Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! Review
- Clever, humorous lines and small touches to accentuate the 'whacky' factor.
- Boss battles add a neat twist to the gameplay.
- Objectives motivate players to play around, risking death via suicide.
- The art direction, although pretty, can lead to some visual confusion.
- Relatively short-lived experience; endless modes don't quite reach the same pitch of the story missions.
Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! is a celebration of the unbridled fun and silliness that makes the series so enjoyable to play while adding some neat touches to the endless platforming formula.
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You have to admire a developer that can create a character so fearsome that it only takes a distant whisper of its tireless scream to send a shudder down your spine. Which, according to Croteam themselves, is kinda weird considering the Beheaded Kamikaze of Serious Sam fame has no head to scream with. Thankfully in the iOS outing of Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! by Devolver Digital you get to control a Kamikaze instead of being its intended victim, just don't get too excited because you may just blow your load too early.
No really, I mean it - if you go around kicking things too often with your whirling bicycle kick of doom you'll start to generate 'rage', which when maxed out will cause you to explode. Thankfully each level provides you with several Kamikaze's to work with, though you're prone to lose a handful of them just trying to pull off the additional stunt objectives (such as kicking turtles or round-housing missiles) before giving Sam an explosive hug.
Visually the game is stunning as well - taking things from the usual slick 3D world of Serious Sam and in to a funky hand-drawn world that looks more suited to a cutesy world filled with doe-eyed animals than murderous torsos. The addition of 'witty' lines from Sam and the occasional text-based ribbing from the developer keeps the mood light no matter how often you fail and before you know it you'll have finished the game.
Sadly all that remains after completion is the ability to complete missing objectives or a handful of endless variations of the main game, but these pale to the frantic pace of the main game.
Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! is a perfect companion to a game world that already prides itself on cranking the challenge to 11. A fun pick up if you love the series or you're after a quirky new distraction.
DescriptionWhat the press are saying:
"one of the most entertaining mobile games I’ve played in a long time" - Indie Games Channel
"A fun pick up if you love the series or you're after a quirky new distraction" - AppSpy, 4/5
"It’s a great way to obtain some laughs, or manifest anger at trying to blow up Sam Stone" - The Speed Gamers, 8.0/10
Remove your head, grab some bombs, and step into the boots of Serious Sam’s most iconic foe, the Headless Kamikaze. Dodge hazards and heavy ordinance from the cowardly Serious Sam himself as you make your way through the chaotic action in an attempt to do what you do best: blow up the vile Serious Sam.
Mobile Kamikaze Action – Direct your kamikaze horde toward certain death in more than 40 levels of mobile action. Either fall at the hands of Serious Sam’s bombs and rockets or go out in an honorable blaze of glory in the service of Lord Mental.
Super Sleek Art – Colorful hand-drawn artwork distracts you from the underlying truth: your little kamikaze friend is destined to die in a horribly violent explosion. Cartoon dismemberment has never been so pretty.
Savage Bonus Modes – Take a shot at kamikaze immortality by posting a top score on one of the endless bonus levels like Complete Chaos and Frog Punt.
Social Media Integration – Spam your friends’ Facebook feeds with your high scores, people love when you do that. Trust us.
Sweet Juicy Credits – A list of credits for the game featuring first and last names. Boosh!
What's New in Version 1.10-Added the Missile Mayhem challenge (endless level). Unlock it by beating level 6.
-Made a couple of the boss battles slightly easier
-Fixed several bugs including one where the Jungle level would show up as desert