Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee made its appearance back in 2001 as an exclusive title for the original Xbox video game console. At the time, it was one of the most advanced games in terms of graphical implementations. Now more than a decade has passed and we see the revival of this very game, this time, in HD currently available for the Playstation Network.
In Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD, you play as one of the two main characters: Munch and Abe. During gameplay, you’ll be switching between them with a simple press of a button, just like you would in Donkey Kong Country. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses. For instance, Munch is able to get through water easily than on land since he only has one flipper to walk on. In addition, he is able to free the little creatures that are held captive in their cages with the help of an electric implant in his head. As for Abe, he can travel much better on land and his special ability is to use his mind control. Therefore, he is able to open a switch or cause explosions if he simply thinks about it.
Because Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD is a revamp of the original Xbox game, the level of detail won’t be as high as you would come to expect from games nowadays. On top of that, there were moments where objects would flicker because of the camera as your character moves about. Furthermore, the cut scenes’ appearance have a huge contrast in comparison to the actual gameplay, which is in HD. Despite these issues, the game does have enough appeal for players to appreciate its overall graphics. The characters and environments are well-designed while the color scheme is plentiful and attractive.
Complementing well with the game’s atmosphere and feel is its audio implementations. The soundtrack is diverse and never feels old. Also, the sound effects works really well here, especially with its light hearted nature. Expect a lot of crazy silliness contained in this particular Playstation 3 game. Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD pokes a lot of fun at itself and will have you laughing until you fall off your seats.
The game is essentially a 3D platformer where you are able to explore your world. You don’t really have abilities to attack enemies. However, as mentioned before, one of your characters, Abe, is able to mind control some of them. By collecting Spooce, you’ll be able to use this particular ability. As you progress further in the game, you’ll come across certain enemies that won’t be mind controlled. Therefore, your main option here is avoidance.
You do have a karma system which is measured depending on the number of creatures you save. Hence, the more of them you save the better your ending will be. This is also indicative of the fact that the basic goal of this game is to be the hero and rescue. Specifically, in every level, you’ll be finding these creatures, robbing the Glukkon, and finally reaching the exit. Although the environments do vary and the gameplay is open-ended, it may feel repetitive in due time. Nevertheless, there is quite a few qualities and charm with Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD that compensate.
Although there may be a few issues with this game, it manages to stand out as a high definition classic worthy of recognition. Currently, you can get this game from the Playstation Network for $9.99 which is more than a fair price to pay. Those of you who missed out on Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee because of its exclusivity for the Xbox, now is your chance to enjoy this game, this time with the HD treatment.