Published on October 24th, 2011 | by Derek Strickland, Contributor
Past Due Review: Serious Sam Double D
Platform: PC (digital download)
Developer: Mommy’s Best Games
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Serious Sam Double D delivers an incredibly satisfying action-packed experience with a variety of unique in-game elements to keep players entertained for hours on end. From the explosive high-octane survival shooting action to the hilarious and enjoyable gun-stacking system and unforgettable boss battles, Serious Sam Double D is a title that’s highly recommended for both fans of the Serious Sam franchise and Indie shooters.
Developed by the Independent XNA studio Mommy’s Best Games, SSDD brings forth a heaping helping of non-stop chaos that is signature to the Serious Sam franchise. This side-scrolling Indie brings a new story arc filled with never-before-seen bosses and arch-nemeses, while also delivering the authentic destruction and carnage that gamers have associated with the series.
The creative and unique gun-stacking system is the heart of this game’s fun factor–attaching eight different weapons atop one another spells doom for the waves of on-coming enemies. Making good use of the projectile weapons like shotguns, Tommy guns and even grenade launchers can be the difference between life and death. Multiple guns of the same type can be stacked upon one another. For example, if gamers want to have four Tommy guns stacked up, that’s perfectly kosher in this game.
The gun-stacking system can be used strategically to take down bosses and different enemy types. Many times only powerful weapons such as the grenade launcher are useful against strong enemies–especially the colossal bosses that tower over our buff renegade hero. A useful ability of the stacking system is that the guns can be disassembled and assembled any time, and each gun is inter-changeable with other weapons.
With a myriad of stages and labyrinthine environments, Serious Sam Double D utilizes the authentic 2-D side-scrolling formula in which many gamers are familiar with. The basis of the game is quite simple: shoot at enemies, jump across gaps, run to the right, rinse & repeat. While many of the levels have hidden areas and multiple levels, it can be quite tedious searching for these bonus items…yet often it’s worth the frustration as players can find extra weapons, powerups and extra lives scattered throughout.
The control scheme for this action-packed Indie is a tad awkward, and gamers will have to acclimate themselves with shooting while jumping in mid-air pretty early on. Making good use of this tactic can really help out, especially in the later stages when “screensfulls” of enemies constantly re-spawn and somewhat resemble a bullet hell survival mode. Serious Sam’s jumping takes some getting used to, and he’s not always 100% responsive.
In this frenetic and fast-paced title, every second counts. Players must pay attention at all times–granted they are given some wiggle room with a variety of health power-ups and leeway with a decent health bar–or risk being defeated. The mayhem is just as it always was in the previous Serious Sam titles: outrageously fun and deliciously rampant. Serious Sam Double D brings all the elements from our hero’s former adventures and crams them into an affordable PC Indie side-scroller.
Serious Sam Double D is a satisfying and quite enjoyable action-packed 2-D sidescroller that delivers an explosively authentic Serious Sam experience. With the undeniably humorous and creative gun-stacking system, gamers become a literal one-man army facing unfathomable odds against wave after wave of roaming enemies and behemoth bosses. While the controls are a bit awkward and the constantly re-spawning enemies can be quite challenging, the game redeems itself with its level of sheer carnage and destruction.
+ Signature action-packed gameplay
+ Gun-stacking system
+ Epic boss battles
+ Lives up to the Serious Sam franchise
+ Blends humor with explosive shooter mayhem
– Awkward jumping controls
– Can be too challenging and frustrating at some points