Choose your weapons and take aim at the most random Serious Sam adventure yet!
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Mixed (17 reviews) - 58% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (469 reviews) - 54% of the 469 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2011

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About This Game

The legendary Serious Sam reloads and rearms in an explosive, turn-based RPG developed by indie developer Vlambeer (Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing). Serious Sam: The Random Encounter follows Sam and his band of oddball mercenaries as they battle across a pixilated world teeming chaotic battles, hordes of bizarre creatures, and mysterious secrets. Choose your weapons and take aim at the most random Serious Sam adventure yet!

Serious Sam Indie Series


The Serious Sam Indie Series is an extraordinary program launched by Croteam and Devolver Digital to partner with gaming's most creative independent developers and design radically unique Serious Sam games in a variety of styles and genres.


Key Features:

  • Turn-Based Awesome: Battle across three worlds of pandemonium with Serious Sam and his band of quirky commandos as they clash with legions of relentless creatures hell-bent on ruining your day. Choose your weapons and prepare for an absolute onslaught of merciless enemies charging from every direction.
  • Extraordinary Visual Design: Behold the pixilated brutality of Serious Sam’s struggle against evil in glorious retro-styled graphics. Visit the exotic locals of Egypt and dangerous caverns overrun by Mental’s twisted horde. Battle by land or take on all-new aquatic variations of classic Serious Sam baddies in underwater skirmishes unlike anything Sam has faced before!
  • Serious Strategy: No magic here, son. Select from a variety of dynamic items to increase your party’s stats, toss out some Headless Kamikaze bait, or bring everything to a devastating halt with the all-powerful Serious Bomb.
  • Challenge Mode: Take on a never-ending wave of Mental’s most fearsome minions and attempt to post the best score to win the admiration of your friends and family.
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter was created by Dutch indie duo Rami Ismail & Jan Willem Nijman and features crisp pixel art by Roy Nathan de Groot & pixel-animator Paul Veer. The game had its chiptune music created by Alex Mauer and the trailers were produced by Canadian video-magician Kert Gartner.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 100MB free space
    • Video Card: 256MB Video Memory or higher, DirectX 8 or later
    • DirectX®: 8.0 or later
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HYDRA
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
great game
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Wise Bro
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
It's good.
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Θϭfpez
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I couldn't stand more than 10 minutes of this game. It takes the concept of "fun", lobotmizes it, then crashes to desktop.
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Xorph64
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
It's an interesting take on the turn-based RPG. You pick and aim your guns at the start of the turn, spend 5 seconds shooting and dodging enemies, then pick/aim again. It ramps up in difficulty pretty fast, but overall I found it pretty fun strategizing how I was going to deal with each wave of enemies.

That in mind, it's barely an hour long, so you may want to wait for it to be a bit on sale.
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GABBA-[CRO]
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
This is a cool game. The mechanics of the game are simple. Passed it in 2.5h of playthrough.

I will do some pros and cons for the game

PROS
-The game is simple and easy to play
-No bugs and glitches in the game (I never experienced one)
-You have 3 characters with which you play
-The game has classic Serious Sam weapons
-The game looks small, but it has a lot af aliens you can kill and there are a lot of fights in which you participate
-There are bosses at the end of different sets of areas you play in
-The art for the game is awesome. Even for this kind of a game
-You have 3 lives on each map (I don't know if this is a pro or a con, so I will leave it here), and when you spend all of the lives you restart the whole map from the beginning

CONS
-Community is almost dead
-Game gets me angry when enemies always spawn when I have spent all of my Special Items

I recommend it. I rate it 7/10. Would kill 100 aliens in one fight again!
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Sticky Snax
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
I really liked the Serious Sam series, but this game was just an unfair challenge from the begining without any real sense of skill-based rewarding gameplay.
Imagine if I set you up with an FPS game, where you have to pick 1 axis to move and are allowed to spam in a locked angle with one weapon for 5 seconds at a time. This game does exactly that. I felt like I had about as much an advantage as anyone does with a crane machine full of frightened birds.
In short, do yourself a favor, and spend those 5 dollars on a nice friggin cheeseburger, because at least that burger wont request to be eaten from within a tube sock, using nothing but a set of plastic chopsticks.
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NoobTester
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Okay Just beat this game, so I guess I am eligible to review it. lol.

It's a cute little game which forces you to use your brains more than your sheer urge of mass killing.
At times it feels pretty easy but mind you, it just feels easy but it ain't easy.
Anyway long story short this game is fun and requires some sort of strategy to bit. The campaign is barely 2hours long but most of the times you die, die and die and in order to beat this game "YOU MUST DIE" not really just kidding. Depends on what kind of strategy you come up.

Look at this video this may seem the quickest Boss Kill
https://youtu.be/QZRRR9IO-uA

But to be honest I died more than 5times in order to beat this Final Boss :p

Anyway I recommend this game, if you see it on steam sale go ahead and get it.
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Wedge
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
You shoot stuff in face, must buy!
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Richard Nixon
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
There's the possibility of a good game here, but it's marred by poor design choices. Enemy mobs are randomly generated, and the turn-based attacks against a real-time mob become a painstaking game of chance.
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PainlessStone68 {WildfireAny1?}
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
The controlls, graphics, dialog, combat, and prettymuch everything else needs a redo.

Waste of money :( sorry
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SpookyScaryScarecrow
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
the encounters are random
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BH_m0nkeyno0b
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20
Vlambeer equals pain
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MunicipalRose
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
Although I can't recommend Serious Sam: Random Encounter at the full $5 asking price, it is a fun little game to kill some time. Not something you'll spend a bunch of time on, but it's something that can be played here and there. It's like the original Final Fantasy with guns, but it's not as strategic. Unless you buy the Serious Sam Complete Pack, this is on sale for $.49 again, or you're into very plain turn-based games, this should not be in your library.
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Dr.Java
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
Simply amazing and a brillinat 8-bit retro of the classic Serious Sam Series. You won't be disapointed, so grab it and play. Great game to gift to friends aswell.
10/10
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Blaze the Pegasus
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
Well, it is a neat idea for a Serious Sam game but it's not that fun to play. When I first played it I was happy but as I progressed through the game, it became relentlessly difficult. Also, the game glitches sometimes and it has a few bugs. The game is not good or bad, but it's just challenging and it can be beaten in like an hour, depending on how good you are.
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MilaniSe7en
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
It's an RPG Serious sam.
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RainbowPingasVegas
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 15
Freezes more than a scratched CD.
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AltorBG
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
This game is actualy good.

Yes it crashed in the beggining (I use Windows 8.1),but thanks to an awsome forum post,i got it to work:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=434491854

It's not like the other Serious Sam Games,But it's something you really should try.
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talgaby
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
Short version: 39%
Unless you are a Serious Sam fanatic, skip this one; while it is mercifully short, this turn-based action game is plagued with terrible choices that just kill most of the fun.

Long version:
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is not a complex game: the player roams around on a top-down 2D map with Sam and two nameless guys – banded together with the intent of shooting Mental in the face (this is the entire plot, by the way) –, where they randomly end up in side-scrolling battle sequences. This sounds simple (and looks simple thanks to the 16-bit style graphics), yet somehow the developers of Nuclear Throne still managed to mess everything up.

The core flaw of the game is that it is nothing but randomness. It is only mildly frustrating that the same level can throw in three encounters or a dozen during the exact same trip. The real pain starts during combat when one realises they have zero influence on the outcome, as the player can issue exactly one command every five seconds (shoot, swap weapon, or use item) but the enemy horde attacks in real time; winning is just a question of luck on enemy composition and movement patterns. Due to this unpredictable and aggravating mechanic, it takes an unjustly amount of patience to even get to the final boss; a patience most players will probably lack.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Short version: 39%
Unless you are a Serious Sam fanatic, skip this one; while it is mercifully short, this turn-based action game is plagued with terrible choices that just kill most of the fun.

Long version:
Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is not a complex game: the player roams around on a top-down 2D map with Sam and two nameless guys – banded together with the intent of shooting Mental in the face (this is the entire plot, by the way) –, where they randomly end up in side-scrolling battle sequences. This sounds simple (and looks simple thanks to the 16-bit style graphics), yet somehow the developers of Nuclear Throne still managed to mess everything up.

The core flaw of the game is that it is nothing but randomness. It is only mildly frustrating that the same level can throw in three encounters or a dozen during the exact same trip. The real pain starts during combat when one realises they have zero influence on the outcome, as the player can issue exactly one command every five seconds (shoot, swap weapon, or use item) but the enemy horde attacks in real time; winning is just a question of luck on enemy composition and movement patterns. Due to this unpredictable and aggravating mechanic, it takes an unjustly amount of patience to even get to the final boss; a patience most players will probably lack.
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37 of 48 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
I really, really wanted to like this. Vlambeer is one of my favorite developers, and I do have a small soft spot for serious sam.
The problem with Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is it's a bit like Space Jam, it's an idea that sounds really great on paper but doesn't work so well in execution. It's pretty much a heavily scripted pixelated turn based RPG which has one of the oddest turn based/action combat hybrids I've ever seen. You pick a character, pick a weapon or if you want them to use an item, and then point them in a direction to fire said weapon or use said item. Then you get around 5-10 seconds of action while you try to dodge bullets and hit targets with the aim you set.
The problem with this is that especially when you gain a third party member, it becomes almost impossible to actually dodge anything or have any real "skill" with dodging or hitting. As hordes get bigger later on, aiming gets less useful too, as hordes will get so big that it pretty much doesn't matter where you aim.
Keep in mind this is a scripted RPG, so no shops, no "real" overworld and every item or weapon you get is found as part of the rigidly scripted story that's underwritten even for Serious Sam. There are technically "Random encounters" (heh), but with the rewards they dole out it's actually more resource efficient to just skip straight to the next area.

It's just not worth it. You will probably get about 3-4 stages in like I did and quit when the Texan comes into play because of how impossible it is to keep going.
Buy it maybe it if goes on sale for like a dollar and you're curious. You won't even get an hour out of this.
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51 of 73 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
This is an old school RPG based around the Serious Sam franchise. You'll have a top down map with enemy encounters and be taken to a RPG style battle system. The map worlds are literally one screen sections, if your party is wiped out three times, you need to restart that one map. It would feel right at home on the original Gameboy or a mobile phone. Random battles can happen when you walk one space on the map, so if that angers you, avoid this game.

The real game is the combat, each battle pits you and your allies against several if not dozens or hundreds of enemies chasing after you. You select fight, swap weapon or item. Any of your characters can use any weapon. Here's where it gets interesting, the weapons and enemies have uses like in an action game. The revolver will shoot at the closest enemy, the shotgun is a defensive weapon if any enemies or big projectiles get within a proximity of the user, the rocket launcher sends a spread of 3 rockets one per turn, the grenade launcher does big damage.... if you can hit your target in it, since enemies move, they might be gone before the grenade lands, and there's a mini gun where you aim the line and fire until the end of the turn.

Enemies have different properties too. Some will stay far and shoot, others will chase after you and damage you, killing themselves. Enemies are quicker and slower than you, so you can either outrun them or they'll catch you. All of the combat is a really fresh take on RPG turn based combat. Oh and as your turn is happening, you can move your party up and down on the screen to dodge projectiles or stall for time as you wait for the next shotgun blast.

After every battle, you get full health. The items mostly consist of armor power ups, health, attack buffs. All of which seem to be needed for bosses at the end of each one screen map.

So if I enjoy the game how could I give it a negative rating?

The game is a steep climb in difficulty before you know it. Walls of bullets, things become unavoidable, deaths are inevitable even if party members are revived with full health after a battle. Everything needs to be done in battle and that is the real downfall. You cannot use any items such as armor outside of battle. So if you're facing a wall of bullets against dozens or hundreds of enemies, you'll just get slaughtered again and again. Luck of who you fight plays a big part of your survival. You can grind all you want before a boss battle. The catch is once you've used your 3 lives, you'll need to start that map over again without all of the grinding you just did. Another problem with lack of grinding is that you can't go back to a previous map to grind and no amount of grinding will save you from bullet walls that comes with every enemy encounter past a few maps. Another downfall is there is no native controller or steam support. Not even key binding, but everything else is a much bigger glaring issue.

In all, its just a fresh take on old school RPGs and I like it, but its as if the developers didn't play the game past a certain point. If you're looking for a very difficult new RPG that is unforgiving and makes grinding meaningless, this is the game for you.
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
If you want to play a bullet hell in which you can't dodge bullets, go ahead and buy this game.
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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
A great use of the Serious Sam franchise. An old school top down desktop exploration game combined with JRPG fighting mechanics. Save Sam and support Vlambeer in the process for only a few bucks!
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35 of 53 people (66%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2014
Most serious game OF ALL TIME! Contained absolutely no joking around, horsing off, rigamarole, goofin, flim-flam, ballyhoo, jim-jammery, ribbing, ribaldry, jesting comments, light banter, hoopla, slapstick, vaudvillian wisecracking, farcitude, slack-cutting, or campiness of any kind.
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
IF you own windows 8, DON´T BUY THIS. I doesn´t work at all, sound is bad, it´s a laggy game overall
IF you own windows 7, definitily buy this, it´s an awesome take on a JRPG wqith the Serious Sam theme, humor, lore.
(I just not recommend this because the devs said they would fix this and Super Crate Box two years ago, no progress yet).
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45 of 75 people (60%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
Developer #1: WOAH! Did the game just crash again!
Developer #2: Yep.
Developer #1: Should we release it?!
Developer #2: Yep.
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Pretty bad. Combat is clunky and the difficulty isn't paced well at all. Seems more a low effort tie-in than a legitimate indie title with the Serious Sam license.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 17, 2014
This game is stupidly hard. its way harder then it looks honestly. i bought it because i wanted to own every serious sam game. so i did. when i played it i remember thinking, "this is nothing like the trailers." the game is pretty much ok this guy shoot at these people he- oh wait im dead.
but its still amazingly fun and worth it :D i still love it
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Crashes. Don't know why? But it crashes:(
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
dont buy this game it crashes every ♥♥♥♥ing second
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2012
SS:TRE is a turn-based action game that lives up to its name: there are a lot of random encounters. On the overworld screen, you play room by room, top-down view, moving a space at a time and opening crates for items, solving minor puzzles and beating random encounters, while making your way to the exit/boss.

Battle is turn-based and takes place on a separate screen, where a horde of classic enemies from the series rush you. You have three options: fight, swap (guns), and use item. Choosing fight lets you aim your current weapon at the horde and, when you confirm, the action takes place. You then run backwards while shooting at the horde of enemies, and they run forward trying to reach and kill you. This goes on for five seconds before the next turn.

You'll recruit additional party members and find plenty of weapons to choose from but, contrary to the description, there's no RPG here. Resolution is ridiculously small, the difficulty is too brutal and random and, overall, it's the worst Sam game I've played, which is saying something.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2011
This game is fun. Flat out. The combat is very unique. You give commands to your Sam(s), then combat runs for 5 seconds (with you moving your Sam(s) vertically). Then you get to give new commands. This can include switching guns, using items, etc.

Well worth the $5 I spent on it.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
DONT BUY THIS GAME ON WINDOWS 8 IT WONT WORK


Early Update
Got it for 50 cents i thought i would of given it a try.
Windows 8 buyers beware the game can't run on it.
Positives: Old school arcade vibe.
Interesting concept
Cons : Bad Controls
Unresponsive at times.
Frustrating at times
Bad dialogue
Feels repetive after the first ten minutes.

Ran the game on windows 7 hopefully they fix the windows 8 issue.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
There are no control options and it crashed a lot. 1/5
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Its fun at first, but by world 3-1 its gets impossible. Everything before 3-1 is great, but due to the massive jump in diffuclty, I can only recommend Serious Sam: The Random Encounter to the most Serious fans of the series.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
If you're thinking that this cheap game will keep you going for a while, you are awfully wrong!

Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is a short Run'n Gun game that features only 9 levels which roughly take up to about 2 hours to beat. After finishing the campaign, the player will be given the opportunity to play in Endless Mode, but without any real goal in mind, this would just be a waste of time.

Because the game is so short, the developers made sure to make it extra hard just to frustrate the player into believing the game took a really long time to beat. This also has a big impact on it's replay value, because without featuring any kind of achievements or incentives(like extra content), a typical user will not want to have another go at it just for sheer fun.

Also atypically for any game, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter encourages you to die a few times during a level just to cheat and get a couple more copies of a weapon that can make the rest of the game a lot easier. This is sad and game-braking at the same time, but judging the overall quality of the game, it is something that should have been expected.

On a side-note, screenshots made in fullscreen mode will look weird. The picture will feature a small screenshot in one of the corners followed by a black background and some traces of any pop-ups that may have appeared on screen during this time.

Although I have bought it for about 0.80€ I still believe this game to be a terrible waste of money and I wouldn't recommend buying it. Please, do note that the game has compatibility issues on some systems, so make sure you can play it in case you want to pick it up.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9, 2014
So, it's...a party based...side scrolling shmup...that's turn based...and has a classic-rpg-style overhead map...

...how utterly bizarre. If you really want to explore all the idea-space that gaming can come up with, give it a shot. It turned out to not be my thing though.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2012
You shoot stuff in the face. Must buy.
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