Indie rogue Eric Ruth delivers a heart pounding “demake” of the legendary video game hero Serious Sam. The iconic Sam “Serious” Stone finds himself in ancient Greece battling the relentless hordes of Mental’s army from an all-new perspective. Lock and load for Serious Sam’s retro 8-bit adventure!

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11 comments by Henley on Jan 24th, 2012

The Indie Royale game bundle website is launching a new series of 'lightning packs' - more focused, 'niche' collections of PC games with a shorter time-limit to buy.

The first surprise pack, the Serious Sam Lightning Pack, is available to buy immediately, with a starting price of $2.99 and a total of six Serious Sam-themed games, including four new indie-developed games riffing on Croteam's gonzo FPS franchise, plus the two original games in the series.

Serious Sam's recent indie spinoffs were commissioned by rogue micropublisher Devolver Digital and franchise creator Croteam (still an independent developer themselves!) around the launch of Serious Sam 3: BFE, but gained some notoriety thanks to their entertaining spinoffs of the shooter franchise.

Of the previously available titles in the bundle, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter -- available on PC as a DRM-free download, on Steam, and on Desura -- is a refreshing take on the RPG genre, developed by acclaimed indie developer Vlambeer (Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing). Its gameplay is a clever pixelated hybrid of turn-based battles with real-time, run and gun offense and defense maneuvering.

Also part of the pack, Serious Sam Double D -- available on PC as a DRM-free download, on Steam, and on Desura -- is a hand drawn, side-scrolling shooter featuring over-the-top gameplay and chaotic action from arcade-loving indie Mommy's Best Games (Weapon Of Choice, Explosionade).

Next, making an exclusive debut on PC in this Lightning Pack is a DRM-free download and Desura PC version of Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack. Developer Be-Rad Entertainment's offering (originally available exclusively on smartphones) is an Canabalt-style action-platformer where players control the Headless Kamikaze enemy, striving to accomplish the bad guy's dream of blowing up the vile Serious Sam on every level.

Finally, as a world exclusive Indie Royale debut, Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter is an 8-bit, top-down "demake" of Serious Sam, specially commissioned by Team Fortress Arcade and Halo/DJ Hero demake author Eric Ruth. It's available for PC as a DRM-free download and on Desura, and sees Serious Sam in ancient Greece battling the relentless hordes of Mental's army in an all-new retro 8-bit adventure.

And as a special bonus, Croteam, the indie team who originated the Serious Sam franchise, offers the original Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter games for PC, redeemable on Steam. These two original titles are packed with the arcade-action style first-person shooting that the Serious Sam series is known for, including gonzo single- and multi-player modes.

This new Lightning Pack will run for just 100 hours, under the same pricing model as before: the price will automatically increase as more people buy the pack. Those generous buyers who pay more than the current minimum can decrease the price for other purchasers.

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grynn Feb 17 2013, 4:22pm says:

Looks like Hotline Miami :)

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VAgentZero Jul 26 2012, 9:02pm says:

Eric Ruth usually does pretty good work, but this one was a miss; it felt flat and uninspired. Didn't feel like much of a game to me, and the fun factor was low. I played for probably about five minutes and haven't picked it back up.

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VandalSQ Mar 16 2012, 12:01pm says:

I'm sorry... but this game sucks , not hard but it sucks !

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Domo_Skully_ Feb 9 2012, 3:52am says:

sorry but there is just to much serious sam indies, try a differant game like duke nukem or something

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Mr.TwisT Feb 2 2012, 8:45pm says:

Really poor attempt at a serious sam indie. I'm sorry, but there's no variety, it slows down if there are 3 enemies on screen and there is no level design of which to speak of. It's just boring :(

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Norghat Jan 28 2012, 5:06pm says:

Or you should get a copy of windows and stop complaining on each page man!

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Ether3al Jan 25 2012, 6:55pm says:

You don't want a Linux version. This is a Game Maker game and there are better Game Maker games out there - for free. There's really no design thought in this at all. I've seen some one- and two-man projects succeed, but this isn't one of them.

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dleslie Jan 24 2012, 12:51pm says:

*cough* Linux version?

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undeadbobop Mar 1 2012, 12:00am replied:

Not worth it, it was made in game maker and it sucks, 1 death = restart game, only save feature is the default game maker save feature. And anyone can make a better game in game maker than this one. Only can hold 1 weapon at a time and frame rate issues from 1 enemy on screen when there is a infin amount of enemies respawning from off screen. Just out run the enemies its a easy enough game. Boss 2 is op as **** anyways.

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olvimasta Jan 24 2012, 7:58pm replied:

I've seen you post that on a lot of new games on should make that into an t-shirt or something xD

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Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter
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This game is Kleer-y a load of Werebull. I know the Serious Sam series is mostly about swarms of enemies, but making them infinitely spawn is bad idea, specially with limited resources. The weapon system is messed up, if you pick up a weapon you lose your previous one FOR GOOD! The weapon damage seems to be off too, it seems that some weapons are more powerful than the should, or to be more exactly some weapons aren't effective at all. The rocket laucher greats explosions, but the explosions don't…

Jan 31 2012, 3:31am by Tanukitsune

Third Person Shooter
Single Player
Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter, Released Jan 16, 2012
Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack, Released Jan 16, 2012
Serious Sam 3: BFE, Released Nov 20, 2011
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, Released Oct 22, 2011
Serious Sam Double D, Released Aug 29, 2011
Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Released Apr 26, 2010
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Released Nov 23, 2009
Serious Sam 2, Released Oct 15, 2005
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Released Feb 3, 2002
Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Released Mar 20, 2001
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