Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty! (PC) Review

By Az Elias 05.03.2021

Review for Oddworld: Abe

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, the 2014 remake of PlayStation classic Abe's Oddysee, has been reviewed enough times on Cubed3 for readers to know this side-scrolling stealthy puzzle game comes highly recommended on the majority of platforms it is available for. With the original's sequel, Abe's Exoddus, seeing its own reimagining in the form of Oddworld: Soulstorm released soon, one more quick look at New 'n' Tasty in preparation can't hurt.

Whilst Soulstorm is drastically altering aspects of the title it is bringing to the modern age, New 'n' Tasty stays a lot truer to form. The fully three-dimensional environments provide a more dynamic and closer look at Abe and the dystopian world he lives in, but in terms of the level layouts and gameplay at large, this is familiar territory for anyone that has played Abe's Oddysee in the past.

Screenshot for Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty! on PC

A strictly side-scrolling affair, plenty of improvements have been brought to this remake, such as added save options (checkpoints, quick saving and loading), difficulty options, and doing away with screen transitions to allow gameplay to flow more smoothly. Some additional save slots would have been beneficial, since points of no return exist, and it can be a bummer realising you cannot go back to rescue any missed Mudokons. Unfortunately, forced control stick movement is certainly a bugbear that seems odd considering actual analogue inputs aren't possible; Abe walks when it is pushed, and only runs with a button press.

Although New 'n' Tasty still comes with the frustrations of the original, and it is prone to the odd glitch or two, searching for and saving every Mudokon is an enormous, yet incredibly rewarding task. Extra secret areas that hold additional workers provide more thought-provoking puzzle sections, as Abe attempts to figure out how to get his buddies home and free whilst distracting, killing, or taking over enemies, and the humour contrasts perfectly with the harsh conditions of RuptureFarms and its bleak world.

Screenshot for Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty! on PC

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

A few niggling control issues and glitches aside, it is highly recommended to check out Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty before Soulstorm arrives this year. There is a lot to love about Abe's tough adventure, with stealth, puzzles, and plenty of other mechanics all at play in determining whether he saves his 299 Mudokon buddies or not. A one-of-a-kind side-scroller that still stands the test of time.

Developer

Just Add Water

Publisher

Oddworld Inhabitants

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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