Throughout all the current media on it, Oddworld, is a peaceful planet in jeopardy. The industrial ambitions of corporations are enslaving native populations and destroying the natural landscapes in a mad dash to acquire wealth. The main protagonist Abe, is a Mudokon who starts off as a slave in the RuptureFarms meat processing plant. He is a pacifist by nature and will not pick up a weapon or engage in combat; But instead uses stealth and his psychic powers to accomplish his quest to win his freedom, free other slaves, and stop the evil corporations from destroying the planet. Latter in Munch's Oddysee he teams up with Munch, the last surviving adult Gabbit, and helps save his race from extinction by saving the last remaining baby Gabbit eggs. Munch is less of a pacifist and can become very ruthless when angered; Not that he is particularly good at combat. His main abilities lies in manipulating machines and sonar tacking, both which he is able to do though a SkullJack surgically installed into his head. Additionally, he is a natural swimmer, something Abe has never been able to manage.
Abe's Oddysee, the first game in the Oddworld Quintology, is a two dimensional platforming game split into individual screens. It was released in 1997 for the PlayStation, DOS, Windows, Game Boy, and more recently the PlayStation Network. He starts off the game as a slave in RuptureFarms, a Glukkon run meat processing plant; But the plant has a problem, the ingredients for their products are quickly going extinct. In Abe's job as a floor waxer he overhears a board meeting about this very subject. They have a solution to this problem, a new product and a new source of meat, Mudokon Pops, made from Abe's own people, Mudokon slaves. So Abe escapes from the plant and on the way he encounters a shaman, BigFace. BigFace tells him that he is prophesied to rescue his enslaved people and restore the damaged and conquered land. But first Abe must travel the land and complete two test to gain the power of Shrykull. Abe completes these tasks and journeys back to RuptureFarms, rescues his fellow slave Mudokon, and comes close to shutting down the factory completely before he is captured. The game has two ending, one good the other bad; The good version is considered canonical and is triggered if at least fifty out of the ninety nine Mudokon slaves are rescued. In the good ending Abe is saved by the Mudokun slaves he saved.
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