June 6, 1996, A mysterious explosion destroys the Chernolton research facility near Moscow. Lucifer Alpha, a powerful biological weapon under secret development there is released into the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Yûsaku Yara ...
Gillian Seed (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Kikuko Inoue ...
Jamie Seed (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Randam Hajile (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Mika Slayton (voice)
Isao Inoguchi ...
Jean-Jack Gibson (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi ...
Harry Benson (voice)
Gorô Naya ...
Benson Cunningham (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucy Childs ...
Metal Gear / Female Employee (voice)
Lynn Foosaner ...
Katrina Gibson / Lisa / Telephone Operator (voice)
Kimberly Harne ...
Mika Slayton (voice)
Jeff Lupetin ...
Gillian Seed / Snatcher (voice)
Susan Mele ...
Jamie Seed / Fortune Teller (voice)
Jim Parks ...
Randam Hajile / Napoleon / Jean Jack Gibson / Ivan Rodriguez (voice)
Ray Van Steen ...
Benson Cunningham / Harry Benson / Elijah Madnar / Chin Su Oh / Narrator / Ramen Guy (voice)


June 6, 1996, A mysterious explosion destroys the Chernolton research facility near Moscow. Lucifer Alpha, a powerful biological weapon under secret development there is released into the atmosphere, creating a deadly biohazard. Carried by the trade winds, Lucifer Alpha spreads through out Eastern Europe and Eurasia, destroying 80% of the populace. Half of the world's people die. The greatest biohazard in history later simply becomes known as "The Catastrophe". But at this time who could have possibly imagined that the ultimate biohazard wouldn't occur for another half century. 50 years later mankind faces its greatest crisis, the appearance of a mysterious android life form. It's purpose and origin are unknown. Is it a new kind of weapon? Or perhaps an invasion from some other world. They appear during winter killing humans, and infiltrating society by taking the place of their victims. Employing an artificial skin, they can sweat and even bleed. Part organic, part machine, they're ... Written by Napoleon

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15 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Snatcher  »

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ID files for Hideo Kojima and other members of the game's development staff can be found by typing their names into Gaudy (JORDAN in the English version), the computer that's located in Junker HQ. Some of the profiles and staff members may vary between versions. See more »


Gillian Seed: [yielding his new blaster] It's unbelievably light.
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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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December 2047,Neo Kobe City,a city of madness and decadence...
31 January 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Mankind is facing its gravest Crisis.A mysterious bio-roid life form has appeared.Its true nature and purpose are unknown.Is it some country's secret weapon,or an alien from another world? they appear in winter,killing people and taking there place in society.They wear artificial skin and can sweat and even bleed.They are both man and machine.They are called "Snatchers" because they snatch there victims before they take there place.

A new Police force issued by the Japanese government has been formed to fight the Snatcher's.They are called JUNKER's...

Snatcher was originally released in 1988 by Konami for a Japanese NEC 8 bit computer.Later on it was ported to many different systems in Japan, including the Sega Saturn,Turbo duo,Playstation and the Sega CD (the only version which was ever dubbed in english and had a domestic release)

The game is a Digital Comic in which you must click on commands ("Search","Talk","Move",etc..)to control your actions.You take the roll of Gillian Seed,a Rookie who starts his first day at the Junker agency who gets accompanied,through out his mission with an artificially intelligent robot (Navigator) called Metal Gear,which is used to analyze many things along the way.The look of Snatcher's world was heavily inspired from the movie 'Blade Runner',the main character,Gillian Seed even has a striking resemblance to Harrison Ford (Trench coat included).

The Story is the highlight of the game,its dramatic,has an amazing sense of detail and is full of surprise twists,it has been getting nothing but praise from hardcore gamers and Reviewers ever since its release in 1988. and the voice acting and sound (Sega CD) is still to be considered as some of the best in a video game.

If there is any down falls to the game,the only one i can think of is that's its a little on the short side and due to the style of the game, there is a lot less surprise in the story the third and forth time you play it.But to combat this there's so much detail in the story that there's always new little things (If you search hard enough) that can be found that adds to it.

The Sega CD version is considered to be a cult classic and one of the most sought after video games in existence,due to the fact that its the only version in english and its limited production run.Although the original game was released in 1988 many people still send petitions to Konami,trying to get this game released to the American Playstation or Playstation 2.

If you can snag a version of the Sega CD Snatcher in a pawn shop or on E-bay or if your lucky enough to know how to read Japanese try picking it up.Snatcher is a little gem that shouldn't be missed.

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