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Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus

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Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus
Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus cover
Oddworld Inhabitants
Windows Digital Dialect
GT Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 17, 1998
Monetization One-time game purchase
Series Oddworld
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Key points

As game only runs on 640x480 resolution, it may cause problems with modern systems. See Widescreen resolution or R.E.L.I.V.E. Source Port how to run the game with monitors native resolution.

General information

Oddworld Wiki Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Bonus content also included including manual and wallpapers.
Humble Store
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ZOOM Platform
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential Improvements

R.E.L.I.V.E. Source Port

Open source new engine created via reverse engineering, that seeks to replace the original tools too.
Provides Native Resolution and Windowed mode support and bugfixes.
Supports Windows 10, MacOS, and Linux.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\abe2.ini[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15710/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.sav[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15710/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only. See Widescreen resolution or the source port for displaying properly on Widescreen monitors.
4K Ultra HD
See R.E.L.I.V.E. Source Port.
Field of view (FOV)
See R.E.L.I.V.E. Source Port.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution

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.


This fix only works from Windows Vista onwards.
This fix might not be necessary, as the game already runs in widescreen.
This fix does not resolve graphical issues (like screen flicker) on the steam release. Consider using dgvoodoo2 instead.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and Steam only.
Retail and Steam only; download for version
Retail and Steam only.
Retail and Steam only.

Issues fixed

Running the game on 64-bit Windows

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 EXODDUS.EXE and SOUNDS.DAT, to a new folder, 152 files in total.
  2. There are LVL files on the Play CD that are older than the same files on the Install CD, so all you need from the Play CD is the content in "movies".
  3. Run the executable. Windows will prompt you for the CD twice, which you can skip, and after the legal info in-game, it will prompt for the Play CD, just press ESC, and the game will work as it should.


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


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 6
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
64-bit requires the R.E.L.I.V.E. source port.
Requires the R.E.L.I.V.E. source port.[4][5]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
2000, XP only (Steam)
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 640 MB
700 MB (Steam)
Video card (GPU) SVGA
DirectX 6 compatible
Sound (audio device) 100% Soundblaster compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/15710/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15710) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.