Sigh. If only Carl Jung were alive to play this game! The latest--and undoubtedly strangest--in a line of virtual-pet games, Seaman will have you mothering (or fathering) the most surreal creature yet to grace the Dreamcast: a fish, known as Seaman, with a human face. Drop some Seaman eggs into your virtual aquarium and watch them hatch into larvae, then baby Seamen (no giggling please), and eventually into adults. In order to raise happy, fulfilled Seamen, you'll need to do more than just feed them and regulate their water temperature and oxygen levels--like most pets, they need your regular attention. You interact with the little guys as a disembodied hand that can tap on the glass of their aquarium, tickle them (they love that), and drop things into their tank. Seaman also comes with a microphone; you can talk to your critters.
Voice-recognition software built into the game will enable your tiny mermen to learn your voice and, in time, hold conversations with you. In fact, these Seamen are notoriously moody and may even make fun of you at times. If you neglect them, they will definitely let you know!
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Press X + R and press Left or Right when over a rock to move it.
Place the game disc in an audio CD player and play track two to hear a hidden message.
When you play the game, you will see a shell at the bottom of the tank. Keep tapping the shell until it starts to eat your newborn Seaman. After they are eaten, tap the shell more until the squid completely comes out. It will squirm, and eventually after tapping it enough, it will die and the baby Seaman will appear and will be in the next stage, Gillman. Hold A while talking into the microphone to speak to your Seaman.
You do not have to tap the glass for a long time. All you have
to do is tap the glass where the Nautilus is located. Let it eat
all your "Mushroomers", then stop tapping. It will die
soon after that and you now will have "Gillmen."
After completing a session, press X + Y + A + B + Start to reset the Dreamcast instead of turning the system off as prompted. Set the Dreamcast's system date twelve hours ahead (and change the date if required). Note: The tank will also not be maintained for that amount of time.
Turn on Dreamcast with no game disc and click on settings. Go
to time and date and advance the date ahead by one day.
When setting the system time ahead to speed up evolution, be careful
if going forward two days or more. It is possible that your Seaman
might be dead or in serious condition. Also, you cannot go backwards
in time because the game marks it in the VMU.
Complete the raising process until your Seaman is in the wild. When he is in the forest, press R to tap the glass and make a maraca sound. After doing this continuously you will hear drums -- this is when your seaman will start dancing. It also shows the credits and he will make remarks after you do this awhile.
Talking To your Seaman:
These are most of the words you can teach your Seaman. It is good to talk to your Seaman frequently. You need to teach them how to talk. Try to talk as clear as possible. Hold the A and talk into the microphone. The Gillman stage is the stage when it will first start to talk. Use these words when talking to Seaman: Hi, Hello, Hey, No, Yes, Seaman, Fish, Fun, Play, (and more). Experiment, but do not call it bad name or it will become unhappy. Also, remember to feed it once every day or when it is hungry.
Building a food supply:
If you happen to run low on food (Moths and Caterpillars), feed your Seaman a spider. They will get sick and will not require food for a couple of days. In this time you can allow a moth to lay eggs, then put it back in storage. Wait for eggs to hatch, place the two grubs in storage, make moth lay more eggs and repeat. Do this for a few days to build up your food supply.
Note: This trick requires two VMUs. Start and save a new game using a second VMU. Connect this VMU to a VMU that has an ongoing game. Transfer the food from the new game to the ongoing game. Repeat this as needed for unlimited food.
Give Seaman a new name:
After naming your Seaman the first time, repeatedly ask "Do you love me?". Eventually, you will be able to change the Seaman's name.
Tell your Seaman to "Eat sh*t". He will respond with "Ask and you shall receive" and promptly defecate on the glass window.
Keep using the words "English" and "America"
when talking to your baby Seaman. He may respond with "Why
do Americans always think that everyone speaks English? Sheesh!".
More often, he will respond with "What for?" or "What's
the point?". Respond with "That's what we speak in
America" to get the first response.
Hint: Make the spider disappear:
After placing the spider in the aquarium, do the following if you want to lower the risk of Seaman eating it and getting sick. Place the spider in the tank, then press Start and chose "End" on the menu. Whenever you are at the screen where it tells you to turn the power off, press Start to return to the game. When you return, the spider will be gone and Seaman should not have eaten it.