Choose your weapons and take aim at the most random Serious Sam adventure yet!
User reviews: Mixed (412 reviews) - 54% of the 412 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2011

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Buy Serious Sam Complete Pack

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


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"30fps lock. Genre: RPG battler."

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
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
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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32 of 52 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
A turn-based rpg style take on Serious Sam, but is it actually good

+Some good dialogue
+Has endless mode
+Selection of weapons
+Looks great whilst still keeping the Serious Sam sort of look

-30 FPS locked (Seriously, (no pun intended) what excuse could you possibly have for a 30fps cap. It takes nothing to run and it's on PC)
-Very short main story (>2 hours)
-Impossible to actually completely dodge projectiles with 3 party members as one gets hit and it's often impossible to get out of it when they shoot a barrage of rockets
-Expensive for the content

Final Verdict
A fun twist on Serious Sam but very short with sometimes difficult gameplay due to bad choices by the developers. I would reccommend buying it on sale rather than full price.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
not that great, i got bored of it the second time i played it if you came to this page looking for a comedy game this is not a great one. However if you came for old school turn-based battles this is alright in terms of it, there is a little twist to the battles but i think it's a plesent twist for those who want to procrastinate hardcore. my overall is 4/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Quite possibly one of the worst games I've ever played.

Now don't get me wrong, the graphics, sound and music are all great and it does a good job of looking like Serious Sam but the game itself is an UTTER JOKE.

It professes to be an action twist on a classic turn based RPG combat system but utterly fails on all counts. You're supposed to dodge incoming enemies and attacks while shooting and aiming weapons but every time it adds a new character up to the maximum of 3 you lose 1/3rd of your mobility because you can't go higher or lower than the spread out characters.

By the end of the game I was just praying for a lucky streak and hoping to get through the abhorrent last couple of stages so I could delete this poorly thought out garbage from my machine.

Thank ♥♥♥♥ that's over, don't buy or play this game.
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