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22 brilliant Dreamcast games doomed to die

Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness

As with Rayman, Maze Madness is a multiplatform release that performed best on Sega’s ailing console. Gameplay was simple as can be (run around Pac-Man mazes eating pellets and avoiding ghosts), but there was enough map diversity and charming music to make this feel like more than “Required Pac-Man Release #48.”

As “serious” gamers it’s easy to ignore releases like this, as Pac appeal is so broad it may almost count as a “casual” title. Oh, it’s worlds easier than half of the games on this list, but that’s part of the draw – it’s a laid back, just-for-fun trip when alone, and a remarkably addicting mainstay with another friend or two.

Current value: Sealed copies start at $30 (no freaking way) and one guy’s ready to let it go for $8, a much more realistic total.


Floigan Brothers

Another bizarre gem from 2K Sports creators Visual Concepts, Floigan Brothers was heavily hyped well before the Dreamcast was even released, only to drop off the radar somewhere around the middle of its life cycle. It then popped up again right at the end, reborn as an episodic adventure game… that would never see any more episodes.

Centering around two junkyard-owning brothers, Hoigle and Moigle, Floigan Brothers was structured like an adventure game, but played more like a platformer. It also featured a trainable partner in the form of big brother Moigle, who could be taught to perform new tasks. It wasn’t exactly fantastic, but there’s never been anything else quite like it before or since.

Current value: Factory sealed for $20, not an unreasonable amount given its scarcity, though a “just fine” copy will only cost about $5-10.


Seaman


We’ve never been interested in virtual pets, and yet Seaman captured our hearts in his webbed fingers and never let go. Seaman tasked you with raising a bizarre fish/amphibian creature with the face of a gently smiling Japanese man. While you had to care for him, the real draw was the voice interaction via microphone.

Seaman would ask you questions, learning about you over time. Later on, he’d ask questions relevant to what you told him, making it feel like he really “knew” you (something Microsoft’s Natal/Milo combination is pushing as groundbreaking). At the end, he must go free, and it was the most heart-wrenching ending we’ve ever encountered in a game.

Current value: We found one auction with no bids. Doesn’t bode well for the $60 sealed copy, though we’d say $15-25 isn’t a bad deal at all for one of the strangest games ever made.


Zombie Revenge

Loosely based on House of the Dead, this brawler broke all the rules of zombie-themed anything by encouraging players to beat the shit out of zombies with their bare hands in addition to blasting them with found firearms (some of which, blasphemy of blasphemies, in the hands of zombies who were using them to shoot at you).

In spite of all the departures from accepted zombie formula, however, it was a respectably fun and cheesy (if tragically unpopular) reminder that slapping the word “zombie” onto a game’s title didn’t always result in great sales.

Current value: A brand new copy can be yours for around $20, which is roughly the price we paid for it in 2001.


Project Justice

The sequel to the cult PSOne hit Rival Schools, Project Justice was one of the more respectable fighters that Capcom brought to the Dreamcast party, immediately begging the question, “Why isn’t Street Fighter EX this good?” Project Justice was a simplified, team-based Street Fighter spinoff that featured a high-school-themed storyline and awesome team-up attacks.

Of course, with words like “Rival” and “Schools” excised from its name to avoid terrifying jumpy parents, it carried almost none of the limited recognizability that the Rival Schools brand had built in the US. And it’s a shame, because it was amazing at the time of its release, and still holds up remarkably well now.

Current value: A baffling $250 for a sealed copy. Stranger still is the OTHER sealed copy that’s a regular auction, which is presently at $37. If you want Project Justice at all, be prepared to pay near-modern prices.


The Typing of the Dead

You want a hard sell? “Light gun zombie typing game.” We god damn dare any modern publisher to come up with something as brazenly bizarre as Typing of the Dead, a converted port of House of the Dead 2 that replaces light guns with… keyboards.

Each zombie has a word underneath its body you must type before it shambles up to you and strikes, so there’s no aiming and no wild firing. Only typing. Cutscenes reveal your characters literally running around with Dreamcast consoles and keyboards strapped to their back. This was a console known for unique and off-the-wall efforts, and no game better fits both descriptors.

Current value: Prices fluctuate like crazy, with sealed copies selling for $15 while so-so discs are asking for $40-50. Just make sure you have a keyboard first.

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53 comments

  • sandylewis90 - June 13, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    Man I remember all of these games. I don't get why Dreamcast gets such a bad rap. I'd LOVE to spend a rainy weekend inside playing all of these games and the so many others. http://www.ranker.com/list/all-dreamcast-games-list-of-sega-dreamcast-console-games/video-games-by-console has a pretty good list of all of the games and I can only count about a dozen that don't look absolutely fun. I vote we bring back the Dreamcast.
  • deadendeavor - March 4, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    No mention of Shenmue? Grandia II? The original Soul Calibur?!
  • Mirako - September 16, 2009 9:58 p.m.

    I've got most of these games and yes they were brilliant, who cares if it died? It had some amazing games while it lasted. Also I still think that Power Stone 2 was better then the first one.
  • IRIsH - September 15, 2009 11:42 p.m.

    love my dreamcast and chu chu rocket still gets a good long spin with a monthly tournement between me and my friends. to the dreamcast may you live long in our memories R.I.P
  • RandomIdoit - September 14, 2009 10:29 p.m.

    Hmm... I don't really know what to say about the Dreamcast... I never had one, and always thought that it had only about 13 games, I was obvioslly wrong. Funny thing though, one of my friends at the time had a Dreamcast, and said that it would beat all other consoles, I said he was wrong. I was right, but at what cost?
  • Hydrohs - September 14, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    You're right... EGG does remind me of Choose Your Own Adventure...
  • jar-head - September 14, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    Nintendo kicked All ass...
  • JohnDD - September 14, 2009 12:10 p.m.

    I remember going into Game when the PS2 just came out, and asked "what good games are there on the PS2?". He couldn't answer, he had to keep looking back at the shelves of PS2 games. This truly shows what strong marketing means to companies (not just games related ones) and what it means to the general popluation.
  • coolbeans - September 14, 2009 1:51 a.m.

    Bomerman, crazy tax, and power stone... ahhhhhh good memories...
  • sato - September 14, 2009 12:43 a.m.

    Well, not exactly the start.
  • suicidali - September 13, 2009 2:08 a.m.

    I found a copy of ChuChu Rocket for £1 a couple of weeks ago I was tempted, but I didn't take it... Slightly regretting it
  • AuthorityFigure - September 13, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    They seem like an odd bunch of games. Dreamcast 2 would be a treat to us all...
  • TreeWhale - September 13, 2009 12:49 a.m.

    @Terro you just got burned! Oh Snap! I am a Whale!
  • Terro - September 12, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    Why do doomdoomdoom and YOURMUM insist on fighting on every article I've been in today? Maybe it's their way of showing their sexual attraction to each other?
  • Xplosive59 - September 12, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    i wouldnt of minded a dreamcast but people always told me that they chewed up discs so i didnt get one.
  • wrapdump - September 12, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    tuto11025...you are a pillock.
  • SwishiestB0g - September 12, 2009 3:39 a.m.

    Worst come back ever doomdoomdoom also tuto, most of these games kicked butt. Go play the DC games and remember this came out BEFORE the ps2. They weren't the best games ever, but they were innovative and FUN. Something that lacks from a lot of games today.
  • Embolado - September 12, 2009 1:39 a.m.

    Never played any of these games, and looks like for a good reason. And Seaman was the worst title for a game. EVER. That fish faced creep looks like he would spoon you in your sleep.
  • Johnny6Gun - September 12, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    For Treasure fans, stick to the DC version of Bangaoih. Far superior to the DS entry. Lovely article. I really ought to hook the DC back up.
  • gmcb2011 - September 12, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    Can we ban doomdoomdoom? Please?

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