Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is a platform video game developed by Oddworld Inhabitants and published by GT Interactive. It was released in 1997 for the PlayStation video game console, DOS and Microsoft Windows in North America, Australia and Europe. The game was released under the title Abe a GoGo in Japan for the PlayStation by publisher SoftBank, with a PC version following in 2001. The Game Boy version of Abe’s Oddysee, retitled as Oddworld Adventures, was developed by Saffire Corporation and published by GT Interactive in 1998.
The game centers on the titular Abe, a Mudokon slave at the ‘RuptureFarms’ meat processing factory. When he discovers that he and his fellow Mudokons are to be slaughtered, he decides to escape and liberate as many enslaved Mudokons as he can. The player assumes the role of Abe as he attempts a perilous quest to emancipate his downtrodden people.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was widely acclaimed for having innovative gameplay, good art direction and engaging cut-scenes; however, its steep learning curve and system of saving only at checkpoints, received criticism. It was the first game in the planned five-part Oddworld series, which also includes its direct sequels, Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus, Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath. A remake titled Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! was developed by Just Add Water and released through digital distribution in 2014.