Oh, hello there! Welcome back to my blog, where I am currently participating in A Geeky Gal’s 30 Day Video Game Challenge for the entire month of September. Every day of this month, I will be doing my best to answer a specific, gaming related question, originally posed by Megan on her blog, which you can visit by clicking the link above. Without further ado, let’s get into answering the Day 4 question!
Day 4: What game deserves more love?
Well, I guess now it the time to tell you that I am totally, and utterly, ignorant on how popular certain games are, especially games that I played as a child, because I just didn’t pay attention to that sort of thing. I can list of dozens of massively popular games that I have played, like the Legend of Zelda series, all of the Mario games, World of Warcraft/Warcraft, literally every other Blizzard Entertainment game, etc., so I know that those certainly don’t have a place in this post… so, I’m kind of at a loss here. I’ve been trying to write this post for two days now, and I still just don’t know what to put.
In my previous post, I talked about how much I loved the Banjo-Kazooie games, and how I find myself returning to them throughout the years. I absolutely love them, and love talking about them. Until fairly recently, I thought that Banjo-Kazooie was a hidden gem, a secret game franchise that I had discovered, and kept under wraps, so that I could enjoy it all for myself… but I now know that that is not the case. At all. Banjo-Kazooie was actually wildly popular, and very successful, back in it’s hay day. So, that’s out.
Huh. I’m… stumped.
Well, maybe I’ll just tell you a little bit about another game that I played as a wee lass, that I have never really heard anyone mention before, even though I’m sure it was probably fairly popular way back when. I do know that it did later receive two sequels, so that means it wasn’t a total failure, right? This game was one of the first PC games that I ever played (aside from Putt Putt Saves the Zoo, but that’s another post entirely), and looking back on it now, it was pretty dark. Probably too dark for my innocent, little mind.
The game is called Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (1997).
Do you know it?
I was just seven years old when Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was released for both the PlayStation and, for PC, and since I didn’t have a computer at my house, I begged and begged my grandmother to buy it and put it on her computer. She was pretty technology illiterate, and knew nothing about games, or game ratings, so she bought it for me with little to no question. The game is rated T for Teen… and I was seven. Let that sink in.
In this dark, dystopian 2D platform game, you play as Abe, who is an alien-like, Mudokon slave prisoner at the RuptureFarms meat processing factory. One day, Abe learns that RuptureFarms is planning to slaughter he and his fellow Mudokons for tasty meat treats, because all of the creatures that the corporation is currently using for its meat products are becoming extinct. Abe sets out to escape, and liberate as many of his fellow Mudokon brethren as possible. This involves a lot of puzzle solving, obstacles, and encountering dangerous enemies.
In Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, the only way to save is by reaching checkpoints, and you die if you touch any obstacle or enemy directly, which makes completing some of the later, more difficult levels, pretty darn frustrating. Especially for a seven year old. I did beat the game though, so that says a lot about my gaming skills at that age, riiight?
While Abe isn’t particularly strong, and is next to useless in combat, he does have the ability to control NPC characters via telepathy in certain areas, which you can then use to attack enemies and solve certain puzzles. He can also pick up and throw certain objects to use them as weapons, and to activate mechanisms. So… not totally useless.
Although I loved playing Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, I never played any of the later released Oddworld games. Probably because my grandmother caught on that they weren’t exactly age appropriate for me, but I can’t really remember. Maybe I just didn’t know about them until years and years later. There were two sequels released after the first Oddworld game: Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus was released for PlayStation in 1998, and Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee was released for Xbox in 2001, which allowed players to play as a brand new character named Munch.
According to Wikipedia, a remake of Abe’s Oddysee was built using the Unity game engine, and was released in July of 2014 for the PS4, and then was later released for the PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PS3, PS Vita and Wii U.
Overall, even though I’ve never heard anyone else talk about the game, it appears that the Oddworld games did alright for themselves. I know I certainly enjoyed the first one, and it ignited a love for PC gaming that still loves on in me to this day, and I recommend that anyone who likes dark, strange, dystopian platform games (yeah, that’s pretty specific) give it a try. I’d like to pick it up again and play through it once more, if only for the sake of nostalgia. I do know that it’s on Steam, so maybe I’ll give it another go soon.
Thanks for reading my Day 4 post for the 30 Day Video Game Challenge! What games do you think deserves more love? Have you ever played any of the Oddworld games for yourself? I’d love to hear your responses!
You can read the rest of my 30 Days of Video Games posts HERE!