Abe, the strange Mudokon, is back with his powers to possess enemies and lead other Mudokons. This time he's joined by a Gabbit named Munch, an amphibious creature that can communicate with Fuzzles and shoot electric beams. They are definitely two of … see full wiki
MUNCH'S ODDYSEE is the first game in the Oddysee franchise that I have played. The first two games in the series were released on Playstation formats, but MUNCH'S ODDYSEE came out on X-Box and was one of the launch games of that system. I first played this game at a friend's house not long after it came out. I was fascinated by the amazing graphics and having different characters in the world literally follow the main characters around. It wasn't until recently, however, that I was able to get the game myself and play it all the way through.
MUNCH'S ODDYSEE is the third game in the Oddworld series. If you're like me and have never played any of the other games in the series, that's okay because there's a movie at the beginning of the game that explains Abe's adventures in the first two games and the connection between Abe's race, the Mudokon's, and Gabe's race, the Gabbits. Munch is the last living Gabbit, but is captured by the evil Vykkers, a race of creatures bent on domination, consumerism, industrialism, and environmental destruction. Munch is taken captive and one of the early levels of MUNCH'S ODDYSEE involves helping Munch escape from the Vykker's labs' ship. Once Abe and Munch meet up, the general storyline of the game involves getting back to the Vykker's Labs ship to rescue the egg crates full of Mudokon young and save the last can of Gabbit eggs in existence.
The graphics in the game are amazing. It feels and looks like you are playing a movie. This shouldn't come as a surprise because the Oddworld series was originally conceived as a set of films. However, the company, Oddworld Inhabitants, started making video games instead. Oddworld Inhabitants has gone back to their original plans and the first Oddworld movie is apparently in production.
As for game play, MUNCH'S ODDYSEE is simple enough that even most beginning gamers can play along fairly easily, yet the game has enough challenges to make it interesting enough for life-long gamers. The game is fun to play and appeals to children and young adults, but has enough humor and oddity to appeal that it appeals to older gamers, too. Now that I've experienced Oddworld, I'm looking forward to the cinematic tales Oddworld Inhabitants will bring.