Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

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Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee cover
Oddworld Inhabitants
Windows Digital Dialect
GT Interactive
Release dates
DOS October 31, 1997
Windows October 31, 1997
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Stealth, Puzzle, Platform
Art styles Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Sci-fi, Space, Industrial Age, Comedy
Series Oddworld
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Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee on IGDB
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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
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
Bonus content also includes manual and soundtrack.
Humble Store
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be run without Steam.[1]
ZOOM Platform

Essential improvements[edit]

R.E.L.I.V.E. Source Port[edit]

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.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Move, delete or rename the intro-videos
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Move, delete or rename the following files: gtddlogo.ddv and logoint.ddv.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\abe.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15700/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.sav[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15700/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


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.


This fix only works from Windows Vista onwards.
This fix does not resolve graphical issues (like screen flicker) on the steam release. Consider using dgvoodoo2 instead.


Keyboard settings.
Keyboard settings.
Controller settings.
Controller settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse not used in game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
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.
Audio settings.

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


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

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

Running the game on 64-bit Windows[edit]

Only affects 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.


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]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Requires the R.E.L.I.V.E. source port.[4]

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.