The first 3D “Oddworld” game, “Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee,” is making its way soon to Apple iOS and Google Android devices, after publisher Oddworld Inhabitants initially teased the game Tuesday. This version of the game will be developed by Square One Games, the company responsible for bringing “Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD” and “The Bard’s Tale” to mobile devices.
“Munch’s Oddysee” was originally a Microsoft Xbox launch title in 2001. Oddworld Inhabitants soon ported the game to Sony's PlayStation 3 in 2012 via developer Add Water and was repackaged as “Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD,” due to the game’s updated graphics. In 2014, the high-definition version of “Munch’s Oddysee” was ported to the PlayStation Vita.
Oddly enough, only two “Oddworld” games have ever entered the 3D realm, the first being “Munch’s Oddysee” and the second being “Stranger’s Wrath,” which also started as an Xbox exclusive. Eventually, both titles were ported to the PlayStation 3.
Players can switch between two characters in the game: Munch, the last of the Gabbits, and Abe, a recurring character who has been in previous “Oddworld” games. According to Eurogamer, both characters have teamed up to take down the Vykkers Corporation for enslaving and eating the Gabbits, making Munch the last of his kind.
While “Munch’s Oddysee” proved to be a success for PlayStation platforms, its mobile counterpart remains in doubt, partly due to the developer Square One Games. Pocket Gamer reported that Square One’s port of “Stranger’s Wrath HD” looked great but had poor controls, which led to a disappointing port of a critically acclaimed game. Fans can only hope that Square One improves from the company’s last “Oddworld” mistake and works on the controls for “Munch’s Oddysee.”
Currently, there are no details on the game’s release date or new features that are exclusive to the mobile version. However, those who attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), scheduled for June 16-18 in Los Angeles, will be able to give the game a try before it’s officially launched. The rest will have to wait for the game to hit the iTunes App Store and Google Play.