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"There isn't a man alive who can fly in here and survive."
Sam to Quinn regarding his need for extraction.[src]

Cairo was the capital of Egypt, and one of the many cities on Earth that was invaded and overrun by Mental's Horde during the Mental War.


Located in northern Egypt, Cairo was the largest city in the country, and one of the largest in the whole of Africa, with a population of over 19 million inhabitants before the Mental War. The city consisted of many high-rise buildings, apartments, office buildings, and skyscrapers. Most of these buildings were destroyed or heavily damaged during the war on Earth; most of the damage was due to Mental's warships leveling the buildings with their scorcher beams.

Cairo during the Mental War[]

An abandoned street in Cairo.

When Mental's forces attacked Earth, Cairo was one of the most heavily hit cities. There was also little to no traces of human life left in the city as most of its inhabitants were killed or fled. Ammunition, armor and other military supplies, vehicles and equipment suggested that the city was recently under a siege by Mental's forces, which it seemed the humans lost. ASU 7 Automatic Sentry Units, originally meant to fend off hordes of Mental's forces, were still active, which made some locations in the city very dangerous for anyone who was still alive in the city. As the city had become abandoned, the streets had become desolate and hostile places.

With the city under Mental's control, his forces had slowly transformed parts of the city for their own needs; Antaresian Spiders formed large nests to lay their eggs, both on the streets and inside buildings, Major Bio-mechanoids were emplaced in certain spots in the city to shoot down any air support that flew into it, Scythian Witch-Harpies existed in the suburbs, waiting on top of buildings for prey, Technopolyps flew around in the skies, Adult Arachnoids, Beheaded Rocketeers, Cloned Soldiers, Hatchling Arachnoids and Kleer Skeletons patrolled the streets, looking out for any signs of trouble, and Gnaars feasted upon the less fortunate for sustenance. What was even worse were the Sandwhales that roamed the sands of the Sahara, devouring any unsuspecting citizens who fled from the conflict.

Places of interest[]

Great Pyramid of Giza[]

Main article: Great Pyramid of Giza

Located a few miles just outside the city, this large structure was constructed by the Ancient Egyptians during the Fourth Dynasty of Egypt. The pyramid's purpose had remained a mystery for millenia until a secret entrance leading to it was discovered inside.

Egyptian Museum[]

Main article: Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum housed a large collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts and treatures. It later became an auxiliary depot in 2015, and then abandoned after Cairo was taken over by Mental's forces.

Mosque of Ibn Tulun[]

Main article: Mosque of Ibn Tulun

The Ibn Tulun mosque was the oldest and largest mosque in Cairo. It was the location for Sam's extraction when he needed a lift out of the city.


Serious Sam 3: BFE[]

Team Alpha on an UH-60 Black Hawk, en route to the Egyptian Museum.

Cairo plays an important role early in the game's campaign. Sam and the rest of Team Alpha are sent into Cairo to rescue Professor Stein from the Egyptian Museum, who has important data about the Time-Lock. Unfortunately, their helicopter is shot down soon after they enter the city. Sam finds a way into the museum, but is too late to save Stein, as he is killed before he can be rescued. Not all hope is lost though, as Sam did save the research that he found. After uploading the data, Sam escapes from the museum.

Once Sam is back out on the streets, he is contacted by Garret, who is tasked with extracting Sam out of the city. He gets to the extraction point, the Ibn Tulun mosque, but before Garret can land, his helicopter is shot down. After defeating the culprit responsbile, a Major Bio-mechanoid, Sam hurries to the helicopter's crash site to rescue Garret, but as soon as he approaches it, a strange creature takes control of the helicopter, transforming it into a Technopolyp. Sam runs from the Technopolyp, shutting down minigun turrets while eliminating any threats that stand in his way. He finds a rocket launcher near a gate, and uses it to destroy the Technopolyp. With the bird "secured", Quinn offers Sam another lift via helicopter, but he declines, saying it's too dangerous for anyone to fly in without getting shot down.

Having elected to travel to the Great Pyramid on foot, Sam meets heavier resistance from Mental's forces, but he is able to defeat them, and eventually he reaches a large, open area and the remains of destroyed buuldings. There, he gears up and deals with more of Mental's forces before a warship suddenly appears. The warship begins attacking Sam with its scorcher beams and teleports troops in to harass him, but Sam is able to damage the warship with his rocket launcher, which forces it to flee. With the area now clear of enemies, Sam finds a car nearby and uses it to drive out of the city and towards the Great Pyramid.

Like the rest of Egypt, Cairo was completely destroyed when Earth's Moon was hurled into it.


List of appearances[]