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Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee by Microsoft Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
by Microsoft

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00005NZ1K

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• Third release in the Oddworld adventure series
• Guide Abe and Munch as they rescue Abe's captured mommy and deliver payback
• Use psychic powers, cool power-ups, way-out vehicles, and more
• Features oddball creatures, off-the-wall action, and outlandish goons
• For 1 to 2 players Abe, the strange Mudokon, is back with his powers to possess enemies and lead other Mudokons. This time he's joined by a Gabbit named Munch, an amphibious creature that can communicate with Fuzzles and shoot electric beams. They are definitely two of the weirdest characters in gaming, but they ooze personality, partially because of their design and mainly because of the outstanding voice acting provided by Lorne Lanning, president of Oddworld Inhabitants. Although the characters are cute, in a peculiar way, the game's dark humor gives them an edge.

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee is primarily a puzzle game, with some action and adventure thrown in. The puzzles are great brainteasers that require players to use the special abilities of the two characters, know when to switch between them, and know when to guzzle performance-enhancing SoBe beverages. Several of the game's best puzzles get the player so caught up in their conventions that they overlook much simpler solutions.

This curious world seems totally believable through the power of Xbox. The mountains, water, caves, and factories in this foreign world are extremely detailed and lifelike. The in-game cutscenes are comparable to Pixar movies. Although the Oddworld games for the PlayStation had spot-on personality and gameplay, the Xbox has truly brought the developers' visions to life.

Oddworld Inhabitants has crafted a captivating experience that's imaginative, clever, and beautiful. Simply put, this is a must-have Xbox title. --Raymond M. Padilla

Unmatched uniqueness and personality
Awe-striking cutscenes
Addictive brainteasers

Might not have enough action for impatient gamers
Quite possibly, too strange for some Product Description: The power-packing Xbox hardware delivers the third Oddworld title in one of the most brilliantly realized settings to grace any gaming system. Blending unique gameplay, humorous characters and interactions, and the aforementioned graphics, Munch's Oddysee simply feels unlike any other game in the 2001 console gaming lineup. Players control two characters in the game: Munch, a wheelchair-bound hero, and Abe, a character some gamers will recognize from previous Oddworld games. Their goal is to find and free the Mudokon queen, keeper of the remaining eggs of an endangered species.

Both characters feature unique talents that, via a tag-team style of play, propel the player through the game. For instance, Abe can climb and jump to reach new areas, as well as temporarily possess an enemy's soul via a chant. The web-footed Munch can swim to new areas and, when on the roll in his wheelchair, use his sonar plug to control machinery remotely. Saving an entire race also requires a coordinated effort on everyone's part. To get the job done quickly, players can deliver verbal commands to kinsmen. They'll gladly greet you (in a witty manner), then gang up on a mean-spirited enemy or accomplish difficult tasks for you. As with the rest of the game world, the finely detailed characters and environments, as well as a refreshing charm, draw you into an experience with the quality of a Pixar film. Prepare for gaming to get very odd indeed.

Customer Reviews:
Fricken Funny Game!, November 2, 2002
Reviewer: gracie0001 from Menomonie, WI United States
I love this game. It isn't a serious kill'em all game but it is a great puzzle. The characters are awesome. Since the price is so low on this game, you should pick it up right away!

OOOO - YEAH!, October 30, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Brookings, SD United States
This game was the reason I bought my XBox, and while I wasn't dissapointed, I do miss the old 2D platform format. The gameplay is exceptionally smooth, and in spots funny as hell. The indiviual levels are challenging, but up until the end, not so hard that a player can't reasonably figure them out.

Also, and this is very important to me, this 3D game doesn't give me a headache the same way many of the games for N64 did. The camera stays directly behind Abe and Munch almost all the time.

All in all, this game us very worth consideration. It's not as difficult as the first two PS1 games, but it's just as pretty, some of the environments are friggin' huge, and the characters range from mildly disturbing to outright hilarious. Buy it now. NOW I TELL YOU!

Better to rent, October 27, 2002
Reviewer: Walter Reade from Appleton, WI United States
Nice graphics, a few exciting moments, and kinda cute. But the gameplay is bland and and doesn't do a good job of captivating the player.

This is why I bought the Xbox, October 18, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Minneapolis, MN USA
I bought the Xbox for this game, since I loved both the Oddworld games on Playstation. It's a little short, but brilliant. Quirky, with a sense of humor and interesting puzzles. The graphics are stunning--you'll find yourself walking up to the edges of cliffs to look out at the vista.

There's supposed to be a sequel, Munch's Exoddus, but it's taking forever to come out. I'm dying to see what Oddworld does next.

A kinder, gentler Oddysee., October 18, 2002
Reviewer: Druff from earth
The original Oddworld game, Abe's Oddysee, was...challenging. ( I never got around to playing Abe's Exxodus.) It was definitely a thinking man's game. It appeared to be a platformer, but in truth, it was a puzzle game through and through. The controls were not geared towards true platforming action. It was about figuring out what precise series of steps you had to take to reach areas, and also how to help others to reach areas. For the most part, Munch's Oddysee is the same sort of game. ... I never encountered any puzzle that was as tough to crack as the toughest puzzles in Abe's Oddysee. I don't object to the few levels in which you send a squad of allies to attack enemies. When you spend so much time in the game sneaking around and fearing for your life, turning the tables on the bad guys once in a while feels great. One thing that hurts the challenge level is that you can literally save anywhere. ANYWHERE. In the original, if you had to run a long gaunlet of several tough manuvers, you just had to keep trying over and over until you were able to perform them all in one try. In this game, if you're faced with a series of 20 demanding jumps, you can make the first jump, save, make the second jump, save etc. If you miss the final jump, rather than have to start back at the beginning, you can just reload your last "quicksave" and try that final jump until you get it.

Great Game, October 13, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Pullman, Washington
This is a great game! It has wonderful graphics during gameplay and especially during the movies. It has an interesting plot and everything is really funny. It isn't too hard or too easy. The only problem is that it is really short (25 levels, I think). You could just play it over and try to get perfect quarma. Your quarma is how many fuzzles, scrubs, and egg crates you rescue and how many fuzzles, scrubs, egg crates, mudocians, towmahawkers, and mud archers you don't kill.

Kind of Weird, August 29, 2002
Reviewer: ajcar1992 from Baltimore, MD USA
This game is really wierd. But it is fun in the end. I think most people will like it. If you like Shrek this ones for you. If you like Whacked you will probably like this. If you don't like both of them you may not like this and I suggest you rent it.

Very fun game, August 19, 2002
Reviewer: A 10-year old gamer
This game is very fun.I spent hours playing it.Really easy though.I wish it had more puzzle and less fighting.Its humor is for mostly teens and adults.I dont recomend this game for people 7 and under.Its a great game though.5 stars!

A Very Entertaining Game, August 15, 2002
Reviewer: sbarnett15 from Brentwood, TN
A very weird, but entertaining plot, Munch's Oddysee starts off with explaining each characters (Munch and Abe) story. It's up to you (the gamer) to save Oddworld from the evil Vykkers, greedy bigwigs, and the Glukkons! You will be playing the game as Munch AND Abe, always switching back and forth between levels, or in the same level. You will be saving from fuzzles about to fry, to Muddokins about to die!!! Sound ODD so far?!?

Munch's Oddysee has to be the PERFECT puzzle game for pretty much anyone w/ a crazy and funny sense of humor. Even parents can get hooked on this great puzzler! With great eye candy, and great visuals of camera angles, this game did not hold back on graphics and creativity! Through the levels, you will need to work through some puzzles to move through to later stages. Most of the time, Munch and Abe will need to work as a team. Although there are some levels that include fighting and violence, its pure fun and excitement, rather than blood and gore.(Making it very suitable for young ages!) You will also need to save many furry little creatures called fuzzles, and Abes friends called Muddokins.(Who are pretty brain dead, and really needs Abe's guidance! :))

If you are looking for a crazy, odd game that will keep you playing for hours on end, and never ending in excitement, im sure this game will be for you! With great graphics, puzzles, and characters, this game is great for all ages! You may want to rent this game before buying just to make sure this is the game that you can get into! I hope this review helped you in deciding if this games for you! :)

If there was a no star option I would choose it!, July 31, 2002
Reviewer: A 12-year old gamer
I hate this game! The stupid thing is so ugly! I would rather throw my pc into a fire than play that again! PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS GAME!!!!! If you do I will feel very sad for you!

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