This page of the guide to Oddworld Soulstorm contains a walkthrough of Level 1 - The Raid on Monsaic. Our walkthrough will show you how to safely leave the burning caves, what to do if Abe catches on fire, how to avoid enemy fire and how to deal with dangers in the environment.
Additional note: the green color in this walkthrough stands for secrets and unique locations / activities associated with the badges (challenges) in the game. Mission 1 badges were described on a separate page of the guide.
Escape the burning cave
Once you can control the protagonist, go to the right. The Story Stones found along the way contain short tutorials/hints about the basics of the game and controlling Abe - use the Square to interact with them.
Sprint right (hold R1) and jump (X; Abe can also perform double jumps - the X button must be pressed again when you're mid-air). Don't stop when you're under fire, because Abe could be shot or start burning. If case of the latter, you can start flipping (hold B) to put the flames out. Flips will also be required to squeeze under rocks.
You will come across checkpoints along the way. You can return to them automatically if Abe dies, or by manually selecting restart from the pause menu (this will be useful in later stages if, for example, you fail to save the Mudokons).
In the next cave you need to dodge the levitating mines and jump to the right. Abe will find himself under fire - he can hide behind small walls along the way. Unfortunately, they offer only temporary protection and can eventually be destroyed.
Next to the next checkpoint you will find the first interactive containers - you can examine them by pressing the square. This way, Abe can acquire loot - at this moment, the only loot will be Water Bottles. This is the protagonist's first gadget, which is used to extinguish fires.
You have to select the bottles from the inventory (hold triangle), then aim (right analog) and finally throw (R2). Aim for the flames, of course. You won't be successful in that every single time, but you simply need to correct the bottle's trajectory and try again.
Before going down the extinguished path, you may want to jump to the upper platforms, namely those located above the checkpoint. You'll find the first Royal Jelly secret. Collecting these items allows you to lengthen Abe's health bar.
Go back down and go right. After reaching the edge of the chasm, you have to help yourself by using double jumps to jump to more distant shelves safely.
In the upper and lower part of the area, where you do the double jumps, two more Royal Jelly secrets are located. You have to watch out for the flames and the flying mines as you try to reach the collectibles.
After collecting the secrets, go further to the right. Remember to start sprinting if you reach a place where Abe's life will be in danger again. In the next part of the journey, you must use the Monkey Bars for the first time. All you have to do is jump on them, and Abe will catch them on his own.
In the hall with flames, you must first go right, then climb to a higher shelf and then start jumping to the bars on the left. Further journey is also linear and involves moving further along the bars. Remember not to hide behind the breakable walls for too long.
After reaching the location from the attached picture, you can drop down and collect the Royal Jelly secret. Head further to the right and use water bottles to extinguish the flames along the way.
Abe will eventually reach the cavern with four bars above the burning floor. Stop at the last bar and aim the water bottles at the bottom right corner of the location, as marked on the attached image. Once the flames are out, you can go there and collect the Royal Jelly secret.
Climb up and go to the right. In the next burning area you must quickly jump from one bar to the next. Keep sprinting and don't stop to prevent the wooden structure from collapsing prematurely.
After reaching the final part of the shelf, start jumping to the lower ones. At the very bottom, there is a Secret Area, virtually in plain sight. You can extinguish the flames with water bottles and reach the Royal Jelly secret.
Go left after collecting the secret. Searching the nearby containers will get you the Brew Bottles for the first time. You can switch between the Brew Bottles and the Water Bottles from inventory (hold triangle).
The purpose of the Brew Bottles is to set a given area on fire. Go to the very bottom and check out the blocked path on the right. You need to throw a brew bottle in such a way that it hits the fire and ignites the oily substance. The flames will spread to the barricade and eventually destroy it. If it failed and the fire didn't start, then try to throw the bottle from a different angle.
Before you go any further, switch to water bottles of course, and use them to put out the fire. Only now can you safely head to the right.
Go down (there are new loot containers in the area). You will get to the next barricade and you'll have to repeat the same steps - throw a brew bottle at the fire and the oil, wait until the flames burn the barricade and switch to water bottles to use them to extinguish the fire. Important - if the barricade does not want to catch fire, then throw an extra brew bottle at it.
You will reach the first Pulley soon. You'll need to interact with it (square) and use it to get to the top.
Stay where the elevator took you and jump to the ledges on the left. A Royal Jelly secret is hidden on the highest shelf, and it is also a Secret Area.
Jump down and go right. Abe needs to start sprinting soon to avoid catching fire and getting shot.
As you escape, look around the area from the attached picture - you can find another Royal Jelly secret there.
After another short climb, you will arrive at the place from picture 1. You can turn around and jump to the top right shelf. This will allow you to reach the Secret Area find a Royal Jelly secret.
Only now go to the left and reach the elevator. Once you ride it, head to the right and use one more elevator.
You need to keep going right and use the Water bottles to deal with the flames, of course. As you're going further, a counter of saved and killed Mudokons will appear in the upper right corner of the screen. You don't have to rescue anyone in this Level. All Mudokons will be saved automatically.
Abe will soon have to evade fire again. As you escape, be careful not to miss the shelf with the Royal Jelly secret from the attached picture.
Once you pick up this secret, jump to the lowest level and go right. Abe can roll through a small hole and reach the area shown in the image. The last Royal Jelly secret is hidden here, and to get to it, you will have to put the fire out with Water Bottles.
After collecting the secret, go back left and climb up. Put the flames out along the way and jump up to the higher shelves (the double jump will be useful here).
You can try out destroying the crates in the new area by using Brew Bottles (Square). Once you collect the bottles, check out the top left shelf. Jumping to it will allow you to discover the last Secret Area.
Return to the bottom and use the Brew Bottles on the fire again to destroy the barricade. Put out the fire and go to the right.
The final part of this level is only a very linear escape. Sprint and jump to skip over the gaps and reach the bars. When you run away from your enemies, the game will cue the cut-scene and the mission summary screen will be displayed.