possible for PC players to play against Dreamcast users.
The PC version uses more simplified graphics, lacks Swirly the Snake (outside of a wallpaper included with the game in certain versions), different sounds, no music and also takes control of the mouse in certain situations such as the attract mode, the versus mode with computer controlled opponents, and during Swirl Email/email challenges when the other player moves are shown.
Sega Swirl was later followed by the PC-only, GameTap exclusive Sega Swirl 2.
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- Main article: Sega Swirl/Magazine articles.
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Palm OS version
The Dreamcast version of Sega Swirl allows to save high scores on the VMU.
|Name||File Name||Comment||File Size||Icon|
|SWIRL_HS.SYS||swirl hi-scores||4 blocks|
ROM dump status
- http://sega.com:80/games/dreamcast/post_dreamcastgame.jhtml?PRODID=205 (Wayback Machine: 2003-10-16 05:51)
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 2000" (US; 2000-03-07), page 158