Serious Sam Advance - GBA

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Serious Sam Advance (GBA)
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Climax Soft. Co.: Global Star Software
Publishers: Take 2 (GB)
Released: 30 Apr 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Connectivity: GC/GBA Link Cable
Accessories: GameCube Game Boy Player


Serious Sam Advance - GBA Screen

Serious Sam Advance - GBA Screen

Serious Sam Advance - GBA Screen

Serious Sam Advance - GBA Screen


There are two breeds of first-person shooter available in video games. There are those that strive for tactics and realism, such as Rainbow Six and Conflict: Desert Storm, and there are those that favour alien realms and all-out gore-fests like Doom and Quake. Serious Sam fell into the latter category the day it was dreamt up. And as the 3D gaming age spreads into the handheld market, Serious Sam has ventured onto Game Boy Advance for a brand spanking new adventure.

Using time travel technology, the evil Mental has been warping Ancient Egypt and Rome into his own wicked vision. Only one man has the guts to travel back in time to correct things one bullet at a time, and that's Serious Sam.

Serious Sam has never been known for its seriousness and it's not difficult to see why. Here, storytelling and plot-lines take a back seat when it comes to gameplay, and like all other Serious Sam outings, SS Advance is great fun to play.

Another first-person affair, SS Advance sees players assuming the role of the hard-man hero in some 12 diverse levels set in Ancient Egypt and Rome. You'll be met with the usual plethora of kamikaze monsters seen in the previous episodes, as well as some all-new creatures. And the GBA hardware does a fine job of putting it all on screen. Many enemies can appear on-screen simultaneously, and only a little slow-down is evident, keeping the level of action to a maximum. Graphically speaking, SS Advance lies somewhere between the original Doom and reasonable PSOne offering - not too shabby.

With nearly a dozen weapons, a new story, new bosses and a welcome four-player link-up option, Serious Sam Advance is a fine addition to the light-hearted series.


Serious Sam Advance - GBA Artwork