Abe's Oddysee

So it’s no secret that I love puzzle-platformers. While the granddaddies of this wonderful genre harkens back to the days of the NES and Sega Master System, there was a time in the days of the PS1 where they seemingly got it just right.

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While everyone was waiting with bated breath for E3 announcements from the major camps of Microsoft and Sony, I was trading my dreams of Halo 9s and Battlefield 17s for dreams of a strange, pony-tailed humanoid lizard thing called a Mudoken.

This particular Mudoken was named Abe and he was tasked with the major undertaking of saving his entire race from the enslavement of another species. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddyssee (1997) is a shining example of what puzzle-platforming should be at its core. It wasn’t as infuriatingly difficult as some of today’s modern puzzle-platformers, but no cakewalk either.

The game saw a few sequels but the buck stopped in 2005 on Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, by which point it had lost a lot of its initial puzzle-platforming elements.

Fans of the series who were still clamoring for another Oddworld game got their wish in 2008 when Jeff Braun, co-founder of game developer Maxis, announced that a new Oddworld game was coming. The project changed hands over the next few years until its title Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New N’ Tasty! was revealed along with some enticing game footage that saw the 2d platformer that started it all get an HD makeover.

After sitting in limbo for a while it appears (based on Sony’s E3 conference last night) that the long-awaited remake will finally see the light of day on the PS4.

If you haven’t played the original, and you’re a fan of puzzle-platformers, do yourself a favor and get acquainted.

Which game from last night’s E3 conferences are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!

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