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Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee -- New 'n' Tasty

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart, tough remake of classic, message-driven platformer.

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This lovingly made remake of the game that initiated Abe's adventures acts as both a gift to Oddworld's older fans and an entry point for younger, avid gamers yet to experience this bizarre and beautiful universe. Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee -- New 'n' Tasty retains much of what made the original so memorable, including challenging puzzles that reward careful observation and a narrative meant to make us think about our own culture's sometimes blind capitalism and the potential consequences of our ravenous consumerism. Think of it as Horton Hears a Who for the teen-plus set.

This version takes things a step further by delivering a truly beautiful graphical experience. Oddworld may be a gloomy place, but in this remake it's alive with layers, colors, and details. It's a proper next-generation visual experience. And the characters -- especially Abe -- are bursting with subtle bits of personality that range from distinctive movements to jokey mumbling that may just make you laugh out loud if you can catch what they're saying. Just keep in mind that the puzzles can be pretty hard and the action unforgiving. Getting a feel for the touchy running and jumping controls takes some patience. But if you can manage to make your way through the first few challenging levels, you'll likely find that you won't want to put your controller down.

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