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Serious Sam: The Random Encounter
2 September 2013
Summary: The value we see in things is based on what we get out of it, rather than what we put into it. This is true in all aspects of life. This is also why I don’t factor cost into my reviews, because a 99-cent game is too much for a homeless person and $100 is nothing for a rich person. Time is the only investment that matters to everyone. And here is the part where I tell you that Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is roughly an hour-long.
Excerpt: How much time and money are you willing to lose in order for a game to sell your own nostalgia back to you? If your answer was anywhere above an hour and five dollars, then you’re in luck! Serious Sam: The Random Encounter will cost you exactly that. Even so, you still may wish to reconsider. TRE is a 16 bit “demake” of the Serious Sam shooter series.
Pros: Right length for any player, Lots of shooting, 'splosions, Bold take on the series
Cons: Hastily built, Underpowered weapons, Boring and repetitive
Excerpt: The world of RPGs is a surprising one to see Serious Sam in. Nevertheless, as part of the Serious Sam Indie Series, Dutch developer Vlambeer has risen to the challenge with the creation of Serious Sam: The Random Encounter . Vlambeer's creation certainly is a fascinating concept and contains a battle system that has great potential. Unfortunately, an incredibly short experience with a distinct lack of other features leaves one to only wonder what could have been.
Conclusion: Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is a fun, albeit short game that delivers where Serious Sam games try too, with shallow but dumb fun. The humor is great, graphics are nice and the game is fun while it lasts. TRE doesn’t do a whole lot, but what it does is fun and I would say that that fun is well worth a purchase especially if you’re already a fan of Sam.
Conclusion: All in all, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is a good game for the money. It’s a short, compact experience with light RPG elements. This game fits well into the Serious Sam franchise and delivers what the fans expect, and that is over-the-top combat with a few one-liners thrown in for good measure. For those looking for some thrills for a couple of bucks, we would definitely recommend this game, especially if you are a Serious Sam fan.
Excerpt: Conceptually, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter appears to be an impossibility, a creation of science and magic that boggles the mind. The idea was to take the Serious Sam series, games which prize their hordes of enemies and classic style over plot, and convert their system of play into a turn-based RPG. It is in that quest that indie developer Vlambeer is surprisingly successful in imitating the style of Sam’s FPS counterparts in turn-based fashion.
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter Review (PC-Steam)
Gamers Daily News
24 October 2011
Summary: It’s definitely a novelty game aimed at a specific audience of people who enjoy both Serious Sam and classic RPGs, but that group should enjoy it enough to get their money’s worth (a mere five bucks) out of this clever idea.
Summary: Serious Sam and turn-based RPG fans alike should be queuing round the block to... uh... download this. Not only is it an excellent Serious Sam game, but it's a fast and frantic turn-based RPG that is easily unlike any that you've played before.