Oddworld is a series of cinematic platforming videogames set on a fictional planet of the same name. The franchise is produced by Oddworld Inhabitants under the direction of Lorne Lanning. Many real world themes important to Lorne Lanning form the foundation for the series' storyline. Such themes include slavery, substance abuse, animal testing, spirituality, and the overarching theme of corporate cartels running and destroying the world around them purely for profit.

The Oddworld series has five main games (Abe's Oddysee, Abe's Exoddus, Munch's Oddysee, Stranger's Wrath and New 'n' Tasty) with a sixth (Soulstorm) in development which is due for release in 2020. There is also an art book, The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants: The First Ten Years 1994 - 2004, containing many of the series' artworks.

Original storyline Edit

The overall narrative in the Oddworld series mostly covers the conflict between the industrialists and the natives. The industrial species on Oddworld are only interested in making profits and in the process destroy much of the planet's nature. The natives are trying to protect the planet and their own species from dying to the industrialists' greedy ways.

The main storyline follows Abe, a Mudokon worker born into slave labor at the RuptureFarms meat processing plant. When the Glukkons have driven most of the natural wildlife to near extinction they decide that Mudokon meat is the next best way to drive up their profits. Abe overhears their plans and escapes the factory, but then finds out he is destined to save his species from slavery. After completing a set of ancient trials, giving him the power of the mythical Shrykull, Abe breaks back into RuptureFarms to save his fellow Mudokons and shut the factory down once and for all.

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Published games Edit

Classic series (1997 - 2005) Edit

The original four games were developed in quick succession in the period between 1997 and 2005. After the problematic release of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Lorne Lanning decided to stop developing games until the development studio reopened in 2016.

Oddworld: Abe's OddyseeEdit

Main article: Abe's Oddysee
Abe’s Oddysee is a 2.5D platformer that tasks you with navigating the dangerous alien underworld, manipulating or persuading NPCs, and, in some places, stealthing your way past sleeping foes. Abe can achieve this via a variety of methods, usually exclusive to solving a puzzle on each screen. He has the ability to mind control Slings, the most common grunt enemy, as well as the charisma needed to convince his fellow Mudokons to help him out after rescuing them. As he frees his brothers, he is faced with new challenging species and traps laid out by the Glukkons for their new product, the Mudokon-Pop. This was the first in the Oddworld Quintology and was the stepping stone to Abe´s Exodus and the games that followed. 

Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus Edit

Main article: Abe's Exoddus
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, developed by Oddworld Inhabitants and published by GT Interactive Software for Playstation. Abe has returned to save his fellow Mudokons from slavery and make SoulStorm Brew, a drink that is made from Mudokon bones and tears. Hours of platform puzzles will keep you hooked as you use your physical prowess and GameSpeak to try to free Mudokons from the mines they are forced to labor in, overseen by their Glukkon captors. This is the second game Oddworld Inhabitants has made; it was labeled as more of a bonus game, rather than the second part of the Oddworld Quintology. 

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee Edit

Main article: Munch's Oddysee
First planned for the PlayStation 2, Oddworld: Munch's Oddyseeis the third game in the Oddworld series, but officially the second game in the Oddworld quintology. Due to the rich variety of consumer products derived from Gabbitspecies, their legacy has nearly come to its end. For the amphibious Gabbit, there is only one lonely individual that survives; that one is named Munch. However, it won’t be spotted where one might typically find such a Gabbit. This one is currently an entrapped test subject within the horrible testing facility known as Vykkers Labs. Fight against the Industrialists to save the Gabbit species alongside Munch and Abe as they take on their third title in 3D.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Edit

Main article: Stranger's Wrath
Oddworld: Stranger´s Wrath is about Stranger, a bounty hunter who tracks Oddworld criminals, also known as Outlaws, in an attempt to raise money for an unexplained surgery that he "needs to survive." This story is set out far from Eastern Mudosand into the Western Mudos. Western Mudos is comprised of two types of social classes: The Industrialists and The Natives. Combining a first-person shooter and a third person action game, this game takes on incredible boss fights and opens up uncharted territory in a whole new setting but on the same planet. 

Second series (2010 - present) Edit

After a five year hiatus and two failed movie projects Lorne Lanning announced in 2010 that a third party developer, Just Add Water Ltd., would be developing a full HD remake of Abe's Oddysee, officially rebooting Abe's original story. Oddworld Inhabitants reopened the doors of its own game development studio in 2016 in order to develop Oddworld: Soulstorm, a modern reimagining of Abe's Exoddus.

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Edit

Main article: New 'n' Tasty
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Oddworld: Soulstorm Edit

Main article: Soulstorm
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Canceled games Edit

  • Oddworld: Munch's Exoddus was supposed to be a sequel to Munch's Oddysee, but presumably never even made it into proper development.
  • Oddworld: Squeek's Oddysee was supposed to be a new chapter in the series, introducing Squeek as a new character after Munch's story arc was resolved.
  • SligStorm, a game about an albino Slig needing to escape its birthing facility for fear of being killed. Oddworld's publishers at the time did not like the idea of a Slig as a main character.
  • Hand of Odd, an RTS type game involving both factions of the Oddworld series.
  • Oddworld: The Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot was supposed to be a game revolving around a new character who was Shepard named Fangus Klot who was used in fighting in an arena in a darker part of Mudos. 

Notes Edit

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