Released today, there’s something unusual about Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour; it’s in 2D.
Sure, it’s not the first Serious Sam game to forego being a 3D first-person shooter – Serious Sam Double D XXL and Serious Sam: The Random Encounter have already stolen that cherry – but it is the first to retain that Serious Sam feel.
Developed by Crackshell, the very same people who brought you Hammerfall, Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour is a top-down 2D shooter that somehow manages to capture the very essence of Serious Sam while still offering its own little twist on things. Under the supervision of Serious Sam’s creator, Croteam, they’ve just nailed it.
The visuals may be pixelated, but they assuredly ooze the atmosphere and scale of early Serious Sam games perfectly. The gameplay feels very Serious Sam-like too; with plenty of running and gunning and tons of gore taking centre stage. There are some changes though, such as the inclusion of a handy roll button to quickly get out of harm’s way, and more of a leaning towards exploration than the traditional Serious Sam excursions.
If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself loving Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour from the moment you begin playing simply because all the enemies you know and love make an appearance, and the meaty collection of guns too, sounding just like you remember and having the same impact. Even Serious Sam’s old quips are in there to amuse you as you blast your way through Mental’s hordes. Seriously, getting to grips with Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour reminded me of my first foray into Serious Sam: The First Encounter, which can only be a good thing.
Check out just over 5 minutes of Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour gameplay below.
It wouldn’t be a true Serious Sam game without the ability to play co-operatively though, and thankfully, Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour doesn’t disappoint. Up to four players can play campaign mode online, and trust me, it’s an absolute hoot, especially with the game’s level and perk systems which allow you to personalise your own Sam somewhat. Of course, there’s a versus multiplayer mode for up to 12 players in there too if you want to battle it out with some human competition. Or you can play co-operatively and see how far you get in the wave based survival mode.
If you’re a fan of Serious Sam we recommend that you check Serious Sam’s Bogus Detour out. Coming complete with a Game Editor, the gameplay is set to be endless for those who like to create their own content. And those who don’t can just enjoy the quality mods made by the community