Posts Tagged ‘Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus’

Have You Played… Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

While recently playing the wondrous but flawed Rain World, I was reminded of poor Abe. The original Oddysee was a belter, yes, but with Exoddus I feel the developers at Oddworld Inhabitants really perfected their art. They were able to keep all the usual stuff (running, jumping, possessing the baddies and saving your mates) while introducing a bunch of weird new ideas. It expanded the “gamespeak”, granted Mudokons different emotional states, and allowed you to possess your own farts. You can’t ask much more from a game released in 1998.
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Blind Gamer Completes Abe’s Exoddus

I couldn't complete it with my eyes /><br />Those crazy kids at <a href=Edge Online highlight the story of blind engineering student, Terry Garrett, who managed to complete the PC version Abe’s Exoddus using just audio-cues and the quick-save function. There’s a video of Terry talking about his achievement, and playing the game, embedded below. He explains how he uses the various audio cues, such as stepping, running into a wall, falling, and so on, to navigate the levels and ultimately complete the game. It’s an astonishing feat of aural exploration and imagination.

(And if ever there was a testament to the value of a PC gamer’s quicksave function, this is it.)
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