In case you don't understand the reference, the above (probably misspelled) epithet stems from the Beheaded Kamikaze, one of the most famous and most dangerous enemies from Croteam's Serious Sam FPS franchise. This resurrected undead soldier enters battle with nothing but a pair of bombs, a simulated speaker scream and a bloody stump where his head ought to be, and Be-Rad Entertainment has entirely flipped the script in their downloadable tie-in my making him the hero of the piece.
As the Kamikaze, you'll chase after Serious Sam through a few dozen 2D stages littered with pitfalls, incoming missiles, bombs and bouncing frogs. Tapping the left hand side of the screen makes your screaming character jump, while your right thumb triggers a charge attack that can smash through obstacles or projectiles. However, using the attack increases your rage meter, which eventually makes you self-detonate when it tops out.
Catch up with Sam and you'll blow up into a pile of adorable muscular chunks. Job done.
That's about it, really. Completing the levels grants you persistent bonuses to 1UPs, rage meter length and other acoutrements, and optional challenges in each stage dares you to balance increased risk (kicking missiles out of the air, anyone?) with extra points. A couple of changes of scenery help to break up the pace. It's responsive, dumb, silly, satisfying fun that's best enjoyed in short bursts.
Presentation-wise, Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! benefits from a hand-drawn art style that's surprisingly impressive to behold - and takes the pressure off of the incredibly crude animation. The GUI is also rather messy and amateurish to be honest, especially the menus that appear to have been thrown together in a couple of minutes. But hey, for a 69p app, I'm not going to mark it down.
Android users can nab it for a whole three pence cheaper than their iOS brethren. Treat yourself to something nice.
- Instantly accessible (mindless fun)
- Great value
- Impressive graphical style, Awesome premise
- Shallow (mindless fun)
- Crude animations, GUI and menu design
Summary: Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! is a simple, silly diversion that's great for killing a few minutes here and there. Don't expect it to provide a new addiction, but if you've already maxed out Jetpack Joyride, this is well worth the negligible asking price.
Developer: Be-Rad Entertainment
Compatibility: Universal app