The Ocean Hunter
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|The Ocean Hunter|
|System(s): Sega Model 3 Step 2.1|
|Developer: Sega AM1|
|Distributor: Deith Leisure (UK)|
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The Ocean Hunter (オーシャンハンター), also known as The Ocean Hunter: The Seven Seas Adventure, is a light gun/rail-shooter arcade game developed by Sega AM1. It was released in Japan in September 1998, and saw a worldwide release the next month.
The Seven Seas spread throughout the world. It is said that there is a monster for each of these seven seas. Ships are being attacked one after another. Sharks gather around monsters seeking human flesh. The ocean is not only a place of blessing but a place of terror. Defeat the violent gigantic monsters of the seven seas. An enormous bounty has been set for their heads. Brave youth go out to face the monsters.
Set in an alternate steampunk world, a new civilization is flourishing in the seas. However, the sudden appearance of the Seven Great Monsters, accompanied by a number of lesser sea monsters and ordinary marine predators, have ravaged much of this newly-flourished civilization and, in addition, attacked the native marine life with increasing frequency. Frightened for their lives, humanity issues bounties on the monsters' heads as well secondary bounties on the minor sea monsters.
The game follows two young underwater adventurers, Torel (Player 1) and Chris (player 2), as they head out to defeat the Seven Great Monsters of the Seven Seas.
The Ocean Hunter is played by using two mounted turret-like Shock Guns on the arcade cabinet, which vibrate when "shot" to provide a feeling of realism. The game is capable of being played with either one or two people simultaneously. During the game, the players use the Shock Guns to aim at and shoot enemies while automatically traveling through the level on underwater scooters.
The game is divided into seven stages. Each stage has its own enemies, sub boss(es) and a Great Monster boss to defeat at the end, all of which are usually based off of real-life marine animals. During the boss fights, there will be specific weak point(s) highlighted for the player to target. Firing upon these points three times defeats the boss and allows the player to advance to the next level.
The player has a life meter consisting of 3 Life Points which decreases by either taking damage from enemies or by firing at friendly NPC divers, regardless of situation. Health can only be restored by obtaining health units from rescuing other divers.
There are treasure chests throughout each stage that award bonus points if fired at.
|On the in-game map, this is in the East Pacific Ocean. Kraken is said to dwell within a sunken ship somewhere on the floor of this shallow, colorful reef.
|On the in-game map, this is the Indian Ocean, specifically the Arabian Sea. Rumors say that Leviathan can be found at the underwater ruins of an ancient city.
|On the in-game map, this is the North Atlantic Ocean, somewhere within the area around Bermuda. Charybdis could be encountered within the caves located in the deepest part of this ocean.
|Texcoco Great Lake|
|On the in-game map, this is a fictional lake within the Amazon River basin. Ahuizotl could be found anywhere within this lake.
|On the in-game map, this is the Arctic Ocean, and home to the fifth Great Monster, Karkinos. The whale population of this ocean has been steadily decreasing since Karkinos' appearance.
|On the in-game map, this is the South Atlantic Ocean. Most of the creatures encountered here are of prehistoric species thought to be long extinct.
|Panthalassa, the Sea of Evil|
|On the in-game map, this is in the Mediterranean Sea. Panthalassa is the last of the Seven Seas, and contains many sea monsters as well as the ruins of Poseidon's temple. A thunderstorm rages in this dark, deep, bleak level.
After Rahab is defeated, the monster reveals himself to be the deity who had taken care of the sea and its denizens for countless millennia. At some point in time, Rahab fell into a slumber that lasted for many centuries until he was awakened by the predations of humanity upon the sea. Angered by humanity's pride and disregard for ocean life, Rahab created the other Great Monsters of the Seven Seas (except for Midgardsorm) and deliberately caused natural marine disasters in an effort to humble humanity. After his story, Rahab admits defeat but speaks his final words - "All shall return to Chaos."
The game ends with a slideshow of game sketches as the end credits roll.
- Director & Planner: Shinichiro Okumoto
- Assistant Director: Tomoyuki Nishimura, Tsuyoshi Yamasaki
- Programmer: Kazunari Tsukamoto, Takashi Namba, Atsushi Ueno, Yoshiharu Suzuki, Yukio Tsuji, Tetsuro Maruta
- Graphic Designer: Hiroyuki Taguchi, Hideyuki Katoh, Kazuhiro Takimoto, Toshihiro Andoh, Kazuya Kitazato, Yuuki Suzuki, Daisuke Tabayashi
- Music composer & Sound effect: Masanori Takeuchi
- Mechanism Designer: Seiji Ishii, Toshiya Yamaguchi, Takashi Nakajima
- Electronic Designer: Tomoyuki Gotoh, Nobuto Kashiwagi
- Cabinet Designer: Tetsuo Okabe, Keisuke Tsukahara
- Special Thanks: Masao Yoshimoto, Kaori Fukano, Dean Harrington, Hitoshi Furukubo, Akiyoshi Shinpo, Mika Araki
- Producer: Rikiya Nakagawa
- Main article: The Ocean Hunter/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
|Model 3, US|
|Model 3, EU|
|Model 3, JP|