Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! Review

With the release of Serious Sam 3: BFE in October, three indie games have been in development and have been released prior to Serious Sam 3. Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! is one of the said indie games, released on September 15th 2011, for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Story

In Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! you’re thrown into the pants of the Headless Kamikaze, and must chase down Sam Stone while screaming your brains off… while screaming your pants off, to blow him to BFE. Pretty simple right?

 

Gameplay

Kamikaze Attack! is a 2D side scrolling platformer. Our headless friend automatically runs from the left side of the screen to the right while slowly increasing his speed. Players must control him by jumping or attacking to dodge obstacles such as bombs, missiles, trees, cacti and pits. The game features 40 levels, 20 in a desert, and 20 in a jungle setting. Each level contains a bonus objective that can be completed to gain extra points and goodies. The objectives revolve around five different goals which are rehashed and reused but add more to destroy. Players will punt frogs, kick missiles, destroy trees and cacti, bounce bombs and attack Sam Stone.

The kamikaze has a rage meter, the more you attack, the more the meter fills. When the meter completely fills, you explode and lose a life. Completing levels will bag you more lives, and cool down time so that you can freely use your attack without exploding as quickly. It’s not an insane difference but it’s enough to pull off some cool little tricks. You can also unlock some heads to reduce cool down and better your chance at a perfect, but that requires installing specific applications on a list to earn gravy and unlock them by paying 25 gravy.. okay.. pretty random but it works.

The game features two endless modes, to rack up as many points as possible. The first one is just running through all the obstacles and seeing how far you can get, while the second one only gains points by punting frogs.

Presentation

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! features hand drawn backgrounds. As of now, there’s only the desert and jungle environments. After playing the game for a few hours, eye strain might occur, causing the game to be more difficult. The music is the same thing for each level, which might cause annoyance. The ability to turn off music and sound effects are in the options. The sound effects consist of explosions and screaming.

Conclusion

Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! is a very affordable game, currently a whopping $0.99 on the Apple and Android Market for it’s release, but will shoot up to $1.99 eventually. The game will last you roughly five plus hours. The game should only be played by fans of the Serious Sam series. If you’re travelling on a bus, car, hanging out at a friends, or just plain bored, Kamikaze Attack! is for you. It’s a great way to obtain some laughs, or manifest anger at trying to blow up Sam Stone.

 

Score: 8.0

out of 10

Pro:

  • Affordable
  • Challenging game play
  • Serious Sam Humor

 

Con:

  • Sound annoyance
  • Eye strain after long periods

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