GamingReview: Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee

Review: Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee

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Abe is back in action, but this time he’s teaming up with Munch as they try and save his race from extinction!

Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee was originally released for Xbox in 2001 but was recently ported in HD for Nintendo Switch on May 14th, 2020. In this 3D platformer, the odd duo set out on yet another silly adventure packed full of familiar friends, new enemies, and new challenges.

Gameplay:

This time the star of this game is Munch, a Gabbit who gets abducted by scientists who implant a strange device into his skull. On top of this, Munch finds out his entire race has nearly been hunted to extinction by the nasty Glukkons! Using his newly gained abilities, Munch breaks out of the lab, saves a few furry Fuzzles along the way, where he eventually rendezvous with our old pal Abe.

This is the third game in the Oddworld series, and unlike the other two games, Munch’s Oddysee takes a stab at the 3D platformer genre. Despite taking the plunge from 2D to 3D, Munch’s Oddysee feels flat and like a step back compared to the first game in the series, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee.

What makes Munch’s Oddysee unique is the player has to switch between Abe and Munch to traverse through their world and solve many puzzles. Munch’s Oddysee follows the same overall formula of the original game since your objective is to save the Mudokons and Fuzzles; depending on how well (or badly) you do will determine if you get a good or bad ending.

Abe has pretty much the same abilities such as possession, but to use this, among other powers, you must collect countless green globs called “spooce”. Another big difference with this game is Abe and his buddies can fight, and some Mudokons are even armed. Munch can zap enemies or he can command his Fuzzle friends to sic ‘em. There are also power-ups and new abilities unique to this game all conveniently placed for our friends. Even though it sounds like Munch’s Oddysee is packed full of action and adventure, I honestly found this game painfully boring and annoyingly tedious.

The controls are pretty awful. There are many commands mapped to the same button which leads to many frustrating mistakes. And then jumping becomes the bane of your existence, and the awkward camera is pretty annoying. While the voices are still charming – the sound effects are also horrible. I think Munch’s hopping sound haunted me in my dreams like poor old Mr. Krabs’ nightmare of the squeaky boots – too bad I can’t eat Munch to stop the squeaking headache that remained.

For every good thing I can say about this game, I have ten more bad things I can complain about. While the HD Switch version of the game runs smoothly and provides crisp graphics, the overall design of the game is severely lacking. The majority of the environments feel empty, the gameplay is repetitive, movements are clunky, and the combat system resembled something out of a bad RPG. Munch’s Oddysee felt nostalgic like most of those bad budget-cut 3D games we played when we were like five.

The first half of the game felt like the longest game tutorial ever; it was so boring I almost forgot video games were supposed to be fun! With that being said, the latter half is a lot better. I’d argue that the game would’ve been better if they took out the majority of the first half before speaking to the Raisin.

Pros:

  • The Quick-save option will forever be my best friend. This is a recurring feature I personally love about this series.
  • This game has a nice mix of the old mixed in with the new.
  • It’s not as dark as the original and feels more kid-friendly. (This may be a con for some.)

Cons:

  • There are no subtitles or captions. With their strange voices and occasional bad audio, I couldn’t fully capture everything they were saying. People who are hard of hearing will miss out on many important points, especially since the gurus guide you throughout the game.
  • I honestly hated the clunky controls; I wish the Switch version at least offered similar mapping to the Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty game.
  • It was boring and mundane. In my opinion, watching a clock is more fun than this game.
  • The walking animation sounds were cute for the first few seconds – then it just got annoying.

Conclusion:

I really really wanted to like this game, especially since I really enjoyed Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, which is why I played it to the end. Honestly, I just think this game didn’t age well; I can totally see why old fans like this game as it has a nostalgic flavor, but it may not be as exciting for newer fans of the series. If you do plan to pick it up – grab it while it’s on sale. It is $9.99 in the Nintendo shop until February 25th, 2021.
I wouldn’t say Munch’s Oddysee is completely terrible or the worst game ever as there were a few moments worth playing…But would I recommend it? Probably not.

Entertainment: 3/10

Replay value: 2/10

Graphics: 5/10

Sound: 3/10

Kid Friendly: Yes (Teen rating)

Platform:Nintendo Switch
Developer:Oddworld Inhabitants
Publisher:Oddworld Inhabitants
Released:October 27, 2020 (Nintendo Switch)
MSRP:$29.99
ESRB:Teen

SUMMARY

+ Available in multiple languages
+ Clean graphics
- Annoying sounds
- Boring
- Awful controls

(Reviewed on Nintendo Switch, also available on Xbox, Gameboy Advance, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Android, and iOS)
Krissy
Hi, I’m Krissy! I’m just your average nerd living & gaining XP in Tokyo, Japan. Former QA and game production intern at Cartoon Network. When I’m not trying to save the world, you can find me whipping up some cute illustrations on my tablet!

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