Any Oddworld fans out there? I’m hoping there will be a bunch of you, as our good mate Abe has been floating about the gaming universe for a very long time. Those of you that don’t remember the original games may be fully aware of the reboot of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee entitled Oddworld: New n’ Tasty. If you played and enjoyed this re-envisioning of the game, you’ll be pleased to note that we can now give you a bit of a sneaky peek at gameplay of its sequel Oddworld: Soulstorm.
Oddworld: Soulstorm is to be the second in a planned Pentalogy of games. With this in mind and in true sequel fashion, Oddworld: Soulstorm picks the story back up from where New n’ Tasty ends. If you haven’t finished the first one or you want to play it, please skip forward a paragraph now. I’m about to throw a few spoilers into this and I’m not going to start redacting things. Have they moved on? Good. For those of you that have completed the first game, you’ll know that Abe has defeated Mollusk the Glukkon, his former boss and Rupture Farms’ meanest inhabitant. In doing this he has also liberated a bunch of his fellow workmates.
In Soulstorm, Abe finds himself and around three hundred emancipated Mudokons without food, water, or a place to call home. Thirsty and stranded in the desert, the group come across a mysterious new brew, a delicious drink that has nefarious properties and insidious ramifications for their newly found freedom.
Oddworld has always had a smart way of chewing up themes of environmentalism, consumerism, capitalism, and addiction, and these things have made the game very popular on the triple A indie circuit. We will definitely be seeing more of this here; the games get a point across without making any over-obvious statements, and this certainly adds a good amount of charm.
If you’re really excited for Oddworld: Soulstorm , you won’t have too much longer to wait. This installment of the ongoing story is planned to hit console and PC next year. This will give those of you who haven’t played the first game plenty of time to catch up. If you like well-written, humorous puzzlers, this is a series I definitely recommend checking out.