Back in 1997 the world was treated to a game called Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. It was made by developers Oddworld Inhabitants and Saffire Corporation and it was a raging success. I remember owning it when I was around 6 years old. I don’t remember how I acquired it but I remember being scared of it for a long time. When I finally did get around to playing it, I loved it so I thought it would be the perfect game to feature on Throwback Thursday.
The Story Of Abe’s Oddysee
Abe’s Oddysee is centered around a main character called, surprisingly, Abe. He is of a species known as the Mudokans and he starts out as a slave ‘working’ as a meat packer in Rupture Farms meat processing plant for the evil Molluck. Right off the bat, you can see that there are mature themes involved (themes that went straight over my head as a child). During the opening scene you see that Rupture Farms have stopped producing Meech Munchies. This was due to Meeches being hunted to extinction for their meat. Abe spots Molluck delivering sales figures to investors which show Rupture Farms in some trouble but he has a plan. He is going to launch a new “New ‘N’ Tasty” product called Mudokan Pops made from, you guessed it, Mudokans. Seeing this give Abe an instant fright and he knows that he has to escape (and help his comrades escape) to avoid being thrown in the meat grinder.
Abe’s Oddysee is a 2 platformer, puzzle solving adventure game. In it players have a selection of unusual controls. There is a button to communicate with fellow mudokans, a button to turn a flock of birds into a portal (this is a power that Abe uses to help other mudokans escape) and even a button to fart. That’s right, there is a fart on command button. As a child this was my favourite thing about the game and as an adult it still makes me laugh.
Throughout the game you will have to climb obstacles, dodge meat grinders, distract enemies, set traps and guide your fellow mudokans to safety. It won’t be easy though, as with most PlayStation games of this time, to play Abe’s Oddysee well and save a lot of your friends is difficult. Until you have truly mastered the mechanics you will die quite a lot. If you don’t die then your fellow mudokans will. That is one of the reasons that, as an adult, I enjoy Abe’s Oddysee so much. There is no hand holding, no glaringly obvious hints; you are left to your own devices. Many of the stages will require a lot of trial and error but when you do accomplish it you get an unbelievable amount of satisfaction/relief.
Oh, and by the way, did I mention there is a button to fart on command?
Where to buy?
You can either track down someone with the original PlayStation game or you can buy the updated “New’N’Tasty” version that was released two years ago on Steam, click here.