Choose your weapons and take aim at the most random Serious Sam adventure yet!
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Very Positive (11 reviews) - 81% of the 11 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (501 reviews) - 54% of the 501 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2011

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Includes 11 items: Serious Sam 2, Serious Sam 3: BFE, Serious Sam 3: BFE Bonus Pack, Serious Sam 3: Jewel of the Nile, Serious Sam Classic: The First Encounter, Serious Sam Classic: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam Double D XXL, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter - Legend of the Beast DLC, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter


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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45 of 56 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 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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52 of 74 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 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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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 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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21 of 24 people (88%) 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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Dont be fooled by the trailer with all those camera close ups, it's doesnt have that much action, You have 3 guys, sam and 2 his friends, you have like 5 seconds to shoot something then you have to pick what to do next for every single character attack again, change weapon or use skills. It's something between FF and SS but as this game shows FF+SS=FFS:

+This game has plenty of manly sam jokes in-between levels
+Notable monsters from the SS series
-This game is unplayable boring - you ever thought that serious sam game could be boring AF? No? Here you go. Somebody thought it would be fun to breed action and turn-base but its sucks so much, it takes like 80% of the time to pick what to do and 20% of the time you see any action + with most weapons you use shoot instantly and then you try to dodge stuff but this level design dont let you understand where the projectile going + you have 3 characters so you cant dodge all the stuff even if you want,
-This game so hard to beat, that with addition of how boring it is makes you want to kill yourself when you die from the huge wave of random crаp, because you have to play this level all over again. Wow such a nice game, so you dont want to waste your time on it, isnt it nice?
-it has no steam achievements or steamcards

So in conclusion there is no any reason to buy this sh`tty game other than to fill your library with 1 more Serious Sam game if you want to collect them all. Otherwise i highly recommend not to buy this crap.
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27 of 38 people (71%) 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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52 of 83 people (63%) found this review helpful
75 people found this review funny
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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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
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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37 of 57 people (65%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
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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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 18
Didn't read a single word in the game, just headbutted keyboard till body count was satiskillafying.

Would Go On Serious Killing Spree Again.

Now a bunny squeezing juice on a dizzy kitten.

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Koopa Fox | McNamara's Protege |
0.8 hrs
Posted: October 18
very fun and tottally worth the price
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Mia Ishata
1.1 hrs
Posted: October 18
It barely works, encountered multiple glitches. Abyssmal difficulty. Very limited dodgemovement with full party.

Only good things this game got going for is the rather unique combat and its simplicity. But there was no time spent in making sure the game works correctly.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 18
It's almost good enough to pass for a free browser game.
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Alex Murphy's Law
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 2
Pretty original title. The game is fairly cheap, and worth every cent. It's a pretty short game, which shouldn't be a deterrent. It's a very fun game. The campaign is around 2 hours long, and provides you with enough insane victories and spectacular defeats. There's also an endless mode, which is very chaotic. If I had to rate game on a scale from 1 to 10, I'd give it a solid 8/10. This game is definitely a buy!
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2.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
Short but tough game, need to do some strategy and some good aim if you want to survive through this game. There is no difficulty in this. Also I suggest obtaining all items you can find, and use them wisely. VERY wisely.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 1
Get Serious
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 31
I open the game up expecting Vlambeer's trademark poor programming and wasn't disappointed: SS: The Random Encounter as experienced by Anne Frank on August 4, 1944 constantly freezes for multiple seconds at a time while looping Sam's screaming instead of music.
It's the antithesis of mainline Serious Sam games, where performance is buttery smooth and Sam's enemies are the ones screaming.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 18
boring after few minutes
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