Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - New 'n' Tasty Image
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  • Summary: Rescue your fellow meat factory slaves in this nostalgic, classic platformer with the latest immersive graphics and design. Find your destiny. Once a happy floor waxer in Oddworld's biggest meat processing plant, Abe stumbled across his boss's secret plan to turn the factory's slave labourRescue your fellow meat factory slaves in this nostalgic, classic platformer with the latest immersive graphics and design. Find your destiny. Once a happy floor waxer in Oddworld's biggest meat processing plant, Abe stumbled across his boss's secret plan to turn the factory's slave labour force into the latest in the RuptureFarms Tasty Treats line of novelty meat snacks.

    Abe now has to save his own skin from the grinders even if simply escaping the flesh farm is only the start of his Oddysee. Trigger-happy hunting parties, carnivorous sacred beasts, ancient temple traps and even a return to his former workplace await Abe on his journey to discover his people's heritage.
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  1. Jan 25, 2016
    90
    Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a game that both fans of the series and newcomers alike will enjoy, so pick it up and jump into the strange and humorous land - this game is one of the best platformers in recent years!
  2. Jan 28, 2016
    90
    New 'n' Tasty is charming, cheery, and has been carried over to Vita spectacularly despite some technical imperfections.
  3. 85
    The classic platformer has been brought to life with a glorious makeover that makes you fall in love with the downtrodden Mudokon all over again. New players are in for a real treat.
  4. Feb 5, 2016
    80
    Longer loading times and the occasional technical hiccup are the only downsides, but they are minor, and don't harm what is a fun, challenging experience that you won't forget in a hurry.
  5. Jan 29, 2016
    70
    Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a great quirky little game that newcomers to the franchise will enjoy, and returning fans will respect for the visual upgrade and nostalgic effect. However, the Vita version is by no means the best way to play it, but if you don’t have access to the console versions or if you just fancy a bit of Oddworld on the go, then this is the ticket.
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  1. Jan 20, 2016
    8
    Abe has been a fantastic poster child for innovation in games throughout his quirky career, and we have been fortunate enough for hisAbe has been a fantastic poster child for innovation in games throughout his quirky career, and we have been fortunate enough for his adventures to bless the Vita. 3D adventure Stranger's Wrath and Munch's Odyssey hit the Vita a couple of years ago, and now here comes the original, almost a year after arriving on PS4.

    Abe's Odyssey might be approaching 20 years old, but it has lost none of its charm, challenge and intensity. The HD remake lit up the PS4 last year and it finally makes a bow on the Vita, having lost very little in the translation, perhaps some shine and sparkles. The portals look a lot simpler and there's a few less mines and furniture, and the lighting is toned down.

    If you can be patient, a physical limited edition release for Abe's has been confirmed, so hang on if little plastic cards are your thing! It looks a little more pastelly than the PlayStation's original cartoony palette, but otherwise is visually sharp and fluid. You can't open other apps while playing it, so I guess it uses the recently freed-up extra Vita power and RAM.

    The aim is to rescue your fellow Mudokon grunts from the meat farm and other hellish menial tasks they have been assigned. You can either avoid, trap, destroy or take over the minds of your captors, and get them to do some of your dirty work for you. Hopefully when the grunts vanish into the portal, they go to a better place.

    Through a mix of trapdoors, platforms, teamwork and cunningly (or annoyingly) placed save points, the action drives you relentlessly forward in the hunt for more chaps to rescue. The mix of platforms, sensors, bombs, mines and need to throw grenades or distracting bottle tops in the right place cause burst of delight and angst as you pull off a tricky rescue or cock it up at the last step.

    Jumping, rolling, dodging, hiding in the shadows and other skills must all be used at the right time, with the right timing to proceed. At least getting it wrong usually only knocks you back a few steps. Then you need to keep an eye out for doors that lead into the scenery or to other hidden areas where a Modokon might be hiding.

    Of course, you don't have to rescue them all, you even get a trophy for "accidentally" topping one. But, having gone to all the trouble of putting such a fine game together, it seems rude not to try. New tricks through the levels keep things fresh, talking to your fellows through whistles and farts will never get old.

    If there are issues with the game its that the original controls were very digital whereas the Vita's analogue stick can see Abe sometimes jump forward instead of up. There's also the odd lag between pressing the button and the desired effect taking place, defusing mines being one such annoyance.

    Otherwise, tuck into this feast of puzzling fun that feels so thoroughly modern, it seems almost rude to call it retro.

    Kudos to Just Add Water and Oddworld Inc for adding a little touch for Vita owners, you can play with lights on the screen, by using the rear touch panel during loading scenes!
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