Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is free right now on Steam

Even in these days when we have so very many wonderful free games to play, it’s still a little exciting to be offered for free a game that usually costs money. Today, it’s Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee going free for keepsies. Free! No pennies at all! And only twenty years after the puzzle-platformer first came out and I missed it because I bought Blade Runner instead. Well well well, looks like I was savvier than I knew. Gotta take the long view, yeah? I bet anyone who bought Oddworld in 1997 feels a right mug.

Hit Steam and you can grab Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee for free for keepsies. This offer is only a short one, ending–I believe–at 6pm UK time on Friday. After that, it’ll go back up to the STAGGERING price of £2.

Do you have the guts to free Abe’s alien pals from being turned into snacks at the slaughterhouse where they’re enslaved?

Yeah, ‘s not a huge giveaway and it has been free before, but ‘s free now, yeah? I know Oddysee has its fans, as does its farting protagonist – though our Brendy will tell you Abe’s Exoddus is when the devs really got it right.

This giveaway is to promote a big sale on all the Oddworld games, including the New ‘N’ Tasty remake of Abe’s Oddysee, the revamped Stranger’s Wrath HD, and Abe’s Exoddus at 80% off.

16 Comments

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    Drib says:

    This is one of those games that everyone always seems to fawn over, but that I just… don’t get.

    The controls feel sloppy, the animation is weird, the style is ugly as anything, I just don’t understand why it is so weirdly beloved.

    I mean, it’s free, so hey. People are certainly allowed to love games I don’t like, or wallow in nostalgia, but I’ve just never understood the adoration of this series.

    • Turkey says:

      Well, I’m not going to say it’s the only reason it was popular, but we weren’t exactly drowning in decent platformers on the PC before the indie boom.

      Also, I kinda like the hyper-realistic cartoony style of Oddworld as well as the Shiny Entertainment games, but I grew up in the ’90s when gross things used to be cool. Now I guess it’s considered “Edgy” or whatever.

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        Drib says:

        I remember this primarily as a playstation one game. I was in… highschool at the time.

        But I guess I had an n64 instead, so it was Goldeneye and Mario, not Abe and… I dunno. Kain?

        The art style though, yes, is definitely mired in the time period. I guess it’s not really fair to judge it outside of the time it was made.

    • DeepFried says:

      I think I can answer all of your criticisms: 1997.

      The PC wasn’t really a major gaming platform before then, the consoles and systems like the Amiga had better graphics, better sounds, and more games. Any time a well polished game came out on the PC, especially in a undeserved genre like platformers, it was an event and the game became a classic just for rarity value.

      • ThePuzzler says:

        Quake 2 was 1997. The Amiga was pretty obsolete by that time. Commodore went bankrupt in 1994.

      • HiroTheProtagonist says:

        U wot m8?

        1997 was a pretty big year for PC gaming. Between Quake 2, Shadow Warrior, BLOOD, Total Annihilation, Fallout, Riven, Theme Hospital, Ultima Online and an untold number of Doom WADs there was no shortage of good games to play. And those are just the universally notable releases, there were plenty of other good titles that year I can’t recall offhand.

        The real appeal was mostly Lorne Lanning being a Romero-type and cashing in on 90s grosscore pastiche. Had he not created a minor shitstorm around the IP, the whole Oddworld IP would have faded into complete obscurity.

        • DeepFried says:

          Ugh, you’ve COMPLETELY failed to understand my point. Yes 97 was the middle of a PC gaming golden age, but a mere 2-3 years before it was being trumped by almost every other platform. this was NEW, and smart platformers were RARE.

          Whatever, I should have learned by now that people on the internet read what they want to into whatever you write.

      • BooleanBob says:

        In 1997 the PC was entering a golden era: Bullfrog, Westwood, Looking Glass, Epic, Black Isle, Blizzard, LucasArts and ID were all in their heyday.

        That said, the enduring nostalgia for Abe’s Odyssey is mostly due to it being featured on a demo disc that was bundled with the PS1. And having a fart command.

        Its weird world and cartoony animated cutscenes had (perhaps still have) a lot of charm, its possession-based puzzle gameplay was an interesting gimmick grafted on top of what was quite obviously Blackthorne with the shotguns filed off, but outside of the first area the difficulty ramped up to a horrendous degree.

        At least it was one of the first hard games to do away with a life system and make your patience the only limit to your playthrough. In that aspect it was many years ahead of its time.

        Not a great game, then, but at least an interesting one.

    • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

      It’s a product of its time – fresh take on Prince Persia almost grid-based puzzle platformer (it was sluggish, but the movement had certain timing dedicated players with free time on their hands can easily learn) + gritty design full of little details that looked fresh and great on CRT, and very popular anti-corporate message, along with dark sense of humor (also, gibbing)

  2. klops says:

    Speaking of Brendan’s “Have you played”, it seems that the endless stream of gaming retrospectives has ended.

    I haven’t noticed since that was an article series that was around the importance of Steam charts for me. Nevertheless, apparently that’s ended now, right?

    • Kolbex says:

      They were also supposed to be “one a day,” which I think lasted for like a week.

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      Drib says:

      I hope it hasn’t ended. I quite liked the feature. Even if I hadn’t played the grand majority of titles there, it occasionally hit upon one that I had, and I got to bask in cheery nostalgia for a bit.

      • mac4 says:

        Also, if you’re looking back for a swift review of a given title, the Wot I Think’s and Have You Played’s are my go-to stops. Together with their reader comments, they’ll usually be helpful in forming some idea of what you’re looking at.

        As for Oddworld, it’s Stranger’s Wrath that most appeals to me, although it, too, I quickly drifted away from, mostly owing to its controls I reckon.

        Still, the series sits happily as an oddball addition to my backlog :) I do find them something else.

  3. Jernau Gurgeh says:

    Oh poo. I just spent a whopping 399 pennies on this at the PlayStation Store.

    Oh no, hang on, that was the New’N’Tasty version I got. Phew! Crisis in consumerism averted!

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    Lo says:

    Alice is so funny :D

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