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->"And what's my payback? [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext A million pounds of tubesteak!]]"
-->-- '''Ghost'''

''SewerShark'' is a first-person [[ShootEmUp rail shooter]] that was sold with the ill-fated [[OtherSegaSystems Sega CD]] console, and shortly afterwards ported to the equally ill-fated 3DO console (with somewhat higher quality audio and videos than the Sega CD version). The game was made by Creator/DigitalPictures, the company who also made such [[CultClassic classics]] as ''Make My Video'', ''VideoGame/NightTrap'' and ''Corpse Killer''.

Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, it centers around "sewer jockeys", exterminators hired to clean the sewers of dangerous mutant vermin [[SeriousBusiness using flying ships and gatling guns]]. Gameplay-wise, it's fairly average rail shooter - mostly, it's known for being the first video game for a game console to use FullMotionVideo for its primary gameplay and for its memorable cutscenes.
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!!This game contains examples of:
* [[ASpaceMarineIsYou A Sewer Jockey Is You]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: They would have to be to fit gunships inside.
* AcePilot: Ghost. And he knows it.
* ActionGirl: Falco, though you never technically get to see her in actual...you know...ACTION. Her badassery is pretty much implied through the opening intro, where both she AND Ghost basically tell you that any LIVING pilots automatically get conferred the title of {{Badass}} in the sewers.
** She gets kidnapped by Stenchler later on as well, so she seems to lean more towards FauxActionGirl.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The moles, which are the primary enemies in the third level.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Giant mutant scorpions, giant mutant bats, and '''''GIANT MUTANT BRAIN-EATING FIREFLIES'''''.
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: '''''GIANT MUTANT BRAIN-EATING FIREFLIES'''''
* BadBoss: Stenchler
* BatOutOfHell
* BrainFood: Many people have had their brains eaten by zerks, which are '''''[[RuleOfThree GIANT MUTANT BRAIN-EATING FIREFLIES]]'''''.
* CommanderContrarian: Your wingman is a supremely arrogant (but talented) pilot who goes by the name of Ghost.
* CowboyCop: Ghost's weaponry isn't strictly legal, but it just might keep you off the wall.
* DamselInDistress: Falco gets kidnapped by Stenchler [[ForTheEvulz for no apparent reason]].
* DangerousWorkplace: Sewer jockeying is extremely high-risk employment, so much so that Ghost burns through co-pilots like Kleenex.
* DownTheDrain: Possibly the only game where every single level is this.
* ExpositionFairy: Catfish
* FatBastard: Commissioner Stenchler
* FollowThatCar: The player and Ghost tailing the "Crazy Looking Thing" through the sewers to navigate Sector 19.
* ForHappiness: Complete this one job, and you and Ghost won't have to clean the sewers anymore; you can kick back and relax in Solar City.
* ForbiddenZone: Sector 19. [[spoiler:Stenchler has it off-limits because it's what actually leads to Solar City.]]
* FullMotionVideo
* FutureSlang: With a bit of TotallyRadical thrown in.
* GatlingGood: Your regular gun, but also [[ItsAllThereInTheManual Sweet Little 16]]. There's even an awesome video of Sweet Little 16 in action.
* GetOut: Failing to please Ghost results in one of these tantrums. Have fun flying a desk, spud-brain.
* GirlFriday: Stenchler's assistant is actually credited as Girl Friday.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Catfish dons a straw hat and lei by the time you reach the resort.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Girl Friday declares mutiny on Stenchler just before the whole brain-eating fireflies thing. In fact, he uses them to drive her and her supporters away.]]
* HollywoodDensity: Zerks are listed in the manual as weighing over two tons each... and yet Stenchler can lift a crate filled with them with absolutely no trouble.
* IncomingHam: "[[WelcomeToHell WELCOME TO THE SEWERS PUNK!]]" Has the added benefit of being yelled ''directly'' into the camera during an uncomfortable closeup, as is the case with literally every other line of Underwood's dialogue. The intro is nothing but Underwood [[PunctuatedForEmphasis yelling hammy lines into the camera]] while overly-intense music punctuates his manly exlamations. It's actually [[NarmCharm kind of awesome.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Stenchler
* TheLancer: Ghost (the "greatest co-pilot to ever shoot the tubes"), though he's something of an inversion because of his mentor-like experience and the fact that [[spoiler:HE'S the one who gets the girl, Falco, in the end.]] Of course, there's MANY other tropes that Ghost fits into simultaneously, but most notably CynicalMentor.
* MadLibsDialogue "The critter's at... three... niner... three."
* MediumAwareness: Girl Friday, if the player performs well enough, will compliment his "virtuoso performance on a joystick."
* MixAndMatchCritters: Ratigators (rat/alligator hybrids), which are one of the main enemies.
* {{Mutants}}: Most of the sewer vermin are giant mutant animals, which include '''''[[RunningGag GIANT MUTANT BRAIN-EATING FIREFLIES]]'''''.
* NoFourthWall: A somewhat literal example - Stenchler's "office" is a facade, and at the end he tries to flee by running through the nonexistant fourth wall.
** A scene which might qualify as the game's CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* NonstandardGameOver: Each checkpoint has a (hidden) required score and a target score. Where your score is in relation to these values determines the exact cutscenes you get at each one, but being below the required score results in Ghost effectively kicking you out.
** Thankfully, after a certain point, the required score is dropped altogether. Unfortunately, this is at the last two levels of the game.
** At one point, Ghost will order you to get ready and fire your weapon during a test. If you assume that this isn't an interactive portion of the game and flub it, Ghost gets totally pissed off at you, fails you, and the game's credits roll.
* OneHitKill: A few things:
** Forgetting the sequence of turns given to you at the start of most sections results in a crash.
*** This gets worse in two cases - in one case, you're only given the direction as audio. In the other, you're following a bird and have to make the turns when it does.
** Missing an exploding enemy causes your ship to detonate.
*** Additionally, failing to vent after destroying a certain amount of the same enemies also causes your ship to detonate.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ghost, Falco, and the player character, a/k/a Dogmeat, Ratbreath, Exterminator, and Beachbum.
** Girl Friday, although she doesn't even get the acknowledgment of having her name said or acknowledged in the game itself, you've gotta check the credits.
* PalmtreePanic: Your intended destination, Solar City, although it isn't playable.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Girl Friday
* PickyPeopleEater: The aforementioned zerks, which are '''''[[OverlyLongGag GIANT MUTANT BRAIN-EATING FIREFLIES]]'''''.
* PressXToNotDie: A lot. The most annoying: when you're told to fire the updated gatling gun, despite all appearances, ''that's not a cutscene'' - fail to hit the button and you lose instantly.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "SHOOT THE TUBES DOGMEAT!"
* RobotBuddy: Catfish.
* RousingSpeech: Among gaming's most entertaining to watch.
-->"[[StuffBlowingUp Crash and burn!]] [[EmphasizeEverything Crash!]] ''[[EmphasizeEverything And! Burn!]]'' [[TheManyDeathsOfYou The sewer jockeys]] '''[[TheManyDeathsOfYou COME]],''' [[TheManyDeathsOfYou and they]] '''[[TheManyDeathsOfYou GO!]]''' [[CrapsackWorld But]] ''[[CrapsackWorld down here]]'' -- [[CrapsackWorld This! Is the]] ''[[CrapsackWorld hole!]]'' '''[[EarnYourTitle I]]''' [[EarnYourTitle give you a name!]] [[TheLancer A]] ''[[TheLancer friend.]]'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive A]] '''''[[CorruptCorporateExecutive boss.]]''''' [[EarnYourHappyEnding And a]] '''[[EarnYourHappyEnding reason]]''' '''''[[EarnYourHappyEnding TAH LIVE!]]''''' [[SinkOrSwimMentor You're gonna owe me]] '''''[[SinkOrSwimMentor big,]]''''' [[SinkOrSwimMentor Dogmeat!]] [[HeroismIncentive And what's my payback?]] ''[[BugWar A million pounds of tubesteak!]]''" [[ScoringPoints That's]] '''[[ScoringPoints ALL]]''' [[ScoringPoints you've gotta deliver today, hot-shot!]] [[KillStreak You nail this]] ''[[KillStreak one run,]]'' [[PalmtreePanic and we got a one-way ticket to Solar City!]]"
* ShootEmUp
* ShoutOut:
** Ghost will crow about [[Film/ApocalypseNow The Stench of Victory.]]
** Ghost occassionaly shouts "Don't think! If you think, you're dead.", which is likely paraphrased from ''Film/TopGun''
* StockFootage: Sort of makes sense, since it's in a huge sewer system, but you won't see a lick of footage that isn't recycled in later parts of the game. Often several times.
* StuffBlowingUp: Your ship on a frustratingly frequent basis.
* StupidBoss: Stenchler
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: Your ship runs on an energy meter, and if it depletes, you automatically lose. There are 7 recharge stations in the entire game, and at each of them you have to make either a left or right turn into (and no, there is no turn indicator for these at the on-screen direction pad). The exact turns you need to make for each one is static (and thus, can be written down), but the only indication is a green light that shows up too late for you to make the turn. You can afford to miss every other one, though.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* VillainousGlutton: Stenchler is ''always'' eating.
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