Mudokons have to be saved once again in Oddworld Abe’s Exoddus, and this time it is a bit easier task. Although odds are still against Abe and his friends.
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Old games still challenge today’s titles with their difficulty and unique concept. Back in days, completing a game was an achievement on its own as that was rather difficult task. There was also a huge waiting time for the next game to be released, but those were all games worth playing. In that glorious days we got Abe and Oddworld.
The second title by Oddworld Inhabitants comes with an easier gameplay as you can save your progress at any point. Abe, an ugly looking yet cute Mudokon, is back and he has to save more of his fellows in the Exoddus. He is still a cheerful guy with and why wouldn’t he be after all that he has done to destroy RuptureFarms. Now, peaceful Oddworld inhabitants are facing another threat as Glukkons came up with a delicious idea and called it SoulStorm Brew. The recipe for this Brew is quite unique, with ingredients being bones of Mudokons and electrically extracted Mudokon tears. Abe has to do something and save his friends. Good thing is that Abe narrates the story in a past tense, meaning it already happened and you cannot die. Well you can, but if you save progress frequently it will be a lot easier to complete a game then it was in the previous one.
You will, once again, use Gamespeak to solve puzzles while controlling Abe. This is one of those things when words are most powerful than a sword. Without a single weapon, you will guide Abe through screens, talk to other Mudokons, defeat enemies and do whatever it takes to escape the cruel faith. Gamespeak has been improved in the Exoddus, though it would seem like SoulStorm Brew has to do with it. Mudokons are drunk on it, getting crazy and angry, blind and hilarious. You will have to let them follow you carefully, or they might just run past you and end up being shot by a Glukkon. With a handful of new commands, as well as the old ones, you will spend a lot of time calming blind and crazed Mudokons down. With an ability to Slap them, you can get them to calm down, though it can also make them angry. Apologizing is a good way to make them like you again.
You are equipped with super explosive farts and using those is extremely needed in numerous situations. Chanting is here as well so you can possess evil creatures and make them shoot each other, or some other predator. Glukkons, Paramites, Scrabs and Sligs are all there and more vicious than ever. Saving at least 150 Mudokons out of 300 is not that hard, yet you will find yourself wanting to save them all. That Pokémon effect again, got to have them all.
Some said that Exoddus was just an offshoot of the Oddysee, and not a true sequel, but I cannot agree with that. Everything has been improved in this title, from visuals to gameplay. Mudokons you will encounter and try to rescue are complex this time. For instance they turn red when angry, or pale when sick. Reminds me of those mood rings and amulets we used to wear as kids and believe that they actually changed colour depending on how we felt. In fact, you will have to find different rings in a game. Shaman will give you a healing ring, for instance and you will have to chant to make sick fellows feel better. Exoddus introduced various new gameplay functions and that brought an improved gaming experience. The one I liked most is an ability to save more than one Mudokon at a same time, along with option to save my progress every time I saved one, or started a new screen.
Visually, Abe’s Exoddus is still the 2D platform game, with improved graphics such as skin-changing colour of Mudokons and better looking backgrounds with more details on them. Environments are so diverse in this one, and accompanied with humorous cutscenes which are stunningly gorgeous. Effects are great, for a game that was released in 1998 and still looks like one of the best platformers in a gaming history. Voiceover has been done perfectly, you really get to feel for Mudokons after hearing their sad and cute voices.
Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus was and still is the platformer that is well liked within gaming community. Challenging puzzles, humour, unique art-style and gameplay provide for hours of fun. The game got everything that a first one had, and a lot more. Being able to save anywhere did not take out the challenge if you still want to save them all. It simply provided a more enjoyable game, without having to replay numerous screens that you already done before you died. You should give it a go and see for yourself why so many gamers still play the game even though it has been almost 20 years since its release.
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