This is getting serious!
This article contains spoilers. It might spoil your gaming experience when first playing these games.

Alley of the Sphinxes is the tenth level of Serious Sam: The First Encounter, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter.


After obtaining the Amon-Ra relic from the Temple of P'tah, Sam walked in the desert for many days, and was forced to drop most of his ammo to make walking easier. He is now approaching Karnak. To enter it, he must place the four elements onto four altars, which will cause an ancient guardian that brings death (large Lava Golem) to appear.


  1. To the far left, from the starting area, you'll see there is a small oasis. Pick up the items there to spawn some enemies and register the secret.


  • In The First Encounter, this map is either set in the evening or afternoon, depending on the difficulty played. In Serious Sam HD, it's set at night.
  • The big Lava Golem boss spawns in the end of Metropolis instead of in the end of this level in Serious Sam Xbox.
  • In Serious Sam 1, if you walked about 5 minutes backwards from the way Sam spawned when the map starts, you could find a tower behind a sand mound in the desert. The tower is not present in the HD or VR version of the game.