In Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, you play Abe, a Mudokon (a funny looking humanoid type creature) working at the Rupture Farms meat processing plant. Abe is relatively happy with his lot until he discovers a plan to reverse shrinking profits by turning the Mudokon workers into processed meat munchies. Needless to say, once this discovery is made, Abe’s job satisfaction takes a dramatic tumble, and he goes on the lam to try to save his race from becoming snack food.
GT Interactive was making every claim in the book regarding Oddworld, and has gone so far as to say it combines every genre of gaming into one incredible experience. In truth, it doesn’t go nearly that far. Oddworld is a side-scroller in the truest sense. Just as in nearly every side-scroller since the beginning of time, you’ll run, jump, dangle from ledges, and sneak through shadows as you gradually make your way from left to right.
However, the care and attention paid to this simple formula is what makes Abe’s Oddysee such a treat. Abe also has something called Gamespeak, a series of eight different words, whistles, and bodily noise used to give orders to other Mudokons to move so that you can rescue them. There are also some “Simon Says”-type puzzles where you must repeat the whistles in sequence.