Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty Review Roundup

The remake of Oddworld's very first game lands today on PS4, with more platforms still to come.

The latest Oddworld game, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, is now available on PlayStation 4. Also now available is the first handful of reviews, which we've gathered for you below.

I describe this as the latest game because New 'n' Tasty isn't strictly new--it's a remake of the first game in the series, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, which was originally released in 1997 for PlayStation. The graphics, sound, and controls have all been improved, while keeping the gameplay mostly intact. As Abe's Oddysee was notoriously challenging, new difficulty settings have been added to allow newcomers the chance to play the game with less frustration.

New 'n' Tasty is currently only available as a downloadable title on PS4, but PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions will follow with Cross-Buy support. This means that purchasing the PS4 version will entitle you to free copies of both the PS3 and Vita versions once they are released. PC, Wii U, and Xbox One versions are in the works, too. Also of note: Should New 'n' Tasty sell well enough, developer Just Add Water plans to work on a remake of the second Oddworld game, Abe's Exoddus.

The first reviews follow below. Let us know whether you played the original Oddysee and if you plan on revisiting it with New 'n' Tasty in the comments below.

  • Game: Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
  • Developer: Just Add Water
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release Date: July 22
  • Price: $29.99 (Cross-Buy with PS3/Vita releases to come)

GameSpot -- 8/10

"Despite the ads, and occasional frustrations from the fiddly analogue movement, this is a remake that feels as though it was crafted with love and respect. With clever puzzles near identical to the original game, and beautiful environments brought to life with new visuals and a dynamic camera, New 'n' Tasty satiated me, despite being an Oddworld veteran and knowing each solution and secret area like the back of my (scarred) hand." [Full review]

Eurogamer -- 9/10

"More than anything, what really stands out about Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is the sheer coherency of the original design. It was startling back in 1997 on the PlayStation when games did not often turn up with proper themes to think about, and it's still just as startling in 2014, to be honest, where the grace with which the plot unfolds and the relevance it still has for the real world remain something of an anomaly. This is a story-driven game in which neither game nor story are made to suffer because of the close proximity of such traditionally toxic partners." [Full review]

Destructoid -- 8/10

"Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is roughly the same frequently soul-crushing, yet unique and rewarding game it was in the '90s. Even if you hated it back then, it's probably worth investigating the remake just to see if your puzzle skills have improved, even if there aren't a whole lot of extras ready for you this time around. In the end, Abe's adventure is a tale worth telling." [Full review]

IGN -- 8.5/10

"Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is a beautiful remake that irons out nearly all of the problems and limitations of 1997’s Abe's Oddysee while bringing its best qualities to the fore. This ground-up remake looks and feels fresh enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any modern 2D platformer--evidence that Abe's Oddysee really was ahead of its time." [Full review]

PlayStation Nation -- 9/10

"It's a fine art to be able to recreate something that so many have loved for so long, and the crew at Just Add Water have done so masterfully. The best part is that if you've never played an Oddworld game before, your first foray into the series will be a memorable one for all of the right reasons." [Full review]

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Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Can they do ANYTHING, but Oddworld?

amityisland1
amityisland1

anyone know when it's available for us olde worlde people still on PS3?  Thanks!

Hurvl
Hurvl

While talking about a remake of the second game is a bit hasty, New 'n' Tasty doesn't seem to be waste-y.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

I'm waiting for it to be out on PC. 
I'd buy and play it on my PS3 or Vita, but I know I'm less likely to play through all of it unless it's on PC, where I spend most of my free time.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Thanks for letting us know that you're actually planning on doing a review, Gamespot.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

The Legendary Limitless Luscious Lorne Lanning is at it again!

virtualskill
virtualskill

If you've never played the original, BUY this. It looks funky but it's a gem of a game.

mahmoodragheb
mahmoodragheb

@virtualskill even if you play it it's fully re developed ,edited and has diffrent and extra scens ..worthy and joyful

warriors30
warriors30

Man I'm so happy they remade that game and that it's finally out. I didn't even "love" the original as much as other people, although I did like it especially the humor, but this game (character, world, everything) really deserved a remake more than anything else. 

jakej27
jakej27

Hurry up and update psn store!

kyle_douglas
kyle_douglas

its not on psn for download yett ...why??


Fantasticus
Fantasticus

ever since the 90s, i would always see the main character's face here & there, whether it be in a game store, playstation store, commercials, or wherever. i never gave it any attention but i think i will try this game out. i've seen livestreamers on ps4 getting owned over & over again playing this game! it's HILARIOUS!

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

This is why I don't take issue with remakes. It's especially great since I passed on the original not knowing what I missed.

Zombie8814
Zombie8814

This is the first game that actually makes me wish I had a PS4. I really want to play this game.

seanwil545
seanwil545

@Zombie8814 

Patience my friend...it's coming out for all platforms, including XBO it looks which I thought it was not. Loring hasn't exactly had kind words for MS, but it appears they might have smoothed things over.

rswsc0407
rswsc0407

@seanwil545 @Zombie8814  I thought it was only coming out for PS4/XBO, I glad to see that it's coming out for pretty much every other system too.


Now if only Grim Fandango wasn't next gen only, I've always wanted to play it but never got the chance.

MHzBurglar
MHzBurglar

@rswsc0407 @seanwil545 @Zombie8814

There's a PC version of the Grim Fandango remake coming out too and the system requirements likely won't be too heavy.  If you have a modern Windows machine you may be able to run that version.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

I remember when they had these big plans to make Oddworld this really, really epic saga over loads of games telling this enormous and convoluted story about a group of outcasts. It's a shame that never came to pass. The first couple of games were great, then releases kinda dried up and the epic-story-over-5-games thing was abandoned. Shame.

Flubbbs
Flubbbs

@tom_cat_01 blame EA.. they screwed over Stranger's Wrath and it ended up not selling well

Yaotar5
Yaotar5

...sweet memories :D

i will definitely give it a try if i have time...

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

I own the original, beat it in one sitting without a damn memory card, the game froze right as I beat the game... I'll probably buy this version.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

Glad to hear the positive buzz. I will support it in hopes of the remake and having cross-buy between all Sony platforms that can run it.

megablast16
megablast16

Was hoping to download it before going to work here in the UK, but it's still not in the store yet. This happens a lot on PSN over here.

Feeder16
Feeder16

For what it is, it's pretty expensive.

I won't be rushing out to get it until it's on sale.

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

I don't know if this game was difficult in '97, or if I wasn't that good of a gamer. Either way, I'm loving this game!

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

Man, Lorne Lanning...it's been a while. I hope to see you do more great games.


More importantly, I hope I get to shake hands with you one day over coffee (coffee for you, tea for me; not a coffee person lol...unless it's iced coffee) at a cafe, lol.

C-THREE
C-THREE

this game was so original but difficult when it first came out on PS1. I never finished it.

vader501st
vader501st

Release it on a worthwhile platform already.

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

Aaah, good memories with this one.  I remember I was playing this one when I was in the sixth grade.  This game truly was ahead of it's time.  My Dad and I still laugh about the little expression Abe does where he pats someone on the shoulder and says "Sorry", we mimic the voice and everything.  Comedy gold 

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

My very first PS1 game. Ah, good times....Was hard as heck though.

Ayzed
Ayzed

Why can I still not find this in PSN on my PS4?????? Frustrating is an understatement!

cductv
cductv

@Lhomity @Ayzed thank you for this i was curious as to why i couldn't find it on psn either

megablast16
megablast16

@Ayzed Yeah I was hoping to download it before going to work but, as usual, the EU store is slow at updating. Makes pre-ordering anything digital pretty pointless if it's well into launch day before you can download it.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

Gah! Thought today was the PS3 release... wanted to buy it so badly. I hope this becomes a trend, remaking games from the past that were just about perfect. =)

Stiler
Stiler

@rasterror @StarsiderSajun Why can you not have both? It's not like remastering an old game means they cna't still make new games. 

There are a ton of great old games that are just so outdated by today's standards that they would greatly benefit from a facelift

 

mattress805
mattress805

Good pts. It's funny when xbox one players bitch up remasters and then you ask them what is releasing this summer on the one. Oh , yeah that's right ....pretty much nothing.

XBlade1X
XBlade1X

I'd really like to buy this and support the Devs, but first I will need a release date on my platform of choice :(

DrKill09
DrKill09

I'll stick with the original...

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@DrKill09 

Yet why? This is a remake. Not much would have changed in the gameplay.

Unless you have some contrarian protest, e.g. you don't want graphical remakes, crutches for newbies and such other against-the-grain notions.

megablast16
megablast16

@DrKill09 That's up to you but, presuming you're an Oddworld fan, they'll only be able to make more games, including new stuff, if New & Tasty sells well.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@DrKill09 Tempted to say the same... A lot has changed in the feel of the games since the ps1 classics. Not sure if I'd enjoy the remakes if they follow the same trend.