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Oddworld Soulstorm (Series) Review

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Posted: 5 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

Oddworld: Soul Storm is a running and jumping game where you guide members of your species through labyrinthine levels to free them from brutal oppression. It's a remake of 1998's Oddworld: Abe's Exodus and a sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty. Its thought-provoking and unique depiction of oppression, capitalism and colonialism combined with its difficult yet entertaining levels make the game a fresh offering and experience.

After discovering a plot to turn slave workers, the Mudokons, into food to make up for lessening sales Abe, a Mudokon himself, escapes the farm. He returns to free the rest of the slaves and shut down the factory. The story adaptively changes depending on your choices, which results in several different endings you can collect.

Play involves dodging fast-moving trains, lasers and even flamethrowers in your quest for freedom. You scale chasms and dodge hazards in many different levels, swinging on poles and jumping across platforms.

You can also craft and pickpocket items that can help you or hinder your pursuers. You build up a team of following Mudokons who will match your movement. You not only need to make sure the way is safe for you but that it will remain so until all the Mudokons have passed through as well, a little like The Lemmings. Depending on how many you successfully keep alive, you can unlock extra levels, story twists and more.

This has been the case in all the Oddworld games, but in this one, you can equip your following minions with abilities to help you progress and take on bigger and more challenging enemies.

There have been several games in the Oddworld series on a variety of different platforms:
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee (1997) Playstation and PC
  • Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus (1998) Playstation and PC
  • Oddworld Adventures (1998) Game Boy
  • Oddworld Adventures 2 (2000) Game Boy Colour
  • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (2001) Xbox (2003) Game Boy Advance. Later released for PC Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Android and Nintendo switch.
  • Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath (2005) Xbox. Later released for PC, Mac, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.
  • Oddworld: New n Tasty (2014) PlayStation 4. Later released for Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS.
  • Oddworld: Soulstorm (2021) Playstation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

All the games feature the same focus of capitalism, colonialism and greed, and can help to start conversations about these topics.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-13 year-olds

Release Date: 19/09/1997, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @OddworldInc

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 22 hours to complete. Much of the gameplay requires trial-and-error tactics by the player to progress, so the game time will vary. Additionally, if enough of your followers survive, you unlock extra campaign levels which will also increase the time to beat.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Oddworld Soulstorm usually costs £14.99 to £44.99. 

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee

Switch Store Switch £26.99

Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty

XBox Store Xbox One £14.99
Switch Store Wii U £14.99
Switch Store Switch £26.99

Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty (PS4 )

PlayStation Store PS4 £14.99

Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty Tasty: Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £16.79

Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty: Complete Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 £16.99

Oddworld: Soulstorm

PlayStation Store PS4 £44.99

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath

Switch Store Switch £26.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  
The following in-game purchases are available:

Oddworld Munch Costume

PlayStation Store PS4 £1.69

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee 20Th Anniversary Dynamic Theme

PlayStation Store PS4 £1.69

Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty: Alf's Escape Mission

PlayStation Store PS4 £2.99

Oddworld: New N Tasty: Alf's Escape DLC

XBox Store Xbox One £2.79

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath: Stranger Costume

PlayStation Store PS4 £1.69

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence and Bad Language. This game features moderate violence involving fantasy characters. Characters can be shot, causing them to flash and cry out. They can also be set alight with flamethrowers, causing them to run about before collapsing. Realistic injuries are not shown and there is little blood. The player's character can be killed by enemies or by traps, which may result in him being impaled or blasted into chunks. If this happens, he simply reappears again at the previous checkpoint. The player's character can also 'possess' certain enemy characters and use them to attack other enemy characters. When the player's character is finished with a 'possessed' character, he can make them explode, resulting in the sight of chunks of flesh and bone, although there is no realistic injury detail. Cinematic scenes include a brief close-up of a gunshot wound, a close-up of the central character - unharmed but distressed - after being electrocuted, a character being kicked in the chest, and some people hanging upside down while being electrocuted, without injury detail. The game also features frequent use of bad language ('p*ss', 'b*stard', 'scr*w' and 'sh*t').

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 10-13 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Oddworld Soulstorm has three difficulty settings, which increase/decrease the number of hazards and enemies shooting at you as you progress.

As the game is played on a 2D plane, it is easy to see where you need to go next and how to get there. While you can't save that game, it automatically places a checkpoint after virtually every object which allows you to quickly pick up right where you left off.

The game has subtitles, which are quite small and not always very clear, but they allow you to play the game without sound.

You can get additional help on PS5 through Activity Cards if you have PlayStation Plus subscription. This provides hints, tips, and walkthrough videos that can be watched while you play.
 
Our Oddworld Soulstorm Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:


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