Set in the mid-21st century, Gillian Seed and his trusty robot sidekick Metal Gear investigate the mysterious infiltration of deadly snatchers into the general population of Neo Kobe City.


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


Snatcher is an action-adventure game made by Konami. Hero Gillian Seed is working for a police organization named JUNKERS (Japanese Undercover Neuro-Cinetic Elimination Rangers). He is investigating the Snatcher-cases. Snatchers are Terminator-like robots, who eliminate people and take their places afterwards. Snatcher was the second game written and directed by Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid). The game is mainly played from the first-person-perspective. The player has the following commands to use: "Look", "Investigate", "Talk", "Ask", and "Move" (there are additional options appearing, too, though), furthermore you have to purchase key items or gain important information from other people. Written by roach-k

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26 November 1988 (Japan) See more »

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Konami, Team Metal Slave See more »
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A location in the game is called Joy Division. This is a reference to the British band Joy Division, which is one of Hideo Kojima's favourite bands. In later versions of the game, the location was renamed to Plato's Cavern. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original PC8801 and MSX2 versions ended the game at Act II. Act III wasn't added until the PC Engine update in 1992 Snatcher CD-ROMantic. In a magazine interview, Hideo Kojima commented that he always felt that the original 8-bit versions were "incomplete" to him and never properly finished, due to a deadline from Konami to get the game out on time. Kojima has always planned on having Act III in the original version, but he wasn't able to fully implement it until the PC Engine version. See more »


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An amazing game by the genius behind Metal Gear! *Sega CD*
1 September 2007 | by disintegration_88See all my reviews

Hideo Kojima is a man best known for the Metal Gear series which spans more than 20 years since the original MSX game. It is by far the best game series of all time. And then, I played Snatcher, which impressed me equally as much. Note also that the Sega CD version is the only English version of Snatcher (I think there are fan translations for the original though).

If you have seen "Blade Runner", it is basically a rip-off. But also a very good one that takes elements from other movies such as "Terminator". You play as Gillian Seed in an organization that hunts down "Snatchers", a robotic life form that takes over the victims body. I won't tell you anymore than this, otherwise it might spoil the game for you.

Gameplay is almost entirely done through choosing actions through menu's (with the exception of a few shooting scenes). It is similar to a point and click adventure, just without all the pointing :P Sound and music is one of the awesome things about it. Long before Metal Gear Solid came to show how voice acting is meant to be done, we had Snatcher! Fantastic voice acting that I believe could even surpass Metal Gear Solid! Music is chilling and atmospheric. High quality too, due to the Sega CD technology.

In conclusion, if you are a fan of Metal Gear Solid and it's story features, you will truly appreciate this game. It is hard to find and valuable for Sega CD. But that's why we have emulation, figure it out yourself... As said earlier, this has a lot of things copied from Blade Runner, which is also a great movie, so see that as well.

If you are trying to find a good cult game that doesn't suck up to the masses (coughhalocough) then get yourself to play Snatcher. It's one of the greatest games you'll ever play.

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