Video Game / SD Snatcher
(Super Deform Snatcher) is an RPG
adaptation of the Visual Novel Snatcher
released for the MSX2
in 1990. In this version, the cast of characters turns cutesy and Super-Deformed
and the storyline is slightly altered.
An English Fan Translation
by a Dutch group fond of Bilingual Bonuses
is now available.
SD Snatcher provides examples of :
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: JUNKER must be on a shoestring budget, because you're now expected to pay for your own ordinance and health restoration.
- Adaptational Villainy: Inverted. Elijah Modnar is portrayed more sympathetically here than in the original Snatcher.
- Amusement Park of Doom: Syd Garden.
- Art Shift: Despite using super-deformed graphics for everyone, the ending has Gillian, Jamie and Random drawn normally.
- Ascended Extra: Jean-Jack Gibson. He's partnered with Gillian at the beginning, though given this game's penchant for splitting up the heroes, don't expect much in the way of backup.
- Blackout Basement: Queen Hospital.
- Bloody Handprint / Stay on the Path: In order to navigate a minefield, you have to follow Jan's footprints and (later) his trail of blood. A similar sequence happens while following the wounded Cunningham's blood trail through the caves.
- Bond Gun Barrel: Gillian in the opening cinematic.
- Canon Foreigner: Numerous characters, but most notably Geoff Tonegawa, Harry Benson's assistant at JUNKER HQ, who was added to the game just to serve as the new weapons engineer after Harry bites the dust.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: After Gillian gets sacked from JUNKER, Jamie gives him a fedora hat and surgical mask to wear, so he can stay on the case without being noticed.
- Console Cameo: Jean Jack Gibson owns an MSX turbo-R in this version of the story.
- Demoted to Extra: Metal Gear and Katrina are not as important to this game as they were in the original Snatcher.
- Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Cunningham's painting. If you inspect it, he bellows at you to get lost. (Unlike in the original, the picture conceals a Secret Underground Passage.)
- Dual Boss: Naizu & Kashu, and (later) Rob & Lisa.
- Elaborate Underground Base
- Evil Knockoff: Jamie's Snatcher.
- Evil Redhead / Sinister Minister: Rob and Wesley Crumpton.
- Forced Level-Grinding
- Frameup: Rob tricks Gillian into shooting his brother, Wesley, by claiming he's a Snatcher.
- Game Within a Game: "Snatcher Headhunter", a Whack-A-Mole arcade game in which you hammer the Snatcher heads as they appear.
- Gecko Ending: This was made after the original 8-bit releases of Snatcher, but before the later CD-ROM versions that introduced Act 3 to the story. As such, the ending of SD Snatcher differs from the CD-ROM versions in quite a few significant details (specifically Random survives in this one).
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Wesley Crumpton. He has an excuse: Snatcher-Rob lobotomized him.
- In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: The Snatchers are more self-righteous in this version, believing that humans pose a threat to the planet's survival.
- Intrepid Merchant: Joy Division's gun merchants.
- Let's Split Up, Gang
- Locked Door
- Machine Worship: The humans of North Downtown worship the Snatchers as gods.
- Meat Moss: The Final Boss's room.
- Monster Clown: Syd Carnival is populated by Snatcher-clowns and, (gulp)... Snatcher-pandas.
- Mr. Exposition: Cunningham is a lot more useful this time around.
- Nerd Glasses: Geoff, a new JUNKER engineer who works alongside Harry.
- Not Quite Dead: Cunningham.
- One-Winged Angel: The Master Snatcher hulks out after you deplete half its energy.
- Robotic Reveal: Random. We actually get to witness his horrified reaction this time.
- Send in the Clones: The Very Definitely Final Dungeon is crawling with clones of Jamie and Cunningham. Amusingly, the latter will say "Making progress yet?!" before attacking.
- Shout-Out: Quite a few, particularly with the tongue-in-cheek fan translation. More overt shout outs include the opening cinematic (which copies AKIRA establishing shot) and JUNKER's agents, who are called "Runners".
- Shows Damage: Enemies show visible damage the more you hit them. Hitting certain parts also decreases specific stats.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: "No way, dickhead! Not when Gilian Seed is alive!!"◊ (sic) (NOTE: pic contains spoilers)
- Spared by the Adaptation: Random survives the explosion in this version's finale.
- Spider Tank
- Trick Boss: Wesley Crumpton.
- Turn in Your Badge: After being duped into shooting a civilian — and a priest no less, Gillian is outright fired by an irate Cunningham.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Unlike in the original, the Snatchers no longer obey Elijah Modnar. In fact, he's their prisoner!
- Underground Level: The tunnel from North Downtown to South Downtown. (A substitute for the subway tunnels used by Snatchers in the original.)
- Universal Translator: A "Lingu-Disk" to translate Spanish, which is needed to speak with Mr. Cielo.
- Villainous B.S.O.D.: Elijah Modnar has already undergone one by the time you meet him, despite still being responsible for all of his crimes in the original. He implores Gillian to stop the Snatchers and save Jamie.
- Weakened by the Light: Snatchers are sensitive to sunlight; their artificial skin develops cancerous sores when exposed to it.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Pettrovich Modnar (who actually gets lines this time) admits to treating Elijah as a subordinate employee all of his life, and not as a son.