Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee - Xbox

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Also for: PS2
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Oddworld Inhabitants Soft. Co.: Oddworld Inhabitants
Publishers: Infogrames (GB/US)
Released: 14 Mar 2002 (GB)
Unknown (US)
Ratings: 11+, ESRB Teen 13+ (T)
Accessories: Memory Unit


Oddworld is clearly one of the lead titles for the Xbox launch, particularly as it was stolen from under the noses of expectant PS2 owners. And for Xbox owners this is clearly cause to celebrate, because Oddworld is an excellent title.

Humour, a superb control system and excellent animation combine to lift what is basically a 3D platform and puzzle game right to the top of the genre. In the game, you control either Abe or Munch. That's not to say that you can choose which character you use, rather you are forced to swap between characters depending on what level you are on. Each has different characteristics and abilities.

Using whichever character you are currently controlling, you must proceed through the level using your skill and timing, and as the game progresses, increasingly your brainpower, to negotiate the obstacles that stand in your way. You can interact with your fellow characters, and even enlist them to fight, or perform spells on your behalf to open gates and so on.

All of this is held together with some absolutely beautiful intro animations, and superb in-game characterisation.