Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

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Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee cover
Developers
Oddworld Inhabitants
Windows Digital Dialect
Publishers
GT Interactive
Engines
A.L.I.V.E.
Release dates
DOS October 31, 1997
Windows October 31, 1997
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee guide at StrategyWiki
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee at Wikipedia
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Key points

As game only runs on 640x480 resolution, it may cause problems with modern systems. See Widescreen resolution how to run the game with monitors native resolution.

General information

Oddworld Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bonus content also includes manual and soundtrack.
Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Can be run without Steam.[1]
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\abe.ini
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15700/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\*.sav
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15700/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Game is always 640x480, which may cause problems with modern systems.
This method will only raise output resolution to match desktop's one, game will still render at 640x480.
Installing DDhack[3]
  1. Download the DirectDraw hack.
  2. Extract it into the installation folder.
  3. Launch the game and it should run at your current desktop resolution.

Notes

This fix only works from Windows Vista onwards.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard settings.
Keyboard settings.
Controller settings.
Controller settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used in game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
DirectInput only. D-pad not used.
Full controller support
Controller has to be selected from settings before use. Advisable to rebind buttons.
Controller remapping
Movement can't be rebound, Speak 1 and Speak 2 are tied into run and sneak, menu naviagations can't be rebound (button 2 to confirm, button 9 to go back).
Reference of original PlayStation controls to help with rebinding.
Controller sensitivity
Digital movement.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg Instead of numbers, game uses letters. 1 → A, 2 → B, 3 → C, 4 → C, etc.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashes on launch[edit]

Error message titled "E:\Abe\POS\MYDDRAW.C" with messages "Can't set mode trying 640x480x8", "Can't set mode trying 640x480x16" and "SetMode failed err=-2147467263".
See Widescreen resolution for possible solution for fullscreen or use DxWnd to make game run in window.

Running the game on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Only effects original retail version. Not needed for currently digitally distributed versions.
Manually install the game[citation needed]
  1. Manually copy ALL the *.DDV and *.LVL files from CD, along with the AbeWin.exe, to a new folder, 126 files in total.
  2. For program compatibility options, select "Windows 2000", then run the executable. Windows will prompt you for the CD, which you can skip, and the game will work as it should.

Notes

You don't need the CD to run the game, as the EXE has all the files it needs in its folder, eliminating the slower loading times from the CD.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 630 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA
1 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/15700/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15700) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References