elcome back to another exciting segment where we take a glimpse into some of the most exciting and iconic games that have made a mark in history, and some of the hidden gems of the retro era.
Denise here and if you consider yourself a socially conscious gamer like myself, and if you enjoy solving grotesquely humorous, well some might say evil puzzles. Boy do I have a game to talk to you about, a game that has gained gamers and non-gamers attention all across the world, perhaps more since its first inception Abe’s Odyssey. This is the diabolically addicting puzzler known as Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus published by GT Interactive and developed by Oddworld Inhabitance.
Immediately after the events of the first inceptions of the series our green humanoid hero Abe steps into the world of corporate capitalism again, this time to save his fellow Mudokins from becoming slaves to develop a soft drink called Soul Storm Brew, made from their very own bones dug up from the dead buried bodies of their fellow Mudokins, and mixed with their tears.
Not only that the Mudokin captors the Glukins are forcing there slaves to live in the mines, stitching up the Mudokins eyes and mouths, fusing them with laughing gas, desecrating the spirits of the dead, and getting them hooked on to Soul Storm Brew to the point of getting terribly sick, really evil corporate illuminati stuff.
It’s up to Abe again to rescue as many Mudokins as possible from the mines and lead them all to freedom. If you’ve played Abe’s Odyssey before tackling its successor you will have a considerable advantage over those who have not. The object of each level is to save all of your Mudokin friends, whilst at the same time trying to keep them and yourself alive. First off you have your physical attributes to get you through each level, which includes running, sneaking, rolling into a Samus like ball and jumping up to reach a ledge.
The second weapon in your arsenal is incredibly important to learn and it is called Game Speak this is how you will command your charges to help you to help them get through the mine to safety, Game Speak includes functions like saying ‘Hi’ to get the Mudokins attention, telling them to ‘Follow you’ or ‘Stay Put’, mumbling Mudokins incantations, even slapping them around a bit to snap them out of a laughing gas daze.
It’s cute as it is the same time important as you hear Mudokin voices that sound like Woody Wood Pecker as he has inhaled a helium balloon, however unlike Abe’s Odyssey, Mudokins now have emotions such as depression or sickness from Soul Storm Brew dependency, anger from getting slapped one too many times by Abe, or even physical complications like being blind from getting their eyes sown shut.
To lead each Mudokin to safety the player need to keep all of this mind, whilst in time trying to get past infrequent obstacles like walls, pits, and the sleeping Sleg robot overseers, the game is two disks worth of the brain bending puzzles so make sure you are willing to put in the hours, a new attribute that will save you time is the Quiksave, allowing you to save anywhere in the level and come back to a checkpoint if you or your Mudokin buddies die whilst escaping.
For the old school gamer think Lemmings, for the new school gamer think Abe’s Exoddus is in a class all on its own, so keep your mind open while getting through this gripping platformer puzzle.