North American SNES box art
|Developer(s)|| Sculptured Software (SNES)|
Unexpected Developement (GB)
|Genre(s)||Strategy, scrolling shooter|
seaQuest DSV is a video game released for the Sega Genesis and SNES. The game is based on the TV show of the same name and was originally released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1994. The SNES game was nearly identical to the Sega game, but had improved graphics, controls, a different menu setup, as well as slight changes to the over world stages and some of the side scrolling missions. There is a Nintendo Game Boy game with the same name but this is a completely different game, but also based on the TV show.
The overworld ("Ocean Quadrants" in the game) is presented in an Isometric view. In the overworld you can attack enemy subs, replenish supplies, receive missions from UEO Command, and move the ship to the location of the missions. The missions are presented in a Side scrolling shooter style where you can pick from 4 vehicles, a remote probe and a trained Bottlenose Dolphin with an Aqua-lung.
THQ (who owns Black Pearl and Malibu Games) worked directly with the computer graphics team at Amblin Entertainment to make the seaQuest DSV games accurate and realistic to the designs seen in the series. Several of the original unused concept designs for the seaQuest, and concepts for the renegade pirate submarine Delta IV that was featured in the series pilot movie, were used in the game as enemy capital ships.
Marketing for the games included a large print campaign in comics and gaming magazines like Electronic Gaming Monthly, EGM2, Nintendo Power and Game Players as well as several Sci Fi and Fantasy magazines, such as Starlog and Omni.
Nintendo Power reviewed seaQuest DSV for the SNES and gave the game a 3.2/5 rating in their February 1995 issue. This issue also held a contest, the winner got to be an extra on an episode of seaQuest DSV. It was later featured in the "Classified Information" section of issue 75 and 82 of Nintendo Power. Other reviews include Game Players giving the SNES version 88 out of 100 and GamePro 4/5 in their January 1995 issues, the Sega version got an 82 out of 100 in the February '95 issue of Game Players. The worst rating it got was from Video Games & Computer Entertainment, which gave the SNES version 6 out of 10 in their January 1995 issue.