Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack Review

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack Review

Sep 23, 2011

Any PC gamer worth their salt is familiar with the Serious Sam series. In preparation for the third installment in the franchise, publisher Devolver Digital has been releasing a series of indie games set in the Serious Sam universe.

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack has been released for the Android OS, putting players in the role of one of Sam’s worst enemies – the Kamikaze. For those unfamiliar with the series, the Kamikazes are headless guys with bombs where their hands ought to be. Their only goal in life is to run up to Serious Sam, and explode. I can say with certainty that this game does a great job of capturing the lifestyle of the Kamikaze.

The concept is simple – you play as a Kamikaze that’s running toward Serious Sam. You have no control over how fast you run, all you can do is choose when to jump and when to attack. The result is an action game that relies heavily on good timing.

Each level has a main objective, and a secondary objective. The main objective (obviously) is to kill Sam. The secondary objective can be anything from killing Sam in a specific way to kicking a certain number of a certain object. These secondary objectives really add a layer of depth and challenge that you might not expect from a game with such a simple concept.

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack can begin to feel a little stale after a while, but that’s easily remedied by checking out the game’s challenge modes. The challenges all take different approaches to the gameplay, forcing you to think outside the box in order to complete them.

It may not be the most rich and complex game ever made, but Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack is simple and enjoyable in a way that few other games on the Android platform have managed to achieve. Simple, but responsive controls along with good old fashioned enjoyable gameplay make Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack a worthwhile experience.

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack Review Rundown

8.5
Graphics and Sound - With high quality visuals and sound effects ripped straight from the PC games, Serious Sam Kamikaze Attack offers up some top notch presentation
9
Controls - To all of the mobile developers out there, pay attention - simple and responsive controls make action games extremely enjoyable.
8
Gameplay - The concept is simple, and as a result it can feel a little repetitive, but the secondary objectives and challenge mode provide an adequate amount of variety.
8
Replay Value - While the core concept is simple, the secondary objectives in each level, along with the challenge mode will keep you coming back for more.
8.5
Overall - Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack is an excellent game, well worth the price of admission.

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