Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. It lacks the certain fun factor that elevates a game to "must own" status instead of sitting at "rent a few times." Some of this is owed to the basic design of the game.
  2. The cartoon-like graphics are very cute — especially the pre-rendered cut-scene sequences — and the game play is challenging, though it might be a tad repetitive after a while.
  3. A puzzle/action game with depth, humor, and charm.
  4. The game is beautiful and offers plenty of platform gaming excitement that wouldn’t be possible on the PS2 or even the GameCube.
  5. So wholesomely original, so finely polished, so expertly crafted, that you can’t help but fall in love with it. [Jan 2002, p.227]
  6. 100
    Stunning. "Oddworld" is better than it's ever been, and everything about "Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee" is refined, polished, and utterly playable.
  7. The Gamespeak and platforming elements that were so fun in 1997 are now tedious. [Dec 2001, p.101]
  8. This isn't a complete failure per se but it certainly was not the Halo-level of title that Microsoft was looking for.
  9. Abe, Munch and all their pals are hilarious, but the gameplay gets repetitive, what with all the Spooce collecting and somewhat uninspired puzzles.
  10. 80
    The newest Oddworlds feel rather canned, confined, repetitive, and contrived, and Munch and Abe control more stiffly than most characters put in similar situations.
  11. The graphics are very good and the story is original...I would have expected better. The dialogue and music bring the game down.
  12. While solving these puzzles is great fun, the crane work gets a bit repetitive and it's not the seamless platform adventure we'd hoped for.
  13. Huge lands, lots of moving characters, and plenty of special effects all show off just what the X-box is capable of.
  14. A very smart game with great puzzles, yet there's not enough variety in those puzzles to keep it completely entertaining throughout.
  15. 84
    This is by far the most creative Xbox launch game, but it suffers from repetitiveness and unresponsive controls. Still, it will clearly appeal to platform-game aficionados.
  16. This game is not going to appeal to the mass gaming public. Sure, it has garnered a good sized following, but this is a genre game if I’ve ever seen one.
  17. I can't think of any other series which so successfully takes satire and political commentary in such a delightfully twisted and fun way. Oddworld is to bizarre as the Monkey Island series is to humor.
  18. While the characters gained even more charm and personality, the gameplay has suffered.
  19. The thing that Oddworld does that’s so fascinating to gamers is that it transports you to another world, a totally believable place where you’re more than happy to stay and play for a while.
  20. 74
    The final product comes off as anything but polished, and suffers from a lack of variety, and an overabundance of repetition that keeps this game from truly shining like I wished it would.
  21. There are unfortunately a few flaws which drops it from a must own game to try before you buy.
  22. Munch has risen above its storied past to provide a unique, ultimately fulfilling gaming experience. [Jan 2002, p.41]
  23. A splendid, imaginative romp. [Jan 2002]
  24. Not too stressful or repetitive, but with a strong plot and graphics that'll satisfy most. Replay value is medium.
  25. A well-polished adventure title that will tax most gamers, whilst it’s luscious visuals, slick presentation and good humour will appeal to most, however it’s slow pace isn’t for everyone.
  26. If you liked the previous games you’re going to love Munch’s Oddysee – it’s as simple as that!
  27. While previous Oddworld installments were relatively fast-paced, Munch's Oddysee ends up slowing things down quite a bit...a result of the character-switching mechanic. The repetitive nature of the gameplay will have action fans squirming in their seats, wondering when things are going to pick up.
  28. Yes, it's complicated, but really a deep and fun game once you get into it.
  29. Shines like a sequined dress at a Hollywood premiere. Though not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, Oddysee is pretty to look at, and remarkably fun to play. [Jan 2002, p.78]
  30. Though it's engaging, fun and novel for the first few hours, there's only so many ways you can come up with to use Abe and Munch's powers.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Oct 19, 2013
    10
    Man This game blew me away as a kid. I remember playing it for the past several hours a day (took breaks) when I was 5. Anyway Oddworld Munch's Oddysee is one of the best original Xbox games I have ever played. Gorgeous story, Gorgeous game-play, and good graphics. If you own a Xbox and have not played this game you are missing out. Full Review »
  2. Feb 8, 2014
    2
    Since Demo 1 I have loved abe's oddysee and have been an AVID fan, purchasing oddysee and exodus on launch, console, boxed pc, (more recently)digital download ps3/psp and steam, i've always loved the rich, fleshed out and quirkiness of Oddworld and it holds a nostalgic place in my heart (both left and right ventricle). Strangers Wrath was an original take on the western genre, amplifying stereotypes and giving nods to the genre whilst all the while putting its own twist on the concept. Munch's Oddysee on the other hand is a horrific excursion into a 3d environment, offering little but token offering's to the lore and as a game implementing half baked gameplay mechanics, stiff character control and lackluster environments. On a more specific note, the moment Abe starts PUNCHING OUT SLIGS! is the moment the disc is ejected Full Review »
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    10
    This is one of the best games I have ever played, In my top 3 games list, best adventure i have ever played. Even better than psychonauts, but DO NOT buy this game on PC, buy it on console Full Review »