The Ocean Hunter (オーシャンハンター), also known as The Ocean Hunter: The Seven Seas Adventure, is a light gun/rail-shooter arcade game developed by Sega AM1 and published by Sega. It was released in Japan in September 1998 and later worldwide the next month.
The Ocean Hunter has never been ported to console so far, thus the game is extremely rare, although Computer and Video Games magazine mentioned a rumored Dreamcast port. However, on April 2011 it was unofficially ported to PC by fans through the Supermodel emulator, albeit with severe graphic and control issues. Many of these issues can be fixed by running the game with version 494 and modifying the controls.
The seven seas spread throughout the world. It is said that there is a monster for each of these seven seas. Ships are being attacked one after another. Sharks gather around monsters seeking human flesh. The ocean is not only a place of blessing but a place of terror. Defeat the violent gigantic monsters of the seven seas. An enormous bounty has been set for their heads. Brave youth go out to face the monsters.
Set in an alternate steampunk world, a new civilization is flourishing in the seas. However, the Seven Great Monsters, accompanied by a number of minor sea monsters and ordinary marine predators, are attacking many shipping vessels out at sea, harbors, humans and even native marine life with increasing frequency. Frightened for their lives, the people issued bounties on the monsters' heads as well secondary bounties on the minor sea monsters.
- Stage 1 - Baroque Sea (Kraken)
- Stage 2 - Luna Sea (Leviathan)
- Stage 3 - Tartarus Deep (Charybdis)
- Stage 4 - Texcoco Great Lake (Ahuizotl)
- Stage 5 - North Sea (Karkinos)
- Stage 6 - West Ocean (Midgardsorm)
- Stage 7 - Panthalassa (Rahab)
The Ocean Hunter is played by using two mounted turret-like guns on the arcade cabinet. The game is capable of being played with either one or two people simultaneously. During the game, the players use the Shock Guns to aim and shoot enemies while the characters' movements are prescribed and directed by the game. Being a rail-shooter, it requires the player to be strong on reflexes, as the camera may turn away at any point to focus on a more immediate threat that only offers a short time frame for attack. Unlike other rail-shooters, any shot fired by the players will "float" up or down depending on where they are aiming to give them immersion into the underwater environment, which can be a problem for first-timers.
The game is divided into seven stages to track progress, with each stage having its own enemies, at least one or more sub bosses, and a boss to defeat at the end. During the boss fights, usually near the end (excluding Rahab in his final form), there will be specific weak point(s) highlighted for the player to target and fire three times to defeat the boss.
The player has a life meter consisting of 3 Life Points. Life Points are lost by taking damage from enemies or shooting friendly fire at nearby hunters and divers regardless of their situation, and can only be restored by obtaining health units from rescuing said hunters and divers.
There are treasure chests hidden throughout each stage that reward the player a hundred bonus points. The points can multiply depending on how many times the player shoots the treasure chest.
- Main article: The Ocean Hunter Original Soundtrack
- Despite its rarity overseas, The Ocean Hunter can be found at most, if not every, arcades in Singapore and Japan, and a handful of arcades and places worldwide.