If recent tweets are to be believed, it would seem that the Dreamcast’s quirky pet evolution simulator, Seaman, could be making a return.
Seaman was originally released for the Dreamcast in 2000. The game saw players using, among other things, voice recognition to help their Seaman grow from egg all the way up to freaky frogman. Sound like a run of the mill pet sim? Well, don’t let the description fool you. You see, the creatures had one horrifying attribute: a humanoid head.
As you nurtured your half-man-half-fish/frog creature players were able to communicate with it using voice recognition. Not only would the creature respond to you, but it would do so using one of the most famous voices in geekdom. Yes, Spock (Leonard Nimoy) did voice overs for a humanoid, and quite sarcastic, fish/frog creature. The game quickly earned a cult following.
Seemingly, a new project is being started. Guess what from the web-address on their back. pic.twitter.com/h9eiUjGosL
— 斎藤由多加 (@YootSaito) May 25, 2017
Yoot Saito, the game’s original creator, tweeted an image of his team wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘Don’t Panic’ and an image of the creature’s frog form. Along with this image, Saito also tweeted another showing the audio CD recording of the Seaman’s voiceovers, which as mentioned were provided by Leonard Nimoy.
— 斎藤由多加 (@YootSaito) May 22, 2017
It’s not clear if these could hint to a remastered version of the original game or a brand new one. All we know is that the creature that haunted our nightmares as a kid might be making a return.