Oddworld Abe's Exoddus
Written by Shigamoto   
Sunday, 27 February 2005
Oddworld Inhabitants a California developer have stormed the market with their different Oddworld games; they have started to call their games a complete universe. The prospect of a universe isn’t that farfetched when playing Abe’s Exoddus.


Abe’s Exoddus is the second in the series of four games. If you don’t know what the series is about let me give you a short recap. Abe is a Mudokon (basically a little blue or green creature with a strange posture).

The Mudokons is being discriminated and used as slaves by the evil Glukkons. In Exoddus the Glukkon company, SoulStorm has started to mine for Mudokon bones in their city of the dead, Necrum. Mudokon bones are the essential ingredients in the SoulStorm Brew, which is an addictive brew that is quite popular.

To mine the bones the company use Mudokon slaves. Of course this is outrageous and something has to be done, it’s up to Abe to fix it. So the game finally begins after a complicated but nevertheless imaginative story.

Abe’s Exoddus is made as a platform game. Your main objective is to rescue the slaves by talking and interacting with them. But you also have to give them orders to get through certain levels, so there are some puzzle elements.

Interaction with the slaves is pretty easy. Usually you just ask them to follow you, sometimes you have to comfort them and then as them. In other cases laughing gas is released, which make the Mudkons delirious, the only solution is to slap them back to their senses. You will also interact with other creatures such as Scrabs and the evil Glukkons, usually to do your dirty work.

Between each level cut scenes are presented in the usual order. The game really makes you feel like you are sitting and watching a movie, and it could just as easily have been one of those 3D rendered movies.

The graphics in the game are actually quite beautiful, everything is 3D rendered complete with different lightning effects. I really love the backgrounds and environments, which is really detailed and nice.

I usually don’t complain about stories because I think games should have a well-written story. But I think the story in Abe’s Exoddus is too complicated for the player to grasp. However the game play and graphics is great so it will get 8 points anyway.

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Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants
Website for Game: http://www.oddworld.com/games/ow_abeexo.shtml
Publisher: GT Interactive
O/S: Win 95/98/ME (Doesn’t work on Windows NT/XP)
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 1998

Pentium 166 MHz, 16 MB RAM
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card


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