Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy lends his voice to the domesticated but snarky enigmatic freshwater species “Seaman,” a carp-like fish with a human face. As the player, you must interact with the smart-aleck character throughout its metamorphosis. It is amazing that the virtual pet is so insulting and rude, given that it directly depends on you to survive.
Using the controller, you’ll control Seaman’s habitat within the laboratory by altering the temperature settings, cleaning the tank, operating the sprinkler system and other forms of care. You can even tickle your Seaman to make him giggle!
The real charm, and what makes the game so eerily creepy, is that you must communicate via voice directly with the Seaman by speaking into the Dreamcast’s official microphone. Through this interaction, you’ll soon discover that not only are you studying the Seaman, but that the Seaman is also studying the player. He’ll even psychoanalyze you, “Tell me, do you like yourself?”
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