From the creator of Metal Gear comes an incredible cyberpunk adventure way ahead of its time.

Originally released in 1988 for the MSX2, Snatcher is an adventure game from Konami. Directed by Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear series, many plot elements and storytelling techniques are reminiscent of that series. The game features many well developed characters and plot twists that create a game that feels like an interactive movie and plays like a visual novel.

Taking place in Neo Kobe during the year 2047, the city is facing a crisis as artificial life forms known as “Snatchers” have been secretly killing citizens and “snatching” their bodies to use as disguises. The game has you controlling Gillian Seed, an amnesiac who has recently been recruited into the Anti-Snatcher task force known as J.U.N.K.E.R as a “runner”. You are accompanied by a small robotic “Navigator” called Metal Gear Mk. II (designed after the Metal Gear threat of the late 20th century but intended for peaceful purposes) who acts as your sidekick and assists with case investigations while providing personal commentary to keep things interesting. Your job is to investigate people suspected to be Snatchers in disguise and eliminate them while discovering the truth behind the Snatcher menace.

Released on various platforms including the PC-Engine CD, Playstation, and Sega Saturn, the only official English release of Snatcher was on the Sega CD which featured voice acting that was much higher quality that most video game voice acting of the time. There is also an English fan-translation of the MSX2 version. During the time when most video games were straightforward action experiences, Snatcher really stood out by putting a heavy focus on plot and storytelling which wouldn’t become common in the industry until much later. Snatcher really holds up to this day and I highly recommend you play it in whatever way you can!

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