Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee

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Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
Oddworld - Munch's Oddysee Coverart.png
North American Xbox cover art
Developer(s) Oddworld Inhabitants
Art Co., Ltd (GBA)
Just Add Water (PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
THQ (GBA)
Designer(s) Lorne Lanning (director)
Series Oddworld
Engine A.L.I.V.E 2 (modified Gamebryo)
Platform(s) Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Windows, Onlive, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC
Release date(s) Xbox
  • NA November 15, 2001
  • PAL March 14, 2002
Game Boy Advance
  • NA September 24, 2003
  • PAL October 10, 2003
PC (Steam)
  • WW December 20, 2010
Onlive
  • NA May 17, 2011
PlayStation 3 (PSN)
  • NA December 24, 2012
  • EU December 19, 2012[1]
PlayStation Vita
  • NA December 16, 2014
  • EU December 17, 2014
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution DVD, download

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee is a 2001 video game, originally released for the Xbox. It is the third game made by Oddworld Inhabitants. It is the second chapter of the Oddworld Quintology, following Abe's Oddysee, and the third overall Oddworld game.

Originally announced as a title in development for Sony PlayStation 2, it was instead released exclusively as one of the launch titles for Xbox. While an "Oddboxx" containing the first four Oddworld games was originally intended for a holiday season 2009 release on Steam, the fourth game in the series was not released until December 20, 2010 on Steam, over two years after the first three.

Plot[edit]

Taking place after the events of Abe's Exoddus, the story begins with a froglike Gabbit named Munch, whose species has been commercially fished to near-extinction; their eggs harvested for a delicacy known as "Gabbiar" and their lungs used as replacements for those of the Glukkons. While calling for fellow Gabbits using echolocation, Munch hears what sounds like another Gabbit call and investigates, only to fall into an animal trap which is making the noise. Munch is taken by two Vykkers to their hovering fortress, Vykkers Labs, and has a sonar device implanted in his head. Using the device's electrical properties, Munch breaks free and escapes the Labs with the help of furry but vicious creatures called Fuzzles.

Meanwhile, the Almighty Raisin tells the Mudokon hero Abe of Munch's plight, and commands him to find and rescue the Gabbit. The two manage to find each other just as Munch falls from the Labs' "poop chute", and by working together the pair find their way back to the Raisin, who informs them that the last can of Gabbiar will soon be auctioned at Vykkers Labs, and that large stockpiles of Mudokon eggs are also being stored there. To obtain both, Abe and Munch must help a lazy and incompetent Glukkon named Lulu to become rich by forcing other Glukkons to donate their Moolah (the Industrial currency) to "Lulu's Fund."

Abe and Munch infiltrate several corporations and possess the Glukkon executives in order to force them to donate to the fund, thus elevating Lulu to the highest Glukkon status of "Glockstar". When Lulu travels to Vykkers Labs to join the auction, Abe and Munch infiltrate the fortress intending to rescue the Mudokon eggs. What happens next depends on the actions of the player throughout the game.

Endings[edit]

The game has good and bad endings depending on how many Fuzzles, Mudokon workers and eggs Abe and Munch rescue throughout the game. When these creatures are rescued the player receives "Good Quarma"; at least 50% Good Quarma is required to access the game's final two levels and the Good Ending, otherwise the game ends with the bad ending.

  • In the Good Ending, Abe manages to possess Lulu and then uses him to win the can of Gabbiar, leaving Lulu bankrupt after he bids his entire fortune of 3 million Moolah on it. Soon after the Vykkers who first kidnapped Munch return to their laboratory, only to find a stack of explosives presumably left by the Fuzzles. The ensuing explosion kills them both and causes heavy damage to the hull of Vykkers Labs and thus the entire floating facility plummets to the ground, revealing behind it a new moon with a Gabbit's foot engraved on its surface.[2] Should the player achieve "Angelic Quarma", it is also revealed that in the aftermath of the destruction of Vykkers Labs, the industrial economy is thrown into disarray with Lulu being blamed for it.
  • In the Bad Ending, Abe and Munch are attacked by Fuzzles for not saving them from the Vykkers. Soon after, Abe's head is a trophy and the Vykkers are ready to take Munch's lungs for the Glukkon queen, Lady Margaret, killing Munch in the process.[3] Should "Black Quarma" be achieved, it is revealed that the Gabbiar has been eaten and the Mudokon eggs have hatched into a new labor force as the industry of the Industrial faction has been saved.

Gameplay[edit]

Abe and Munch fighting alongside their fellow Mudokon friends.

Munch's Oddysee was the first game in the Oddworld series to be in 3D, unlike the 2D Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus.

Abe's chant possession ability was also changed. In Munch's Oddysee, it appears as a small ball of energy which the player controls. In order to possess an enemy, you need spooceshrubs, which are green and ball-shaped. They can also be used for opening some locked doors. Other new features include Abe's ability to pick up objects and people, and different vending machine power-ups, such as Expresso, which increases speed for a limited time.

The most significant new feature is the ability to switch between Abe and Munch. Munch has his own abilities, such as using his sonar to control the Snoozers from the control panel, as well as pick up grabbers. He can also swim in water, while Abe can not. In the Munch's Oddysee booklet, it warns that Abe can only possess Industrialists, but in gameplay, you can possess all the same creatures as you could in Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, and for the first time, you can possess Slogs, though the options for controlling non-Industrialists are very limited. There isn't a proper use for possessing non-Industrial creatures apart from using them to fight each other; however, the possessed creatures are usually the ones killed.

Development[edit]

Microsoft wanted to market the game to casual game players and proposed that the game be called Abe & Munch's Fun Adventures.[4]

Release[edit]

Game Boy Advance version[edit]

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee was ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2003. It was developed by Art Co., Ltd and published by THQ. It's a 2D Platformer and the third Oddworld game made for a handheld console.

HD remake[edit]

An upgraded port of Munch's Oddysee was announced in April 2011 for release on PlayStation 3, developed by the team at Just Add Water. The game will be released on the PlayStation Network and include enhanced 720p visuals, more detailed character models, re-mastered dialogue, bonus material.[5] Just Add Water later confirmed that both Oddworld Munch's Oddysee and Stranger's Wrath would be released on the PlayStation Vita.[6] On November 30, 2011, a LittleBigPlanet 2 costume of Munch was released on the PlayStation Store. The game was released on December 19, 2012 in Europe, and on December 24 in North America.

Reception[edit]

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee received fair reviews from critics. More critical of the title, GameSpot gave the game a 7.9 stating "Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee is a very smart game with great puzzles, yet there's not enough variety in those puzzles to keep it completely entertaining throughout.".[citation needed] IGN gave the game a 7.5 saying "The final product comes off as anything but polished, and suffers from a lack of variety, and an overabundance of repetition that keeps this game from truly shining like I wished it would. As much as I like the characters and the design of the new Munch game, I'm still hoping for the true spiritual sequel to my good old Abe."[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-12-13-oddworld-munchs-oddysee-hd-due-next-week-on-ps3
  2. ^ Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee "Good Ending" FMV movie.
  3. ^ Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee "[1]" FMV movie.
  4. ^ "The Making Of… Oddworld". Edge. Future plc. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Adam Ghiggino29 Apr, 2011 (2011-04-29). "Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD remake on the way, Hand of Odd revived – PlayStation 3 Video Game News – PAL Gaming Network". Palgn.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  6. ^ Jim Reilly. "E3 2011: Oddworld Comes to PlayStation Vita – PSP News at IGN". Psp.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 

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