Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack Review: A Short And Repetitve Adventure With A Whole New Perspective

Posted: September 17, 2011 in Now Playing (Video Game Reviews)
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Playing The Role Of The Bad Guy Is Fun For Once
Easy To Use Touchscreen Controls

Game Gets Repetitive Fast
Game Is Really Short

Review based on Version 1.0

Serious Sam is on the run and this time Lord Mental is not going to let him get away. Mental is on the recruitment trail and he needs fresh bodies to take out his biggest pain in the ass. Just like the eager Brett Sanderson, an endless line of humans have signed up for the cause. Now with their heads freshly decapitated and the signature bombs strapped to their hands, this new lot of Headless Kamikaze’s are hot on the trail of Serious Sam. The big question is whether they would get to him in time, or suffer a terrible fate like all the others before them.

Now available on the iPhone and iPad, Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack places you in a brand new perspective. We’re all used to playing as the hero Serious Sam. Now it’s time to see what it’s like from the other side. The side of the screaming Headless Kamikaze! No longer are you just cannon fodder. It’s time to see what it’s really like to kill the hero who’s literally running away from you.

With Sam, presumably out of ammo and on the run, your role as the Headless Kamikaze in this game is to catch up to him by any means necessary. Lord Mental will not tolerate failure even though your sole purpose is to die. In this game you must run and jump over various obstacles including spikes and cactus with the goal of reaching Serious Sam and giving him the bear hug of death. I must also add that these Headless Kamizaze’s must have played Mortal Kombat recently because their also equipped with Liu Kang’s Bicycle Kick move to deflect objects including bombs and rockets towards Earth’s lone hero. Interesting!

As I played the game, I noticed that the touchscreen controls are very easy to use. Tap on the left side of the screen to jump and tap on the right side of the screen to use the infamous bicycle kick. That’s all you need to know. No need to run because that is done automatically. There’s no turning back now! Each level is played out like an obstacle course with various items blocking your path. Whether you choose to jump or attack is all up to you. Of course if you choose to attack to much then rage will set in causing you to explode rather early. Now we all know that nobody likes a premature exploder. Also littered in each level are multipliers, 1-UPs, and other items to aid you. I suggest picking them up because they do help in your high score.

While killing Serious Sam can be fun, Kamikaze Attack does have it’s shortcomings. For one thing, the game does get repetitive really fast. You can only take dodging obstacles for so long especially when you see the same thing over and over again. I must also add that this game is really short. There are some bonuses that you can acquire, but will cost you some of your hard earned money. I guess that being a Headless Kamikaze is not a high paying job. With all this in mind, it’s safe to assume that you should play this game in short sessions so that you don’t suffer from boredom.

With Serious Sam 3 coming soon, it’s nice to see some expansion of the series. Maybe Duke Nukem could have really needed something like this before the eventual flop that was Duke Nukem Forever. Kamikaze Attack may be short and repetitve, but it’s not short on fun. This is a game more for fans of Serious Sam so get the game now while it’s cheap before the price goes up, or you can wait until it’s on sale in the near future.

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