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'Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty' review: A tasty digital treat for the PS4

Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty
Oddworld New ‘n’ Tasty
Photo courtesy of Just Add Water, used with permission.

Oddworld New 'n' Tasty PS4

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In 1997, a curious title named Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was released by a new video game development studio by the name of Oddworld Inhabitants, which was founded by Sherry McKenna and Lorne Lanning in 1994. Abe’s Oddysee was a 2D platform game in which players would solve puzzles and explore a world filled with dangers in the pursuit of freedom.

If you happened to miss out on the original release of Abe’s Oddysee back in 1997 – I for one never played the original game – the folks at Just Add Water have carefully recreated the original title with numerous upgrades for the new generation to enjoy on PS4 – and eventually for Xbox One, Wii U, PC, PS3, and PS Vita - with the release of Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty.

As a newcomer to the series, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty was a rather interesting game to play. Experiencing the game’s twisted story, solving puzzles, and rescuing fellow works from doom was entertaining, but certain aspects of the game held us back from fully enjoying and becoming absorbed by the title’s premise and setting.

Our main issue stems from the way in which the game controls, consequently leading to needless deaths and moments of irritation.

Fans of 2D platform action/adventure games like Metroid will find lots to love with Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. Exploring the vast world, discovering secrets, solving environmental trickery, stealthily avoiding enemies, misleading foes to their death, and rescuing companions are all implemented well. The game’s world is gripping as its environments offer great variety and continually introduce new challenges that shall test your ingenuity.

Those that enjoy a great challenge will adore what New ‘n’ Tasty has to offer with its puzzles.

On the gameplay side of things, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is excellent and will appeal to a lot of gamers. That being said; we did encounter playability issues that dampened our enjoyment. While playing New ‘n’ Tasty on PS4, we found the controls to be too sensitive. Jumping across platforms often led to many deaths as Abe’s forward momentum would carry him off the edge, or performing slight movement for character adjustment would lead to Abe walking into a mine or tumbling off a platform.

As a result of the loose controls, we had to approach situations slowly and with more caution out of fear we may unintentionally slide off a ledge.

To complement its strong gameplay, Just Add Water did a marvelous job with the game’s graphics. Abe is detailed beautifully in a grotesque type of way; meanwhile, each area has wonderfully detailed environments and eerie lighting. The level of detail and attention given to the setting, world, and characters is praiseworthy. One thing we wish the game offered for PS4 was Stereoscopic 3D support.

Though our time with Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty was a mixed bag, the overall experience was one of delight. Clever puzzles and imaginative settings kept us entertained enough to overlook our control issues. Fans of the series and genre should definitely invest in the title as it is rewarding and offers plenty of content for the asking price of $30.00.

Pros

  • Quirky World Setting
  • Great Sense of Challenge
  • Clever Puzzles

Cons

  • Control issues

Overall: 4 out of 5

(Editor's Note: A digital code for PS4 was provided for review purposes.)