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Seaman

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We gave it an A-

First there was Tamagotchi, then Furby, then Interactive Yoda, but are you ready for a surly interactive fish? While Seaman is the most sophisticated virtual pet you’ve ever hatched, he’s also the weirdest. Part Peter Lorre, part George Costanza, part Don Knotts, Seaman sucks you in á la Survivor, except here you’re a voyeur with a difference, since you make Seaman evolve via a microphone that plugs into your control pad. Unfortunately, he isn’t thrilled about you, often reacting with such deadpan comments as ”Aren’t you a little too old to be playing videogames?” The calming voice of a Spock-like Leonard Nimoy helps you advance when the abuse gets too heavy, and Seaman’s wry banter makes this a kind of movie within a game — say, My Dinner With Seaman. Still, you’re essential to his evolution, so you have to suck it in and take comments like ”Don’t you humans ever shut up?” Not when you’re this cool, buddy. A-