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- "Now, let's start this adventure for real!"
- ―Sam Stone
Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is an indie sprite-based action-adventure video game developed by Crackshell (in conjunction with Croteam) and published digitally by Devolver Digital for Microsoft Windows and SteamOS on June 20, 2017. The game is part of the Serious Sam indie series and is the sixth indie spin-off overall.
The game starts with Sam inside the Temple of Ptah, where the Shrine of Amon-Ra lays within; an important item for which Sam will need later on his mission. Sam makes it out of the temple, fighting some more of Mental's forces. While he is fighting, NETRICSA tells Sam that she is curious as to why so many of Mental's forces are coming down from the north.
Along the way, Sam encounters a race of mutants called the Orcs; once ordinary Zorgs who were sent to Earth by Mental after he forged an alliance with the Mental-Altani corporation, a wide-scale planetary mining company. With the help of Mental-Altani, it seems that Mental is planning on overthrowing Earth as part of his scheme to wipe out humanity in the past.
Sam arrives in Alexandria and makes his way to the Great Library, where Mental has stationed one of his commanders, Major Slick Stinger, to defend the area. Sam defeats Slick Stinger and heads for a ship that is boarding for Greece. On the way to Greece, the ship is detroyed during a thunderstorm, and Sam is washed ashore on a beach not far from the city of Troy. With no weapons and having to battle his way against mutated wildlife, he ends up in a large butchery, where an Orc aircraft is parked nearby. Sam makes his way closer to Troy, and has to find the missing parts for the aircraft in order to fly it. Sam defeats more of Mental's troops before encountering the Fattie Swallower, a large Scrapjack with a massive appetite. Before Sam can get the keycard, the Fattie Swallower eats it, forcing Sam to kill him in order to retrieve it. With the missing aircraft parts obtained, Sam repairs it and uses the plane to fly to Greece. There, he learns from NETRICSA that there is a portal on top of Mount Olympus, which is where Mental's troops are coming from.
Fighting his way up the mountain, Sam encounters a large Aludran Reptiloid who is guarding the portal. After a big fight, Sam obtains the last fragment of the keycard which he uses to access the portal. It turns out the portal is connected to a military base on the Moon, which was constructed by Mental-Altani to send their troops down to Earth. Sam navigates his way through the base, destroying the power generator in the process, and finds out about Mental's ultimate plan: to destroy the Earth with weapons of mass destruction carrying an extremely dangerous species of pathogen that are capable of wiping out entire planets.
With help from NETRICSA, Sam hacks the missiles so that they will destroy the base instead of Earth once they are lanched. Before Sam can launch them, however, he is confronted by the Director, head of the Risk Assessment Body of Mental-Altani. After a brief duel with the Director, Sam tracks him down again, who is now in the launch command room. There, he forces Sam to battle two war utility mechs, Tech-X and PRIME-209, but not long before the Director launches the missiles, which initiates a countdown in the process. With only minutes to spare before the base is destroyed, Sam almost defeats the Director, but he teleports away before Sam can finish him off. Sam escapes the base and steals a parked spacecraft before the base is destroyed. After escaping, NETRICSA tells Sam that he can now relax back on Earth after taking a 'bogus detour', and continue with his original mission.
- Beheaded Kamikaze
- Evil Ferdinand (Boss) (survival mode only)
- Fattie Swallower (Boss)
- Firestarter (Boss) (survival mode only)
- Infected Fish
- Infected Flower
- Infected Gnaar
- Infected Tortoise
- Juvenile Antaresian Spider
- Kleer Skeleton
- Lava Golem
- Light Orc Zone Trooper
- Major Bio-mechanoid
- Major Slick Stinger (Boss)
- Marsh Hopper
- Minor Bio-mechanoid
- Obsidian Elite Kamikaze
- Ooze Spawn
- Orc Assassin
- Orc Butcher
- Orc Cadet
- Orc Captain
- Orc Scientist
- Orc Sniper
- Orc Trooper
- PRIME-209 (Boss)
- Sirian Werebull
- Tech-X (Boss)
- Tetrachoke the Wizard (Boss)
- Anti-Humanity Sensor Mine: An anti-personnel mine that only reveals itself when the target gets close to it. When the targets steps on it or if the mine is destroyed, it explodes.
- AS-24 Devastator: An automatic shotgun that uses high-piercing explosive rounds as ammunition. Has decent accuracy, range, and splash damage overall.
- Auto Shotgun: An eight-barrelled shotgun with a tight spread, but has a high rate of fire. Useful against groups of weak enemies.
- Erasergun: A portable railgun that uses supersonic bolts to deliver high-range beams at enemies. Can cut through multiple enemies at a time or deal high damage to tough targets.
- Fists: Melee weapon which comes by default when starting a new game. Very weak against enemies but useful as a last resort.
- Flamethrower:: A powerful gasoline-fed flamethrower which serves as an efficient crowd-control weapon.
- Laser Cannon: An automatic energy weapon that fires powerful laser beams at the target. Deals moderate damage in succession. It is based on the XL2 Lasergun from the classic games, but has two barrels instead of four.
- Lightersaber: A powerful melee weapon based on the iconic weapon from the Star Wars franchise.
- Oozegun: Fires a blob of ooze at the target that damages it over time. The player can press down the fire key to charge the oozegun to launch the projectiles at further distances.
- Pistol: Semi-automatic firearm that is dual-wielded. Has unlimited ammunition, but a weak damage output and low rate of fire. Can be upgraded to deal more damage and increase its fire rate.
- SBC Cannon: A portable artillery weapon that uses uranium-filled cannonballs as ammo.
- Scrap Cannon: A weapon that fires high-damaging scrap projectiles. It can only be ported into the game with the use of modding software.
- Sledgehammer: A melee weapon that can crush several weak enemies in a row.
- Slicer: A utility tool that fires sawblades which can bounce and ricochet off walls and destroy obstacles in its path, as well as dealing damage to anything that comes into contact with them.
- Shotgun: A pump-action shotgun with a wide spread and decent rate of fire, but low firepower. Can be upgraded for increased range and higher fire rate.
- Super Shotgun: A double-barrelled shotgun that functions identically to that of the Double Barrel Coach Gun from other Serious Sam games.
- The Shaft: A lightning gun that fires a constant stream of electricity when the fire key is held down. It deals extra damage to metal-based enemies.
- Thompson submachine gun: Fully automatic submachine gun. Useful for clearing small to medium groups of weak enemies, but not much against larger groups.
- Tower: An automatic sentry weapon which is often found in Orc bases, guarding the area from intruders. There are three types of towers, each one firing different types of projectiles at targets.
- Wall Laser: Automatic weapon that fires rapid bursts of lasers when someone steps over its red laser sight.
- XM214-A Minigun: An automatic weapon with an extremely fire rate of fire, but expends ammunition quickly.
- XPML21 Rocket Launcher: A powerful rocket launcher. Deals high damage to tough enemies or can be used against weak masses of targets.
Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is much like any other Serious Sam game, but the game is set from a 2D perspective rather than 3D games. The main objective of the game is to battle hordes of enemies while making it through to the next level.
The game is set in several locations, such as Alexandria and Memphis in Egypt, the city of Troy in the Mediterranean, Mount Olympus in Greece, and biological weapon laboratories set inside a high-tech moon base.
The player is able to change their skin with the in-game menu, with multiple skins to choose from, such as Canned Cain, Dancing Denzell, or Mighty Marvin. There is no sprinting mechanic, but the player can roll by pressing the jump key (some characters have different animations when performing this action). Doing so uses up a dash charge each time, which is steadily replenished once the players resumes normal movement. The player can increase the dash recharge rate with perks.
The player can upgrade their weapons or character's abilities, which can increase their chances of survival as the game progresses. These upgrades can be bought with stars. They are usually placed in random areas throughout the level and can also be found in secrets. The player will also receive a star bonus when they level up.
There are three types of upgrades; combat, survival, and weaponry upgrades; combat upgrades increase weapon range and ammo capacity, reduce reload speed, or provide weapons with a faster rate of fire; survival upgrades let the player increase their health and armor capacity, or upgrade their movement speed; weaponry upgrades increase a weapon's firepower or potential on the battlefield.
The game features several gamemodes. The game features a single-player campaign, survival mode (which can be played either offline or with up to 12 players) and online multiplayer (for up to 4 players in the cooperative campaign and 12 players in both versus and survival modes) and full modding support, which can allow players to make their own mods, gamemodes, and even change the game completely with the game editor.