Abe’s Oddysee: New ‘n’ Tasty
Everyone wants to eat you
$7.99 From Oddworld Inhabitants Inc, oddworld.com Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 8.0 or later An iOS port of the PlayStation 4 update of the 1997 PlayStation original Abe’s Oddysee, New ‘n’ Tasty is the third Oddworld game to appear on the App Store despite being canonically the first in the series. It was always one of the best, too.
Abe is a Mudokon, a green slave creature who mops floors at the splendidly named Rupture Farms, owned by Molluck the Glukkon. Far from being a farm, it’s a meat processing plant that drives species to extinction through gluttony. When Abe discovers that his species is the next to go into the grinder, he organizes a mass escape, summoning portals.
As a 2D puzzle-platformer, New ‘n’ Tasty benefits from the imagination that’s gone into its darkly comic setting. Abe is weak, so avoiding guards or pulling levers to make them fall through floors allow him to progress. The Mudokons will follow him, even if this means being led into electric barriers or blown into chunks on landmines. It’s a game full of charm and personality.
The problem is the controls. Abe’s Oddysee was designed with Sony’s eight-button, twin-stick DualShock controller in mind, and the move to a platform with no buttons has inevitably led to compromise. There are both on-screen taps and swipes and virtual buttons, the latter clustered around the right thumb position just perfectly to obscure enemies entering the screen from that side.
It’s a flaw compounded by the fact the magnifying glass icon doesn’t seem to do anything. Increasing the buttons’ size would make it easier to hit them accurately with a thumb, but would do nothing to alleviate the memory test that is using them. And while most movements are carried out with a gesture, a simple jump forward uses a button.
It’s awkward things like this that take something away from an otherwise excellent game. If you’ve got an MFI controller, then you’re in luck, because there’s full support, but iPhone gamers may struggle.
the bottom line. A great puzzle gamer, but the controls infuriate.
The Slig guard will shoot Abe on sight, so they must be dealt with immediately.
Abe’s ability to interact with the environment is his single greatest weapon, especially early on in the game.