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According to TorrentFreak, Serious Sam's Bogus Detour [Steam] is being pirated by Voksi, one of the people known for cracking Denuvo.

In this article, Torrent freak describes how the pirate Voksi is a fan of the Serious Sam Franchise and was actually a beta tester of Serious Sam, as well as being listed in the credits for that reason.

The game was released in June which included day-1 Linux support. Despite positive reviews and a "Very Positive" user rating on steam, 6 months later, the game didn't even cover development costs, let alone make a profit. It was a flop!

Voksi contacted the developers and they agreed to have him pirate the game for marketing purposes. They created a special build that's fully playable, even with network play. The special build is slightly less polished and always displays a message at the bottom of the screen saying, 

We are small indie studio. If you liked the game, please consider buying it. Thank you and enjoy the game!

While the special build is for Windows, these developers are unconventional in their methods. They support Linux which unfortunately is also unconventional in the gaming industry. Serious Sam's Bogus detour has been mentioned here a few times before on GOL. (Note: It is available on GOG as well, but not the Linux version)

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g000h 14 March 2018 at 7:26 pm UTC
Bought the game for Linux a few months back, soon after it was released. Installed it and played it for a while. In my opinion it has decent game play and I was enjoying it, and plan to come back to playing it some more eventually.

Thinking it is a shame that it isn't generating more sales. It is a good game!
Captain_Rage 14 March 2018 at 9:52 pm UTC
Humdidum, where to start.... I bought Serious Sam's Bogus Detour on release date on GOG, because it looked like a really good game and I wanted to support the developers. Now it's easy to find very positive reviews of the game on Youtube. Shame it didn't pick up more popularity (seriously, the game looks so fun!). The only annoying part is that I seldom or ever use Windows nowadays, which makes it feel like getting screwed over by the developers because there is still no GNU/Linux port on GOG. I bought it because I wanted the support the developers (the GNU/Linux version of HammerWatch on GOG was great fun) and the game looks really awesome. Now exactly the same thing happened with Heroes of HammerWatch. I got it on GOG on release date, just to find out that there isn't any GNU/Linux port. Will I get my purchase refunded? No, since I want to support the devs. Do I hope that the devs realize that porting a game just like they did with the first HammerWatch is the way to go? I really hope so. Please, release a GNU/Linux version on GOG, even if it won't happen tomorrow.
If a game is good people will pay for it, yes (so ditch that silly DRM and make a GNU/Linux port).
torham 15 March 2018 at 5:07 am UTC
I was planning to buy this game, until I found out that even on GOG you must install and use the Galaxy DRM if you want to play over the network. They did it again with Heroes of Hammerwatch too, even after getting bad reviews for it. I'm unlikely to buy from these guys again.
Beamboom 6 years 15 March 2018 at 7:35 am UTC
To be honest... This looks like a game that should be free to begin with. Something that's made in one of those semi automatic "game maker" apps.
g000h 15 March 2018 at 10:56 am UTC
BeamboomTo be honest... This looks like a game that should be free to begin with. Something that's made in one of those semi automatic "game maker" apps.

That's a bit harsh. It is one of these retro-style pixel-art games, like "Enter The Gungeon" or "Hammerwatch". The characters are animated fine, the game plays well. The audio is good too with Serious Sam quotes cropping up all over. The different monsters and levels are designed to be like they've come from the 3D Serious Sam FPS games.
Beamboom 6 years 15 March 2018 at 11:01 am UTC
g000hThat's a bit harsh. It is one of these retro-style pixel-art games, like "Enter The Gungeon" or "Hammerwatch".

Well, I do have similar thoughts about a good deal of those releases using the "retro" label as a shield against criticism. The game mechanics/"ai" here - all judged by the video - looks like one of the games I wrote as a hobby project while still in school. I think we are too forgiving as soon as someone take claim of the "retro" label.
Eike 15 March 2018 at 11:06 am UTC
BeamboomWell, I do have similar thoughts about a good deal of those releases using the "retro" label as a shield against criticism. The game mechanics/"ai" here - all judged by the video - looks like one of the games I wrote as a hobby project while still in school. I think we are too forgiving as soon as someone take claim of the "retro" label.

Where did you release those?
Beamboom 6 years 15 March 2018 at 1:22 pm UTC
EikeWhere did you release those?

Release? Dude that wasn't even an idea that struck my mind. This is pre-"indie" era, you had to have a distributor. And my games were nothing to release, they are just a few hours worth of coding, to try out stuff. Games with logic like Pac-Man, Snake, Caterpillar etc. Ridiculously simple logic based on positioning, with enemy movement responding to your position.

It really was nothing to bother the masses with at all.


Last edited by Beamboom on 15 March 2018 at 1:23 pm UTC
Cybolic 15 March 2018 at 3:01 pm UTC
I actually completely missed that this came out for Linux! I remember reading about it before it came out, but I don't believe Linux was mentioned where-ever I read about it.
So, in short, if they hadn't pulled the free-piracy-trick, it would have remained missed for me. Good work Voksi and Devolver Digital!
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After having this game in the wishlist for a long time this news pushed me to finally buy it. Man is it fun! I really hope this gives them some well deserved sells, because the game is really good. Thanks for spreading the news, and hats off to Crackshell for doing something novel (and for supporting linux of course)
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