Reviews for Super Meat Boy

95

Very fun and challenging!

Awesomedude864 | Sept. 12, 2014 | See all Awesomedude864's reviews »

If you like games that are hard but are rewarding then you'll love this game! At times you want to quit but at the same time you just want to beat that one level... Then you spend more time just trying to beat the next one and the one after that, and before you know it- it's been two hours. Overall the game is awesome!

95

Really fun and adictive game

Fourclops | Sept. 1, 2014 | See all Fourclops's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a very challenging platformer. With the mission to save your girlfriend, you gotta jump around hellholes made only to kill your patience. It's pretty simple to control once you get the hang of it, and it gives you lots of fun and rage

70

Challenging and Aggravating, but good concept.

LunarMemories | Aug. 11, 2014 | See all LunarMemories's reviews »

This game is Challenging... The best description I can give it is that it is Aggravating, yet Addictive. Shares the same sort of feel that a "Trials" game has, you feel aggravated while playing, then if you can somehow complete the level you will feel accomplished. After that you will look at the clock and see that those 6 hours went by in a flash...

93

Difficult, but rewarding

testygamer | Aug. 9, 2014 | See all testygamer's reviews »

This game can be a very very frustrating experience but when you manage to beat the level you had thought was pretty much impossible, the feeling is exhilarating. The thing is if you play the first world you may be left with the impression that the game really isn't that difficult, but trust me it is. Especially when you get to certain levels(my kryptonite was the hell level...but after many hours I got through it). This game is for those who would like a challenge. It is not for those who want a nice relaxing game. However just because of its difficulty it does not mean that it is to be avoided. No quite the opposite. If you think you are up for the challenge I definitely recommend this game to you. Good Luck you will need it!

100

Want some meat?

hateah | July 29, 2014 | See all hateah's reviews »

Ah, I remember when i played that game my fingers started hurting from the non-stop pushing keys. It has a lot of maps, each map has 12 levels, and a boss which you have to kill or run from, to unlock other levels and save your girlfriend. There are some hard levels which can make you rage and no matter how hard you try still not to succeed to pass the level. It's a basically a meat boy which can stick to walls, jump very long ranges, pass by edge'd objects which can kill you and a lot of more stuff. There are also leaderboards where you can race with the other players from the community by who finished the level for less time. It's my first game which i played from the indie genre. The art style which have been used fits the game very good, every level is very different from the previous one which makes the game even more fun to play and not be able to get boring to you.

97

Ridiculously hard, yet so much fun

ThreshNautBlitz | July 16, 2014 | See all ThreshNautBlitz's reviews »

Super Meat Boy will make you grit your teeth, throw down your gamepad, and punch the screen repeatedly before you calm down and try again. It may be one of the hardest games in the genre, but it's also extremely fair. Perhaps that is why it is so satisfying try after try after try when you finally beat the level.

88

Top of the line Indie.

StupidMarioBros | July 14, 2014 | See all StupidMarioBros's reviews »

This game is a rage-inducing game, which I usually turn away from, but every other aspect just makes it so much fun.

Not only are the visuals unique and fit perfectly, the controls are very tight and feel fitting. The game runs very well, which isn't a surprise, but is worth mentioning. The characters aren't very deep, but this game doesn't focus on story, and what it does focus on it great.

All in all, great game.

75

Just a warning, raises blood pressure.

ashleymurray | July 4, 2014 | See all ashleymurray's reviews »

Looks a million times easier than it is to play. This is good in a game, and I enjoyed the challenge. Because the more you play, the better you get, which is rewarding. But I sometimes did feel that the gradient went up far too quickly in terms of difficulty. I prefer games that build up the difficulty a bit more slowly. It's a lot of fun (and frustration) for the low price. Characters are cute and memorable.

85

Definitely one of the most fun Indie Titles I've played

reginleifx | July 4, 2014 | See all reginleifx's reviews »

This game is great. Sure, it does not have great visuals, and the plot is not great, it just feels like an old platformer. However, the gameplay is fluid and challenging, there are lots of traps you have to avoid making contact with, and it's harder than it sounds. Meat Boy's movements can feel a little bit slippery (This depends from player to player, I believe), and, in case you don't like playing as him, you can unlock some other characters by visiting secret levels, or getting bandages, which are really hard to collect, but add a lot of gameplay time if you're a completionist, and most of them are really fun to play, at least in my opinion. Now, the soundtrack is wonderful, it fits the game well, and almost every single song in it is catchy. Overall, this game is great, and it's a tough challenge for those who think most new games are too easy for them.

88

Great game, can be quite stressful

MarianoAlipi | July 2, 2014 | See all MarianoAlipi's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a very well done game, with good "physics" and story. Gameplay is one of the best parts of this game, as there are many, many levels to beat with obstacles. It's a great game, very entertaining, but if you don't have much patience, I wouldn't recommend it for you; sometimes, you just can't complete a level and that can be very annoying. However, I still DO recommend you to try it out!

73

Tough but Fair

884okeoJ | June 30, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a game that is a welcome throwback to retro era tough-but-fair platformers. While this game is certainly difficult, it isn't completely unfair in the manner of games like I Wanna Be the Guy. The levels are well designed, and the music is top-notch. There is also a wealth of levels to keep you playing for a much longer time than a game at this price usually does. My main problem is the lack of responsiveness of the controls while using a keyboard and mouse. I found myself often pressing the jump button only to have my on-screen character do nothing at all. The best way to play the game is with a controller, but that is no excuse for a mediocre keyboard control scheme.

95

Meat, Meat everywhere.

rualdcop | June 13, 2014 | See all rualdcop's reviews »

The most good game i have ever play! The game also have funny moments, epic parts, and also very difficulties parts, like the Dark World, the soundtrack is to die for.

I also like the 8-bits and 16-bits levels. Very good game!

95

U mad?

Furrek | June 7, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

Did you ever played a game where you needed to restart/play it again because it was hard? Did you ever tried to achieve 100% in game and know how long, and sometimes hard, it is? Forget it. In Super Meat Boy you will try to beat again and again normal levels, and when you will set yourself a goal of beating it in 100%... good luck. This game makes everyone anger, but somehow it's also fun. There are tons of levels, even more fan made, and this game will make anger your best friend. The numbers of my deaths in this game was far more than 5000. And I still didn't completed it. Do you love platform games? Try it. Do you want a challenge? Try it. It's one of most hardest games that was out to this day. I don't count old games, but srsly, nowaday games are almost too easy to play. If you are bored with that, Super Meat Boy is for you.

90

Rage Inducing Platforming Joy

Farrlap | May 25, 2014 | See all Farrlap's reviews »

A retro platformer that doesn't have much of a story, depth wise, but plenty of hilarious weirdness that will keep you interested none the less.. It's pixel art style that adds to that retro indie feel, is doubled by the cut scenes that are not only entertaining but reminds one of an old school flash animation. The soundtrack is amazing with chiptunes that accompany Meat Boy on his heroic, bloody, rage inducing, addictive, wondrous adventure.
Reflecting on the "rage inducing" part from before this game is easily one of the hardest games you'll ever play... BUT the perfect controls and inventive challenges will keep you trying again and again and again and again,,,. And if the original levels aren't enough, every level has an even more challenging Dark World counterpart that you will surely pull your hair out over... BUT in a good way. There are lots of secrets to find, unlockable characters and much more. Definitely a game that should be in anyone's collection.

90

Great but hard Game

warr10r94 | May 20, 2014 | See all warr10r94's reviews »

This game is one of the best platformers I have played in some time. It is hard but that doesn’t take the fun out of it. On the contrary. It even makes the game even better because you’ll work really hard to beat a level. The graphics also give you that nostalgic felling like you’re playing one of those old games and the secret levels are just awesome. The music is a highlight in this game. It is just awesome soundtrack. Overall if you like platformers then give this game a try but be warned because it is a bit difficult.

92

Great platformer...but not for the weak of heart.

EDGE1812 | May 10, 2014 | See all EDGE1812's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is probably one of the best platformers I have ever played.The stages are well layed out and feels different and the soundtrack is pretty great and gels well with the gameplay.

But be warned the game is NOT easy, you will probably end up with a damaged keyboard or a chipped monitor with the level of difficulty the game has, but it never feels unfair, and you always respawn at the begining of the same level which is a good thing.

The game has unlockable characters which makes the game more enticing and desirable to actually go all out and actually complete those hard as hell levels.

Its is a fantastic platforming game with a high learning curve and if you are yearning for a challenge like in the good old days, look no further !

93

Meaty Goodness!

Multijirachi | April 18, 2014 | See all Multijirachi's reviews »

Super Meat Boy; Where to begin? A game that sparks the nostalgia deep within while also offering up some of the best platformer action this side of the indie market. With it's cutesy flash visuals, both bright and colorful, as well as flipping the coin to dark, depressing wastelands of peril, Super Meat Boy is a beautiful game.

One of the best features of this title is of course the razor sharp controls. Ultra responsive (On a gamepad), your controller becomes an extension of your body, allowing you to accurately and precisely navigate through SMB's hundreds of levels.

The soundtrack is to die for. Reminiscent of an earlier time, SMB sounds like an late 90's Nintendo title, and cannot be beat with its in-game noises, ranging from the squish of wet meat on a hard surface to birds chirping in a forest.

Super Meat Boy is a rare gem of a title, that will have you engrossed for hours upon hours on end. If you seek challenge, or nostalgia, SMB is the way to go.

90

extremely addictive

pvmambembe | April 17, 2014 | See all pvmambembe's reviews »

The game is extremely addictive but beware, it can cause extreme anger.

With millimeter challenging levels the game can frustrate you every minute, leading the player to want to prove increasingly Who is the best there.

An indie game that came and knocked many AAA games out there.] It is worthwhile to be tested, it is money well spent; fun and the challenge.

But as I said before: Careful ... You might end up disappointed with yourself too ...

90

Frustratingly Great!

Edreih | April 17, 2014 | See all Edreih's reviews »

This game will make you want to throw your controller but the satisfaction of beating a really difficult level or unlocking a character is a great reward in itself.

This is one of the nicest platformers out there in terms of game mechanics and replayability. There are tons of levels, collectibles, and a variety of characters to unlock. Plus there are user created levels and worlds you can try out as well. The story isn't anything too deep, you're a boy made of meat trying to rescue your bandage girlfriend from a guy named Dr. Fetus.

This game is a total indie gem you must try out at least once and I highly recommend it.

93

A very fun platformer

Pwnclub | April 16, 2014 | See all Pwnclub's reviews »

This indie game is one of the best in its genre. Super Meat Boy requires precise jumping and manoeuvres, as well as quite a bit of school. SMB has a notorious reputation for being a difficult game. Personally, I don't find it ridiculously unfair, and the main campaign isn't nearly as hard as the "Dark World" version of it. There are tons of unlockable characters, some of them are from familiar indie games such as VVVVVV and Braid. If you enjoy a challenging platformer, I recommend this title thoroughly.

91

A lot of fun and RAGE!

Zazutuu | April 15, 2014 | See all Zazutuu's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a really good platformer.

The story is simply. You are meat boy. Dr. Fetus kidnappes Bandage Girl.You then go to save her. The gameplay is great. You will be really satisfied when you finally finish a level. The background music is repetitive but really good.

I spent over 30 hours on this game so I recommend it.

80

Really hard platform game

coop | April 10, 2014 | See all coop's reviews »

It's the hardest platform game that I've ever played. If you have times to spend and if you want an innovative game... well, buy it! 300+ Levels. Oh, yes! And it's also very funny. It's try to think that it's an Indie game, because it's a perfect platform game.

94

A difficult game that you cant get enough of

dillymydally | March 31, 2014 | See all dillymydally's reviews »

I loved this game. The game was a series of pretty difficult puzzles that were made with ingenuity. No part in the game lead to an ounce of boredom. I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a true challenge from a video game.

93

Extremely enjoyable, but extremely hard.

warmoose | March 15, 2014 | See all warmoose's reviews »

This game is an extremely fun platformer that will quickly latch onto your brain as you try again, and again, and again. If there is one problem with this game it is that the difficulty spikes up. A fair number of people will not complete this game, and many will quit before they are half way through. However they will likely be having the time of their life when they are playing this game. Firstly the fluidity of the controls are amazing. You can easily get the little meat boy to go in any which direction. My only complaint is that you will almost constantly be pressing run, which is in an awkward position on the keyboard, so there may be some fatigue after long periods of play. The music in this game is amazingly good, and there are a fair number of tracks shown throughout the game. The gameplay is amazingly good. The designers of this really knew what they were doing, and each level brings in something different. I still haven't gotten through all of the levels, which there are many of. In fact if you do happen to run out of the many (280?) levels there are extra player made ones for free.

90

No Skin? No Problem!

Autocyclist | March 7, 2014 | See all Autocyclist's reviews »

An absolutely crushing game, designed to punish you just as much as reward you. In Super Meat Boy, you play as a skinless boy trying to save your girlfriend made of band-aids from a malevolent foetus in a jar and a tuxedo. This is of course achieved by zipping through level after level of hazards, ranging from meat grinding blades to rivers of maggots. Super Meat Boy is hundreds of levels of pure challenge and frustration. Your thumbs will hurt, your eyes will twitch, your heart will leap and your nerves will fry. But you'll get there in the end and you'll feel like a god for it. I'd give it two thumbs up, if they weren't so ravaged by RSI.

83

A fun and interesting game

vineetss | Feb. 28, 2014 | See all vineetss's reviews »

I find Super Meat Boy quite interesting. You play as a meat cube and jump around. I was confused by the instructions at first, but I quickly came to understand them. Also, I highly recommend you use a controller as the user interface is much easier to use. This game is a true indie game and I love being able to play for only a few minutes and then go do something else, as the levels are quite short. Though the levels are a bit short , there are a lot of them and you need quite a bit of ingenuity and skill to get past them Overall, I recommend you get this game.

100

Throw back to hardcore platformers

damienjameswebb | Feb. 20, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »

I doubted i would enjoy super meat boy for the fact that i had heard it was extremely hard... but oh was i wrong. it was challenging enough that it made it interesting, but didn't make me feel defeated every two seconds (even though i really was). the art style is fantastic and the little nods to classic gaming in the levels and playable character design is great. the game can crash from time to time however on pc. the game was really made for xbox in the first place, but i'll forgive team meat for that one considering the trouble they had with that hot mess in the first place.

One of my all time favorites, and a must play for any true gamer.

92

Best Platformer out there

Batman100 | Feb. 14, 2014 | See all Batman100's reviews »

Good day to you lady's and gentlemen,today i will be telling you why you should get Super Meat Boy.The game might look easy by simply just looking at it but when you really get into the game you see a whole story unfold before your very eyes. The game constantly throws extremely annoying and rage inducing enemies and obstacles in your way to save your beautiful girlfriend: Bandage Girl. You (Super Meat Boy) must guide him through treacherous environments to beat the fiend who kidnapped your girlfriend and get your revenge. Now i must warn you if you dont like very hard games then bugger off! Anyway for the people who do, then you have just found a beautiful gift in the form of a game. I recommend playing the demo of this game first on NewsGrounds and buying the actual game after. It is fairly cheap for the amount of gameplay you get out of it. There is a map editor, extra characters from different games such as 'I wanna be the Guy' and 'Bit Trip Runner' and others and even some secret characters from a very popular game... So take my word for it and go ahead dont be scared and purchase this wonderful piece of art.

90

Great platforming and frustrating until you get used to controls

Kokuei | Feb. 12, 2014 | See all Kokuei's reviews »

It's an interesting game. The story sets off as Meat Boy's girlfriend Bandage Girl gets kidnapped by Dr. Fetus. If it sounds cliché; it is. The developer Edmund McMillen developed a game 6 years before this one called Gish which the main character; a ball of tar has his girlfriend kidnapped and he must go after her. Many other games also utilize this or generalize it. Limbo, Mario, and Braid for example.

The gameplay is simple. You have your movement keys, your run key and your jump key. The movement is very reactive and there isn't much if any latency from the point where you press a button and your character moves. This goes without saying you'll need to learn some muscle memory and skills required to complete the game. While in the air you can jump higher vertically or move farther horizontally depending on your you jumped. You need to know when you should and shouldn't use the run button. With that said; you'll die a lot. The controls are not analog. This means if you use a keyboard; you will not be at a disadvantage compared to some with an analog stick controller. If anything the controls are more reliable with a keyboard because you'll need to adjust small movements quite a lot in the air and you get more precision by tapped a keyboard compared to pushing an analogs or tapping a dpad.

The difficulty really depends. There are 5 worlds not including the ending. There are light and dark sides. Dark side being the harder counterpart. The layout of each level is similar in both dark and light sides. The difference is that the dark side has more stuff to kill you. There are secret hidden characters where you can unlock with colleting bandages or searching for warp zones which are secret levels. The characters vary from one another. Some are similar and others are completely different. The derpy meat boy which doesn't allow you to run as quick but you have a double jump for example. Respawning is instant and most levels are very small. It's not until you reach the Rapture world where the level size increases dramatically.

The graphics are simple and sweet. They did a really good job creating a layout that was easy on the eyes which allows you to concentrate on your your character. This also allows you to get into a zone and play for long periods of time.

All in all; the game is a really nice gem and should be played or at least tried. They initially released a Flash version called Meat Boy. If you're unsure you may try the flash game first but I have to warn you; the controls are not as responsive as Super Meat Boy.

83

This game is what I think of when I hear "Indie game"

nuclearkatfish | Feb. 10, 2014 | See all nuclearkatfish's reviews »

Let me say, I have beaten the game on several occasions and delved into the awesome community of this game with speed runs and one life challenges. All very exciting but what is more exciting is the fact that only two guys made this game. Sitting in an apartment with almost no income and now rolling in as much money they need to produce awesome products like this!

65

Weird, but good.

H4ZD4M4N | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all H4ZD4M4N's reviews »

This game is basically a fast-paced platformer. I enjoyed it and am still unlocking more characters and extras within the game.

Like most platformers, it can be very frustrating when you reach a bit you can't do but it's equally as satisfying when you finally get through it. The controls are very responsive and after each death you respawn very quickly which creates a very addictive experience. There will also be gore left behind from previous attempts which can help you navigate your way through the level.

There is a story of sorts, it's more a stereotype of platformers but with out of the ordinary characters. You won't really be paying too much attention to this.

Overall, this game is about the gameplay, the story is not really anything to rave about. That said, I enjoyed it and I think I will continue to enjoy it for a while longer.

83

Fun, but not easy.

GeorgeStorm | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all GeorgeStorm's reviews »

Ever wondered what it would be like if you were a block of meat jumping around whilst trying to avoid dying? This is your chance! Super Meat Boy is a 2D platformer, where you control a block of meat as you have to try and make your way through a large number of levels, wall jumping your way trying to avoid a variety of obstacles in your path. It has a great visual style and great soundtrack, the controls are simple yet the game is very difficult. As well as the normal levels there are a selection of extras, along with challenges within the normal levels (such as completing them within a certain time limit).

One of the most satisfying and funny moments I've ever had in a game was after finally completing a level I had been stuck on, and seeing a replay of all of my lives all played out at once on the screen, which basically turned into a giant red splat as hundreds of little Super Meat Boys started jumping around and exploding as all but one came to their swift demise.

A great little platformer which can suck hours of your life, although I would recommend a controller as I found my fingers quickly disliked me playing it on the keyboard for long periods of time!

88

One of the best platformers

gforcesa | Dec. 28, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »

It's a hell of a game.You play as a meat boy that has to save his girlfriend that has been kidnapped.You complete different levels that are very unique and hard to complete.If you mess up you have start from the beginning of the level.It's really fun and at some point could get you mad so if that happens just exit the game so that something doesn't get damaged (speaking from experience).The boss fight are awesome and every boss you have to run from and not get killed along the way.It's best played with an controller mainly because it feels more responsive.

82

A Fun...but Frustrating Platformer

faerie241 | Dec. 26, 2013 | See all faerie241's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a really fun platformer with a lot of great elements to it. Its storyline is just simple enough to set up the game, with you trying to save the one you love from an evil kidnapper, which is pretty standard fare for a platformer. Graphically, its a very cutesy style, obviously meant to contrast with the amount of blood on screen. There is a lot of blood, which considering that Super Meat Boy is, in fact, a pile of raw meat, is hardly surprising. The platforming itself is fun, but VERY difficult. Super Meat Boy has very slippery controls. Now, by slippery, I don't mean loose by any means. The game's controls are fully functional, but they do feel like he will move far faster and further than you initially think he will, which adds to the game's difficulty. Ultimately, if you like platforming adventures, and you are really good at them and want a challenge, you will love this game.

90

One of the Best Platformers Out There

AznPandamonium | Dec. 21, 2013 | See all AznPandamonium's reviews »

This is a precision platforming game that is extremely frustrating at times, but very satisfying. It is very fast paced and I would only recommend it for people that have good twitch reactions. Each level is very short, but if you die you must start from the beginning. There is tons of contents with a light world, dark world, and community created content. I think this game is a gem and would easily recommend it.

74

Mostly Right

untitled36 | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all untitled36's reviews »

Most of these reviews mention the difficulty of the game. They're right. You will run your little meat-flesh persona into more saw blades than you can count, until the level is literally covered in the gore of your failed attempts. While at first glance it's just gratuitous violence, it actually serves as an aid for future attempts as it warns you of past mistakes. You also respawn nearly instantly, with no annoying loading scenes between deaths. It's fast, it's gruesome, it's Meatboy. The controls are tight, and you always feel your deaths are your own fault, not clunky unresponsive computer issues. Still, the game is a simple platformer. The levels get harder, but nothing really changes the game much. There isn't the same variety of levels that, say, a mario game would have, and this is ultimately the game's downside. A bizarre story links the levels, something about an embryonic robot monster taking your true love, but it ultimately fails to bring much meaning to the game. It's not about the goal, it's about the gameplay. And for me, the gameplay wore off long before the game finished.

88

Merciless platformer

drakso | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all drakso's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a 2D platformer. But it in the sea of platformers it is one of the rare games that actually DOES THINGS RIGHT. The game is very well crafted for what it is. The level design is phenomenal and the platforming feels really good and fast paced. The game is super difficult, but if you are looking for an easy laid back experience you are probably not a fan of platformer games anyways. There are a huge variety of levels and different unlockable characters that each bring a new twist to the platforming. The art style is original and very well made. If you love platforming games you won't regret playing this game.

86

Platforming Done Right

aronater | Dec. 14, 2013 | See all aronater's reviews »

First of all, just in case you doubted everything you may have read about this game, let's set the record straight. This game is extremely challenging. So challenging, that at times you may think that there is no possible way to complete the level you're playing.

For a long time I avoided buying this game, because excessive difficulty in video games often frustrates me to the point of just giving up. However, I eventually bought it, and I'm quite happy I did. Because no matter how challenging the game gets, it somehow manages to avoid leaving the player frustrated. Instead of quitting, I found myself playing levels over and over determined to reach the next level.

To give a brief overview, you play as a piece of meat determined to rescue his girlfriend. Simple enough. The levels are extremely short, and if mastered, most can be finished in under 1 minute. They involve jumping from one platform to another and getting past all of the different dangers thrown at you. You will die many times, and it will take a lot of trial-and-error to figure out how to proceed. However once you reach the end of each level to be reunited with your "girlfriend" (if only for a brief moment), you will feel an intense feeling of satisfaction. That feeling will keep you going from level to level.

The game is presented quite nicely with a simple yet pleasant art style, some cool effects, and a lot of small touches which really improve the game. The audio is also quite impressive, with great sound effects and a really intense soundtrack. The controls (at least with a gamepad), are tight and feel responsive without being overly sensitive like many other platformers.

If you're still on the fence about this game, get it. You will most probably enjoy it immensely, and you will get to see for yourself why Super Meat Boy is considered by many to be one of the best indie platformers ever released.

95

Possibly the best platformer ever.

Helicuor | Dec. 13, 2013 | See all Helicuor's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is an amazing game. On the surface, it is merely a simple 2D platformer. It doesn't have exceptional graphics, or a masterful plot, or nuanced characters. What it has is one of the best platformer gameplays in existence. Every aspect of the game feel tight and controlled; every jump you make is your responsibility. The timing is tight, the jumps tricky, the gameplay smooth. Overall a brilliantly designed and executed game.

79

A frustrating, yet fun to play game

RedFrix | Dec. 2, 2013 | See all RedFrix's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is one of the best indie platformers that really gets me on trying to beat the level over and over even if I die a lot, not much platformers are really able to success that and that's what made Super Meat Boy popular. It has quite a big variety of levels, even more if you download user maps and even create your own for self-challenge. The story is kind of low, but that's not what the game was actually aiming for, I suppose. I recommend it for all the 2D platformer people who's really up into some frustrating fun time

70

The Return of Twitch Gaming

Stuman31 | Nov. 29, 2013 | See all Stuman31's reviews »

If you lived through the gaming of the 90s you often reminisce of the days when games were unforgiving difficult and you required a perfect series of 10 events to go your way to progress (i certainly remember the hours spent having to perfect GTA1 levels). Super Meat Boy takes you right back there. Can make it frustrating because the last 15 years have softened you up to what it really meant to be a hard core gamer. Worthwhile for those who love a challenge

90

This game it's tough and hard like iron, but it's soooo good!!!!

MauroR | Nov. 28, 2013 | See all MauroR's reviews »

If you're looking for though 2D platformer, one of those games who make you want to throw the controller from the window, a game that will test your patience and timing skill, well you found it: It's Super Meat Boy. The game controls are great even with a simple keyboard and I was surprised by this fact, usually this kind of game are a nightmare without a gamepad controller, but this game instead Super Meat Boy it's excellent even from a control view. Of course it plays the best with a gamepad controller, never forget this, but you'll get a great experience even if you want to play with a keyboard. There are also several playable characters to unlock from several other known indie game like Minecraft.

If you are up to the challenge, this game is waiting for you, and once you're in you can't stop playing it, so, what you're waiting for? Super Meat Boy needs your help, his girlfriend it's in danger.

85

A Punishing and Rewarding Experience

bnamsrom | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all bnamsrom's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a platformer but not in the sense that Mario or Sonic are. While the the player is still tasked to get from point A to point B, the levels are short and can be completed within around 15 seconds if done correctly, but much more time than that will be spent on each one due to the intense difficulty of the game. Players control a boy made of meat (hence the name) and will be tasked with jumping off of walls, running from flying saw blades and leaping over pits of deadly spikes in order to save their girlfriend who happens to be made of bandages. But more than anything else, players will be dying over and over again. That is what makes the game so great though; the amount of difficulty makes it that much sweeter when you finally get your timing just right, evade every danger, and make it to the princess...er...bandage...girl.

89

One of the best indie games I've played

finkrocks44 | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all finkrocks44's reviews »

Super meat boy is one of those "I'll only play one more level" games, and will leave you staying up for hours playing it. The controls are flawless, and everything works very smoothly. The cut-scenes and story line add for some great comedy and make the game even more enjoyable. The game is actually pretty big, having a huge library of hidden levels and characters to unlock, and there seems to always be something more to do. The only complaint I have about the game is its high price-tag for an indie game, but it still is worth it at full price, and I would recommend jumping for it if it goes on sale.

80

The most challenging fun in years

foirfe | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all foirfe's reviews »

I already knew before I started playing, that I was going to have a hard time playing this game, having played and enjoyed the flash game Meat Boy. I am also known for giving up when games get hard, but for some reason this game was too addicting to just give up, I had to save bandage girl after all. Game is great, even better with controller, and shouldn't be left out during sales!

91

One of the hardest and most exciting platformers

Shreyan | Nov. 21, 2013 | See all Shreyan's reviews »

Super meat boy is the dark souls of platformers. You will die again and again only to come back for more. The levels feel unique and actually take very less time to complete(1-2 minutes tops). But completing it might take hours. The music is top notch and suits the mood for each level. You can unlock other characters from other indie games by completing hidden levels or collecting bandages. Collct enough and you can unlock a character. Each of them have their own unique power. Pick this game up for it's intensity. Also a controller is highly advisable for playing the game.

90

The tightest controls you will ever see in a platforming game

RawChilliGamer | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all RawChilliGamer's reviews »

I went in to Super meat boy with the expactations that it would just be "another platformer." Boy was I wrong! This game has some of the best controls I've ever experienced in a game before. Yes it is hard as nails and it will make you cry when you come to later stages... But when you finally beat a level you get a feeling of satisfaction that I've never felt in a long time. Also there is tons of things to do in this game, if you think the regular levels are easy, well then play the dark world version of them which are atleast 2x as hard! You can try and get an A+ ranking on every level (you have to beat the level in a specific time to get A+) If you still have things to do, then try and find all the warp zones or try and get all the bandages in the game! Not to mention the music... Oh god the music is amazing!

I recommend this game to anyone who wants a challenge! But a word of warning, if you're going to complete this game, be prepared for hours of sleepless nights and crying in the shower...

98

Good Ol' Retro Fun

taythib | Nov. 19, 2013 | See all taythib's reviews »

To start off, this game is a trip right back to the early 90s. Using its retro pixel art graphics, it's very charming to look at. The game consists of a few dozen levels that get increasingly difficult, and by the end of the game you'll want to tear your hair out it's so hard! The platformer controls are very smooth and the game does rely on a certain amount of skill and memorization, but it feels very rewarding to complete every level. Not to mention the boss fights are great! This is not a game to pass up!

92

Most challenging indie platformer ever

commanderhavoc | Nov. 15, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »

This is one of those types of games that will leave you frustrated over that you can't get past this one level, but then you feel this almost overwhelming sense of achievement when you finally manage to beat it. The art style is also really good, especially with the fact that Meat Boy leaves a trail of blood on the ground when he runs and the backgrounds are really well made too. This is also another one of those games that are best played with a gamepad rather then then keyboard as the controls can be quite tricky when played with the arrow keys on the keyboard. The devs behind Super Meat Boy also later made the disturbing rogue-like game The Binding of Isaac and that game also is really hard, like an old NES game that is meant to test your gaming skills.

50

Super Death Now

kwadracik | Nov. 12, 2013 | See all kwadracik's reviews »

Super Meat Boy will make you feel bad. It will crush you. But when you win this f%&*#@ng game, you 'll feel perfectly. And you 'll try to master your scores. In the end, it will make you feel bad. again.

Super Meat Boy is sadistic platformer game. Completing a level takes about 10 - 60 seconds. But you must try about 100 times in a level. Or more. Saving Bandage Girl will steal about 6 hours from your life. There are also bandages to collect, warp zones to complete and dark sides of the levels to beat.

If you are a sadist, Super Meat Boy is a perfect game for you. If you aren't, you can try play it, but you 'll give up very quick.

100

Team Meat's flagship

magusonline | Nov. 8, 2013 | See all magusonline's reviews »

What started as Edmund and Tommy's flash game together, later evolved into one of the earliest iconic indie games to break out into the market (Braid having come before, chronologically) and causing an explosive surge in indie game development from all walks of life, to all various platforms of gaming.

This game challenges your reaction time and mind/body coordination like any retro platformer you've dealt with in your time. With the regular levels, character unlocks, alternative worlds, and 100%'ing, you will be here for a long time.

Well done Team Meat.

76

Sets the bar for indie platformers

fverret | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all fverret's reviews »

Super Meat Boy's reputation for being hard is well-earned. You will die a lot, but the levels are short (and numerous), so you will retry them several times until you manage to complete them. It is not unforgiving, as it teaches you to overcome its challenges and to become better.

The story of boy saves girl from villain is only an excuse for the levels, one we could have done without. Do we really need this tired old cliché as motivation to reach the end of the level? It might be a throwback to the games of yore, but simply copying elements from older games does not make it a clever reference.

All in all, it is a solid game.

100

Very good Indie Game

jesterx7769 | Nov. 3, 2013 | See all jesterx7769's reviews »

Very fun and easy straightforward game yet challenging to master. The game will make you think and challenge you. At the end of the level when they show you all the deaths you had you will chuckle as your guys slowly die one by one until the mighty one makes it. As far as an indie platformer this is easily a 100 as it does exactly what it went out to achieve which is a quality platformer. It is surely a must buy when it is on a cheap holiday sale so that you can say you played a great game.

92

Top notch indie platformer

hop843 | Nov. 2, 2013 | See all hop843's reviews »

Smooth controls with fantastic art style = Super meat boy, quite possibly THE best of not one of the best platformers out today. The controls are very intuitive and lets you get right into the game. This is important since the game revolves around fast paced, fluid platforming. Every thing about the game is polished. The level design is great, starting off easy then quickly evolving into extreme madness as you die die and die again, trying to make it through a single level. the amount of satisfaction you get when you finish a grueling level is amazing - you can only blame yourself for dying. The art is great as well with detailed pixel like art. Another fun point is the appearances of characters from other games, unlocked by collecting bandages, hidden in various places, adding a whole new level of depth to the game. Overall, great game, great graphics definantly would reccomend

85

Frustatingly awesome

cuneytarkin | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all cuneytarkin's reviews »

While extremely frustrating in all it's challenge, Super Meat Boy is also platform done extremely well. Not being retro for retro's sake, this takes you back to the days when you just had to try one million times to complete a stage, and the reward it gave you doing it. The graphics are lovely, the gameplay spotless and while it might be too hard (or maybe I suck too much...) this is a must buy if you are looking for times of fun and anger.

82

You'll learn

ashbal2000 | Oct. 27, 2013 | See all ashbal2000's reviews »

The game is wonderful. It's hard the first time but the second time. It's still hard. You'll learn from your mistakes. It's hard but fun! It might take you a thousand tries but you'll keep on playing it. You'll hate it but keep on playing it. It's not a game if it's not challenging! That's the beauty of the game. The hate for the game but the passion to keep on going. It's worth a try.

85

Fun, but get ready to die over and over again.

Patofilio | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all Patofilio's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a pretty fun indie game, the mechanics are very simple to learn but hard to master. The game is pretty addicting but at the same time punishing, some of the levels can be incredibly hard to finish and often times they almost feel impossible, but still the game keeps you hooked on until you finally manage to finish that one level and then scream in satisfaction that you finally did it!

82

Must buy, if you're into platformers

inund8 | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all inund8's reviews »

Then again, you've probably already beaten this game if you're into platforms. In case, you haven't here's the run down: You are meatboy and you have to save bandaid girl from an evil fetus in a jar, gameplay is difficult with a learning curve that is not alienating, and is mitigated by having instant retries, so you can continually huck yourself and spinning meat grinders for hours without missing a beat. Secrets and new characters make the game worth replaying though most of you will be content just getting through it.

78

Awesome indie game

Blo0dd | Oct. 19, 2013 | See all Blo0dd's reviews »

The mechanics are easy to get, and the controls will be picked up and mastered within minutes of starting the game. Very additive game, easily helps you procrastinate from anything you really should be doing. The game really draws you in, one more level before I do the dishes turns into a whole 20 levels more and your dishes are still waiting to be washed.

85

A Great Platformer

JJ136wain | Oct. 11, 2013 | See all JJ136wain's reviews »

This game is really good. It is a must buy I love the feel to it and the special hard to get to levels. Its amazing with the characters and their special abilities and just overall the fast paced action. The controls are really easy to catch on to and are position correctly for a platform game. Even if you finish all of the levels (what you wont do in a hurry) you can go back and play them in a different way with all of the other characters and try to unlock other secrets that you might of missed. But what I like the most is the soundtrack helping you pace through the hard levels. If you do get this game I would encourage a controller to play.

94

Possibly the greatest platformer ever made

Qwertyfour | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all Qwertyfour's reviews »

The thing about Super Meat Boy is that it is extremely fair. The mechanics are easy to get, and the controls will be picked up and mastered within minutes of starting the game. Because of this, deaths in this game are solely because of the player. There are no such things as unfair deaths. In addition to this, levels are played out really fast, faster than a whole Hotline Miami level but with arguably faster flow in that you'll go through a level, die, restart immediately and try again till you overcome your challenges, whereas Jacket moves a bit slower than Meat Boy and is top down.

Get this game if you loved Hotline Miami's pacing and enjoy being frustrated by levels. The feeling you get when you beat a level after 2943 deaths is absolutely amazing. (that number was on one of the harder levels for me, exact figures). The game has its highs and lows, but the highs are definitely worth the frustration you will face.

88

The hell and the heaven

Nova4 | Sept. 26, 2013 | See all Nova4's reviews »

This game... is like a so hard and so good. If you do not like to die, do not play it, because this game some times is an jerck. +Awesome sountrack +Lovely Art. +Simple but beatiful story. +Tons of replability value. +Tons of secrets fo find.

Is hard to find something that I do not like about this game, is "a must buy" game!

86

Be prepared to try, then try again, then try once more.

asiersua | Sept. 24, 2013 | See all asiersua's reviews »

The game is hard as hell, yet so addictive. You just can't go without finishing that one level you're stuck in, even if it takes you 1000 tries. And that's Super Meat Boy. If you're looking for a challenge, this is your game. It's great fun, but be prepared for the varying frustration of not being able to pass certain levels until you've tried and tried and tried. But I think that's what makes a game challenging, right?

87

Great Indie arcade game

cordin | Sept. 21, 2013 | See all cordin's reviews »

I loved the the old retro arcade nostalgia i got from this but, the slippery feel mad me get really mad at this game more than a few times, the levels are a nice simple bunch, but are still hard enough for a challenge, overall, this game is great if you fell like chilling out randomly.

80

Rage Inducing, and Yet so Good.

Ludiousss | Sept. 16, 2013 | See all Ludiousss's reviews »

This game is a solid arcade-y platforming experience. Tight controls and a kicking soundtrack will compel you to play through right to the end.

This game is well put together, with most levels being well telegraphed, in its challenges and new obstacles are introduced effectively, to ensure any and all deaths are your fault alone. Although it does have a "Story Mode", I would strongly suggest this game for all the speed-run "completionists" out there who don't already have this game.

The game stars several characters sporting different abilities (including the Bit-Trip Runner) to allow you to replay already completed levels in a different way.

I will recommend this game to players who are looking for a throw-back to the older generation of platformers that are hard and unforgiving. (I suggest a controller for playing this game, the analogue stick allows for greater control)

88

One of the best indies

KellinCore | Sept. 15, 2013 | See all KellinCore's reviews »

assured in this indie fun that brings quality, fun and many and infinite number of hours to enjoy it 100% its difficulty is high because it brings many things involved, and complex challenges and risky but it makes a great game that is not for those who are accustomed to facilities, here we men! they play.

Enjoy it at a good price offer

85

Absolute hell, but great fun

Roryyyyyyyyyy | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Roryyyyyyyyyy's reviews »

This game is so enraging, but makes you enjoy the feeling.

After the first few rage quits I realised you'll get nowhere until you've sat down and really really tried. If you want a casual platformer, this certainly is not for you, but if you like a challenge of fast thinking, good timing and the feeling of your sanity slowly dripping into a pool around the remains of what was your headset when you started off, this is for you. I absolutely loved the game despite the frustration, and the feeling when you complete a level you've been stuck on is like nothing else.

In all seriousness though, the game is well worth the money and is not one you will get bored of easily.

100

Fun Galore!

Kevduit | Sept. 14, 2013 | See all Kevduit's reviews »

Super Meat boy contains all the fun of a platforming game, mixed together with speed and accuracy. You can play this game non stop for hours because the levels seem endless, and the game itself is more addicting that full games. I've yelled and laughed for such a long time trying to get through the insane levels that include numerous traps and obstacles, and there are times when you might die up to fifty times a level, just trying to get past one spot. After your down your embarassing playthrough of a level, you can re watch all your little super meat boys attempt and fail, which is actually quite hilarious. This game is totally a game worth purchasing for it's endless fun!

77

Hard, but fun

mamberu | Sept. 13, 2013 | See all mamberu's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a very hard platformer, and you will have no choice but to admit its not the controls causing you to die. Not much to the story, its the standard, Go rescue the girl after platforming through a level. What the game really excels on however, is that the levels are hard, but they are not hard enough for you to rage quit the game from dieing so many times, and you will die.

For those who like to collect everything and complete games to 100%, there are enough bandages to collect and dark worlds to go through to give you plenty more hours from this game.

83

Fantastic

DanielZo0 | Sept. 13, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »

This game is amazing. Takes me back to playing old school games, how fun and simple those were, but this game has an awesome twist with a super cool story line. It's fun, and so addicting. I've played it for HOURS at a time. This game has personality, which so many others lack. Best. Platformer. Ever. Character development and story writing is astonishing. This game is EPIC.

88

Unforgivingly Fun

phool | Sept. 10, 2013 | See all phool's reviews »

In the mould of games of the past, Super Meat Boy tests your reflexes and muscle memory over a series of uncompromising and deviously-designed levels . Make one mistake and back to the start you go. This may sound tedious, but the tight controls and amazing soundtrack compel you to try just one more time. The sense of accomplishment once you have finally conquered that level you have been stuck on is unparalleled. The volume of content in this game is quite remarkable and the addition of user-generated content (in the guise of Super Meat World) means there are almost limit-less amounts of levels to race your way through to your heart’s content. Overall a fantastic game which will have you itching to have just one more go…

85

Good Fun

1TestAccount123 | Sept. 1, 2013 | See all 1TestAccount123's reviews »

This game has a lot of juice, I particularity enjoy the replay at the end where it shows all your attempts.

96

Can't rage quit

Skyrao | Aug. 30, 2013 | See all Skyrao's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a very difficult platformer that will have you shout at your monitor but there is something about it that won't let you stop. For those people that love to collect everything you are going to get very angry with SMB as the bandages are placed in very irritating places. If you are looking for a fun but challenging platformer I cant recommend Super Meat Boy enough!

88

Addicting

NinjaCatz | Aug. 27, 2013 | See all NinjaCatz's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is an Indie game where you have to try to save the girl that you love. You have to complete challenging puzzles of a variety of different levels, unlocking new characters as you go. You play as Super Meat Boy, a thick slice of meat in an excellent 2D platformed game.

75

Arcade bliss

MasterDecoy | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all MasterDecoy's reviews »

A throwback to the nintendo hard days where anything but neigh perfect timing resulted in a bloody bloody death.

The game itself has a lot of content, and the levels are well laid out, requiring a lot of trial and error (almost like a puzzle game, rather than a platformer) and when you finally do beat the level, it super imposes every attempt you made on the level into one seriously entertaining replay that sees hundreds of meatboys rushing to their demise.

82

Great casual game.

Caputalis | Aug. 26, 2013 | See all Caputalis's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a great game to play if you've got a couple minutes to kill. Although the first couple levels are fairly easy, the game gets frustratingly hard out of nowhere, and it's great. As a platformer, Super Meat Boy feels very responsive, and the gameplay is pretty fluid. The game itself takes ~10 hours to finish, so you end up getting a lot of game for the price. In all, a pretty solid platformer, and I'd reccomend it to anyone looks for a casual challenge.

90

You will hate the game and yourself

doubttom | Aug. 25, 2013 | See all doubttom's reviews »

This is a fantastic game, tight controls and great platforming. You will hate the game, you will call it cheap. Then you will realize it is you that sucks and you will hate you. Then you get better and you and the game get along great and sometimes you hang out with each other and it's really cool.

85

Challenging game

jean8mathieu | Aug. 23, 2013 | See all jean8mathieu's reviews »

If you want a challenging 2D game. This is the right game for you. I really like that game and I don't regret buying that game.

77

Meaty gameplay

Luckyshot | Aug. 22, 2013 | See all Luckyshot's reviews »

If you love hard and unforgiving platforming games, look no further. Super Meat Boy delivers it with good tight controls and a fun little story. The visuals are crisp and it has a twisted sense of comedy. There's plenty of unlockables for that replay value. The game is pretty fast as well, perhaps a bit to fast at times. Unfortunately, it's not for the casual gamers out there as the difficulty is very high especially in the later levels but if you enjoy challenging games, it's worth trying it out at such a low price.

81

Great platformer

VivienC | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all VivienC's reviews »

It's not exactly a secret this game's gonna need a bit of effort but who wants to play a game that doesn't challenge them? It's definitely difficult but so rewarding and it's surprisingly fun after you purchase a new keyboard to replace your smashed up one...

92

Extremely frustrating, impossible to put down.

fredward93 | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all fredward93's reviews »

This game is one of the most difficult and frustrating games I have ever played. It will suck the will to play games out of even the most hardened gamer. That being said, this title actually has a lot to offer. I do not know how the long the game is supposed to take to beat (it took me a VERY long time) but it is definitely a longer game than I had originally thought.

Don't let the cute art style fool you, this game is not for those who are easily angered. The game is so hard that, on many occasions, I nearly uninstalled it out of pure frustration. However, I always came back in a couple of days. The controls on this game are incredibly tight. It felt like every mistake I made was all my fault. Although the game was very hard, it never felt like it was being unfair. There was always a solution to the puzzle. The real struggle was seeing how long it took to figure it out and then actually executing properly.

The gameplay is also very fast paced. There is really no down time between actions to think about your next move. This reaction styled gameplay was actually really fun and it felt completely unique to me. I have played platformers before but this one seemed different than all of them.

Overall, the story is entertaining enough, the controls are fantastic, the puzzles and platforming is soul-chillingly hard, and it is definitely a long experience. I think it is definitely worth the time and money to play this game.

100

This Game Is Awesome

TuckerOR | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all TuckerOR's reviews »

Just to begin this review, let me just state this one fact about this game, Super Meat Boy is very frustrating, but on the other hand, this game is also very fun and I have never felt so accomplished after beating one level then when I beat one of the Super Meat Boy levels. One of the best parts about this game though is the strategy that you have to create for every level. Some of the levels are long and quite frustrating, but as long as you think through every level you can beat it, no matter how impossible it seems. This game is...simply amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.

92

Morbidly amazing superb platformer

Gojko | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all Gojko's reviews »

If you think that excellent platformed games are dead, than guess again.

Super Meat Boy is old school platform game. Your character is a peace of meat, who is trying to rescue his love from the claws of evil fetus.

Inside of this game you also have a lot of mini games, that will give you a lot of playing time. For this game you need to have a nerves of steel, because this game is not easy at all.

Buy it, and you will not regretted.

100

Amazing fun

Destroyer4887 | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all Destroyer4887's reviews »

Thought this game was going to be terrible. Played it and it was amazing. So much fun and playing as Meatboy was so much fun. Worth every penny.

83

Super in the title says it all.

AlbusDlx | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all AlbusDlx's reviews »

Razors, killing salts, deadly fans. And so much more stuff that can kill you, The controls are flawless so every death is the players fault,. Almost every death at least. I love that fast little meat-cube. With 300+ levels, the content is extreme and easily worth every penny.

90

Brutally difficult, but extremely rewarding.

crankafoo | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all crankafoo's reviews »

Play this at your own risk, it's extremely difficult and not for casual players. It's all about reflexes and precise movement, but it's a heck of a time to play! You'll feel incredible when you master all of the challenging normal levels, but even more so when you beat the dark ones, which up the ante. You'll unlock new characters with new attributes who change how you play and you might enjoy playing a bit more, so keep pushing on and unlock them all. You'll be jumping between buzz saws and bouncing off walls like a pro in no time.

100

Excellent Platformer

ConorEngelb | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a fantastic gaming experience. A platformer where progress is based on your skill at handling the controls, it can be frustrating if you don't pay attention, but the feeling of self-satisfaction when you succeed is well worth it.

100

I LOVE THIS GAME

theunknowned | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all theunknowned's reviews »

I dont know what it was. OH YEAH IT WAS EVERYTHING. The hilarious ode's to old school gaming. this game is also what i compare everything to when i look at how tight controls are. If someone says the game controls are tight. I think of this game as the staple of how smooth and responsive the controls are. The levels are hella fast and intense. and even if a level absolutely kicks your butt, after you finish you get to see all of your failures and your success fly through the level. If you ever played a platformer EVER in your life. Pick this game up. You owe it to yourself.

96

Hard but fun platformer.

xXObyzouthXx | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all xXObyzouthXx's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a masochistic platformer. This game shows this in the later levels (such as The Kid warp zone). While this game can be tough, it is not impossible. With the tight controls and perfect platforming, the game is based on skill, nothing else (Except for the hell level boss...which is dumb anyways). If you are a fan of platforming games, this game is a must buy no matter what! Even if you are not a big platforming game type of gamer... pick it up anyways, it is well worth the price!

82

Cool!

grzegorz2047 | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all grzegorz2047's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a very specific skill-based production site free mini-gierce entitled Meat Boy. You play as the title character Meat Boy, which is a small, animated and still bleeding piece of meat. Our hero embarks on a dangerous journey to perform a very important task. He must save his girl, kidnapped by a ruthless criminal mastermind Dr. Fetus. Following the actions of so unusual as we visit a number of gorgeous locations: a sawmill, a salt factory, and even hell itself.

92

Bloody Charming Platformer

NucularS | Aug. 4, 2013 | See all NucularS's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a bloody but charming platformer which will kill you again and again and again until you are ready to quit. But you will be back for more teeth grindingly hard puzzles that require precision, timing, and a durable keyboard. Replay at the end of each level shows every way you died and watching those little red cuts of meat splatter is almost as fun as beating the level. Cut scenes are endearingly cruel, so is watching squirrels fall into meat grinders. In short, Super Meat Boy is original, creative, devilishly hard, and a bloody good time.

92

Hard, but still fun to play

PixalatedGhOst | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all PixalatedGhOst's reviews »

I'll keep it short and sweet. This game is a solid 10. I originally played the demo and thought no thanks on the purchase. I waited about a year and was feening for some old school 2D games... SMB I tried. This game has the best controls... some reviews say otherwise. I find that funny... because if you happen to beat this game and get good enough to pass some of the challenging levels you'll notice first and foremost how incredibly detailed the play mechanics are... as the moves needed are precise.

I don't claim to be an elite gamer... I did beat the game... and when I got to play as BandAid Girl I never completed her world because it was too hard. I also was unable to beat the dark world for the final level. The only character that I gave up on trying to get was The Kid... I think "The Kid" levels, only playing the first level are beyond impossible.... and if you've gotten past this, you are a savant.I thought I was getting old because I lost interest in games... after discovery Team Meat and McMillen I have the same feeling I got when I played old school consoles.

The unlockables are fanastic, and the old school throwbacks (i.e. Gameboy levels) are top notch. This game opened me up to a bunch of Indie Games I never heard of and I thank you SMB for doing so.

92

AWESOME!

friendbear | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all friendbear's reviews »

This is an AMAZING game!!! I love it. Its creative, its interesting, the graphics, and soundtrack is enjoyable and fun. I have not played a good action arcade kind of style game for a long time.

PROS: There are many levels, characters, and just things in general that makes the game great. The levels are challenging and fun. The variety of characters will ensure you that you will never get bored in the game.

CONS: There are barely any cons. The controls are a little wired because you contol with arrow keys instead of the WASD keys. And if you get stuck on one level, you can often get frustrated and give up.

95

A challenging platformer based on skill and skill alone.

lucaswrite | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all lucaswrite's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a game that offers an exhilarating playthrough without cheap tricks or blindsides. What you see is what you get, in other words: you're in for one hell of a grand, tough ride. With the exception of a certain boss, the entire game is packed with platforming fun that requires pure skill.

An amazing aspect of Super Meat Boy is the amount of levels and re-playability it has to offer. You'll die, die, and die some more. And when you die, it's not too frustrating because you can't wait to give it another try. Levels are so rewarding once you've completed them, and the variety and twists levels throw at the player don't get old, they get fresh.

If you've ever been a fan of any platforming game in the history of gaming, then Super Meat Boy is right up your alley. It takes the control of Super Mario, the speed of Sonic, and the creativity of Mega Man and throws it all into one lovable game. Just make sure you have a controller or gamepad to plug in, because a keyboard won't help much.

91

Yes! Yes! YES!!!

Oblaque | July 29, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »

One of the best platformers ever made. It applies a perfect learning curve in its level design and can provide dedicated players with a huge amount of content if they're completionists or speed gamers. It has maddeningly difficult levels but provides challenges that always seem fair to the player. When you mess up you can generally feel like it is your own damned fault and not some cheap trick like other difficult platformers released in recent years.

This is some of the best money I've ever spent and would highly encourage anyone with even a passing interest in platformers to give it a try

100

Challenging and Fair

Dimber | July 27, 2013 | See all Dimber's reviews »

The game is wonderful. It's paced well and the gameplay is that of a ROM hack, where you're constantly forced to try new things and make a solution of what's provided to you. One of the hardest and greatest platformers of our time.

90

Platforming Perfection

SuperNOVAfx | July 26, 2013 | See all SuperNOVAfx's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is one of the first indie titles I've bought and still play it, 3 years later. This games has more value than AAA titles and will cause you more deaths than your entire game collection. Dying and trying over and over again was never so much fun until SMB. While the learning curve may seem steep at the beginning, once you get the hang of it, it is extremely satisfying to complete levels and beat the times of your Steam friends. This game will make Mario look like a slow old man. I like to call it the Trackmania of platformers because finishing the level doesn't mean anything here, it's all about the time you finish in. Super Meat Boy is probably the best platformer I've ever played and I've been playing these critters since the 90s.

70

Back to the 8-bit days

mahon | July 26, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »

Do you remember the old days of gaming on 8-bit machines? When graphics was simple, music was buzzing and sounded artificial, and games were very difficult? And platformers were one of the dominant genres.

Super Meat Boy brings us back to those days. It's a platformer, but not of the easy and relaxing type. It's just the opposite - very difficult, often makes you want to smask your computer in anger after yet another failure, only to find yourself return to the game shortly after.

It has everything a good platformer needs. That all but nothing more. Graphics and music bring the memories of old 8-bit days, the difficulty is just similar, and you still cannot quit. The game requires good manual coordination and relies heavily on interaction with the enviroment - various gears, saws and transmission belts. But does it surprise you when the main character is a piece of meat, leaving bloody splatters everywhere?

89

One of my highest rated indie games!

borgiswa | July 26, 2013 | See all borgiswa's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a spectacular game. The mechanics are well made and feel balanced, the levels are well designed, the character is a very humorous introduction. All components of this game play incredibly.

I always enjoy a game with difficulty - and in my opinion, SMB delivers just the right amount of it.

94

A Masochists Dream

Obrum | July 26, 2013 | See all Obrum's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a phenomenal game, IF you are the audience it was intended for. This game will not hold your hand at all, and you will die. A lot. But if you're a gamer who relishes a challenge and doesn't mind failing a lot before achieving success, this is one of the most rewarding games there is.

First off, there is no shortage of content here. There is the main game spanning six distinct chapters, along with a super-hard "Dark World" for each one, plus plenty of bonus levels and characters to find and unlock. Some levels have bandages to collect as well, which allow you to unlock more characters, each of which behave differently - They're not just different skins, they provide different abilities. Put simply, if you're wanting to 100% this game, it will take up a lot of your time.

The gameplay is very fast paced, and often brutally hard, but never cheap. The controls are tight and responsive, and the platforming always behaves as it should - It's always your own fault when you die. Upon finishing a level, you're treated to a replay showing every single failed attempt on screen at once. It's a brilliant feeling watching so many Meat Boys fail one-by-one at different obstacles and watching that one victorious one triumph.

The story isn't complicated - Bad guy steals good guy's girl, good guy goes to save her. Nothing new, but that's fine as the gameplay is definitely the focus here. Add in the humour of the few cutscenes and the lack of a story is not a problem. Not that the game isn't an emotional roller-coaster anyway, though there isn't much of a story, the cutscenes are very good at playing with your emotions.

In conclusion, anyone who just wants a fun casual experience or is easily annoyed need not apply, this isn't for you. On the other hand, I definitely recommend this game if you're not one to back away from a challenge. It's the most fun I've had in a long time

90

Homage to the old days

Jonot86 | July 25, 2013 | See all Jonot86's reviews »

While this game is made in the current trend of amazing Indie Games, it plays like an old school games with it's insane difficulty but it's clean cut graphics and amazing controls.

While being hard and amazing it always gives you a rewarding feel after you have completed a level after the 100th time.

This is definitely a must play game!

86

If you love a challenge, here you are.

Halt | July 24, 2013 | See all Halt's reviews »

This is one of the most frustrating, yet rewarding games on the PC.

I can recall dying time and time again, then finally getting that right of passage.

Great game, if you love a challenge, it's a no-brainer.

85

A Challenging Romp

LosGunD | July 23, 2013 | See all LosGunD's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is both charming and challenging. It has all the right elements to make the game just hard enough to keep you coming back for more while punishing you relentlessly. Exploration, Platforming, Charm, and Meat combine to create one of the most engaging platformers I've played since Jumper 2.

85

Run fast!

heavybear | July 23, 2013 | See all heavybear's reviews »

We all agree with that, sometimes you will get mad at this game but that is a truth: This game is really fun. Run, jump and save Bandage Girl. The more you play the more you want to challenge in other maps. Also there are lots of secret maps (or warp zone), different characters with different specialties. You can play with keyboard but, in my opinion it is harder way than playing with gamepad.

88

Far better than expected.

Nivear | July 21, 2013 | See all Nivear's reviews »

I figured with Super Meat Boy I would be getting a decent platform styled game that would keep me entertained for a few hours, but it's so much more than that. The levels progress in a great way, the first couple levels of every world are somewhat easy and are there to allow you to get a feel for how the rest of the levels in that world will work, but the difficulty reaches great heights and definitely tests you. That said, this game is not for anyone that doesn't like games where you fail and have to retry a fair few times before beating it. The addition of warp zones where you find and unlock new characters with different abilities is brilliant as it lets you tackle different stages with a different play-style and freshens up the repetitiveness. There is also bandages to collect in each stage which are difficult to reach and once the level is beaten under a specific time you unlock an even harder version of it. The boss stages are also a highlight and the cut-scenes are funny. Beating this game to it's fullest capacity will surely take a lot longer than a few hours. This game is excellent value for money!

86

Challenge Accepted!

F4T4LV0iD | July 20, 2013 | See all F4T4LV0iD's reviews »

I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I picked up a copy of Super Meat Boy a long while ago, but I soon found out that I was getting myself into one of the most frustratingly fun challenges an indie PC game has to offer.

The initial loading screen is probably one of the best disclaimers for a video game ever, and it strongly recommends a gamepad. While the game IS very playable on a keyboard, a gamepad will remedy a lot of headaches quickly by offering much more responsive commands, which are key in surviving this game's craftily created deathtrap rooms.

You guide meatboy through numerous levels through several themed worlds, all in an effort to rescue his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the captivity of his arch nemesis, Dr. Fetus. Each level requires you to guide Meat Boy through a gauntlet of traps to rescue Bandage Girl, only to be foiled time and time again by Dr. Fetus, resulting in level after level of increasing difficulty.

At the end of each world there is a boss battle that in a lot of cases will resort in A LOT of trial and error to learn patterns and emerge victorious. The game also has lots of hidden areas to explore and characters to unlock, each with their own unique playstyle that can vary from double-jumping, to gliding when falling.

It's a game I strongly recommend to anyone up for a decent challenge that will challenge your patience at times, but feels ultimately rewarding when you can best the game.

85

Do you like challanges?

simodeso | July 16, 2013 | See all simodeso's reviews »

If yes run my friend and buy this game. It's super meat boy, the famous game, with a story (you don't need it) and tons of challange. There are many characters, also Headcrab but it's steam only.. and they have different abilities. It's fantastic, but if you loose your patience quickly, well play angry birds. Totally suggested

80

A Fair Challenge

Dimbark | July 16, 2013 | See all Dimbark's reviews »

This is one of the greatest platformers that our generation has ever presented over the years. It's frustrating, but fair. It has the difficulty of a ROMhack, but it's not at all cheap. Every time you die, it's your fault--not the game's. So jump on into the game if you want yourself a nice, fair and square challenge. The art design is very good, and the sound is very well crafted--so much that I think it's part of what hooks you to the game. The levels are nice and varied, but they can be dark at times, and the boss fights can be over-frustrating.

98

A new superhero!

kowen | July 16, 2013 | See all kowen's reviews »

Truly addictive. Definitely one of the best platform games that exist. Simple in appearance, but with a very elaborate graphical atmosphere with funny animations and sound effects, plus a great soundtrack. What stands out is its great gameplay. Large variety of levels and unlockable characters (with different skills), secondary objectives, achievements, etc.., Which allow you to play beyond the end of the game. Great sense of humor, with gag for geeks and tributes to legendary games. You can save replays of your best plays, or compete against the best times of your friends, as well as access the hard mode of each Stage if you've previously passed with distinction (A + grade). Fun guaranteed. The only downside is not being able to change the controls ingame (both the keyboard and the gamepad). To do this, you must manually edit "buttonmap.cfg". I strongly recommend using a gamepad for this game!

84

Great but frustrating platformer

darkyhbk | July 15, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is one of the most entertaining, yet frustrating and unforgiving experiences to come out in years. It involves getting a meat chunk from point A to point B in a number of levels, but that's far easier said than done. In does start off easily enough, just to get you going, but it eventually gets so hard that you'll end up dying hundreds of times per level until you figure out how to beat it. It takes perfect timing and accuracy to jump over traps, while avoiding others and still make it without falling into endless pits and spike traps. Sections where you get chased by bosses and have to platform your way through are, of course, timed, which makes them even more frustrating. If you do actually finish this game, you can consider it a remarkable achievement, since it takes a lot of skill, patience and effort.

85

Frustrating, and tons fo fun.

meezo | July 13, 2013 | See all meezo's reviews »

The other day I was making chili, and thought it'd be cool to form my ground up hamburger into a little man. That part was easy enough, but my wife was furious when I threw it onto the wall to recreate one of the scenes from this game.

You play as Meat Boy, who is a guy made out of meat. Not much unlike the rest of us. Only, he has no skin. So he bleeds everywhere. He also dies a lot if you're not some sort of gaming prodigy. A throw-back to the glory years of the 90s, this game is difficult, and awesome.

Jump over spikes, rotating blades, long jumps filled with death below, and die a lot of times trying to perfect your timing. Tons of levels, great music, and a fantastic experience of platforming.

90

ONE WORD: CHALLENGE

TGAlan | July 11, 2013 | See all TGAlan's reviews »

If I would choose a word to describe this game, I wouldn't choose hard or impossible.. I would choose frustrating! (But I still love this game :) ) The music is nice, the stages are challenging, the controls aren't bad, but sometimes them simply don't work or you get stuck on the floor for no reason (Sometimes causing your death). Super Meat Boy is one of the best, if not, the best platform game I've played in the last years. I got addicted to it, I couldn't stop playing until I get 100% of the game! If you want a challenge and to get angry, buy it now!

80

Challenges everywhere

Manueel | July 10, 2013 | See all Manueel's reviews »

What about a game with so many challenges/bonus and with a great story? Too much for a indie game, that is why this game is worth it, it has a good gameplay, a good story, challenges that are frustrating but no less entertaining, it has characters from other places, very addictive in my opinion.

Give it a try, you wont regret it

95

Tough platformer, very rewarding

grunts00 | July 6, 2013 | See all grunts00's reviews »

I absolutely love this game! Although its extremely difficult, every level has a very smooth feeling to it. Once you learn how to complete hard levels, the begin to feel easier and easier.

Once you complete the main game, there are also many player made levels and many are extremely well made and will provide many extra hours of entertainment.

89

Masochists, Rejoice!

DocNuka | July 5, 2013 | See all DocNuka's reviews »

We’ve found your game. This game, based off a popular newgrounds game is one of the hardest I’ve played in recent memory. You play as a cube of raw meat who is trying to get back to his girlfriend, and you must get past various obstacles, such as spikes, salt, and sawblades. If you are a gamer who is used to spawn points every five seconds and regenerating health, this is not your game. The gameplay is fun and addicting, but it is very, VERY, hard. However, the controls are easy to master and once you get the hang of it you won’t be able to stop playing. Overall, SMB is a very fun arcade-style game which is definitely worth a look if you like pure unadulterated brutal fun.

90

Nice 2D Challenge

re_watanabe | July 4, 2013 | See all re_watanabe's reviews »

It's a very interesting game. SMB brings good 2D games time back. Challenging, charmful and not frustrating. You keep trying for so many times until achieve the goal without wanting to give up. For PC gamers with a good controller, it is a must-have.

80

Tough as nails.

mor0se | July 4, 2013 | See all mor0se's reviews »

This game is tough, you could find yourself repeating levels tons of times. I did, and im not exactly a beginner in puzzle games. Splatting Meat Boy all over the place trying to workout how to gain access to bandage girl all the while tearing my hair out makes this game one of my top tier indie games.

95

Hard but Rewarding

bellibones | July 1, 2013 | See all bellibones's reviews »

This game feels like it was made from the depths of hell. Its so much fun but also a pain in the rear. Great if you love a challenge and platformers. Also there is so much bonus content

95

One of the best platformers ever!!

Liverpool1971 | June 19, 2013 | See all Liverpool1971's reviews »

Cautious! This is very addictive and really hard platformer. Only a few of the brave people will finish it! I loved the old school in graphics and presentation. The game was charming with plenty of meat in the campaign (seriously). There is a high chance that you will be repeating levels hundreds of times - to get good enough to beat them, get better time, or simply because there is a really tricky bandage you need to get. I highly recommend it to those with the patience for these hard as nails games.

87

Platform Heaven

Razzek | June 18, 2013 | See all Razzek's reviews »

If you are looking for a game that will take platforming to a new level of irritating then this is the game for you. it will challenge you to perfect your jumps and timing to perfection. the need to get higher and higher timed ranks makes this game very replayable and damn near addictive to the point that you will have lost a good few hours of your day every time you play this game.

93

Fastest and hardest platformer

spycid | June 17, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

If you want to play a fast and hard 2d arcade platformer, this is the game you should play. It's not very easy and not uber hard either only if you know how to best in it and not the game get the best of you. Must play for all platformer lovers who loves a bit of challenge.

82

Good Challenge!

Plasros | June 14, 2013 | See all Plasros's reviews »

This game is good. i read reviews before i bought it so i would know what to expect, and it delivered. very precise controls, and good level design. while the early levels are pretty easy, the game gets hard, and i mean HARD. But surprisingly not frustrating and hard. It seems like more of a challenge than it feels cheap, because level design is so good. Good game to play for minutes or hours at a time.

95

Hard as hell. Great as hell!

thiefx | June 12, 2013 | See all thiefx's reviews »

Definitely not a casual game. This simple little platformer has you grinding your teeth as you splat Meatboy around levels filled with sawblades, rockets, lasers, mountains of deadly salt and much more.

Amazing 2d platforming control, and lots of hidden secrets to keep you busy for a long time.

94

Worth the frustration!

El_Rickhead | June 11, 2013 | See all El_Rickhead's reviews »

I'll start by saying this is a very difficult game, it doesn't start off all too bad however the difficulty level increases very quickly! The game itself is stunning to look at and handles brilliantly, very responsive and tight controls which are needed due to the fast paced platforming nature of the game. If you don't find the game all that difficult then i'm sure the bandage girl levels will give you a run for your money after unlocking them upon game completion. This game is a must have!

100

IT WILL MAKE YOU RAGEQUIT

Bynn | June 11, 2013 | See all Bynn's reviews »

Such a hard game, it is such a challenge! an amazingly well made title, with thons of funs, many many maps filled with deathly traps (which you are bond to fall atleast once in each one), in order to rescue your fair lady from an evil genius feetus (?) A real challenge for extreme gamers

95

A Frustrating But Addictive Platformer

thegaminglyfe | June 11, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is very hard but is also very addictive. Every single time you mess up a level which will be a lot, you become determined to finish the level until you can't take anymore. The controls are smooth and responsive and the art style and sound are both amazing! If you love platformers, this is a must buy.

90

Hardest game ever

Supraballs | June 10, 2013 | See all Supraballs's reviews »

If you want an extreme challenge, and I mean, a real challenge to the point that your hands will sweat just trying to get the perfect timing, then this is your game. It's a gem in the fact that it puts your reflexes and precision to the test. You will die, a lot and that's a fact. Do not play this with keyboard and mouse as that will frustrate you even more, but instead, use a controller as I really believe that's how this game was meant to be played. It's actually a very short game too, but because you die so much and have to repeat so many times, it ends up being a bit longer.

I envy anybody who can beat this game thoroughly and it's the biggest reward ever for your gamer pride if you can beat this. Again, play this game because the developers did an awesome job but stay for the challenge and the reward.

92

Incredible fun, but you'll need patience!

Matimoo | June 8, 2013 | See all Matimoo's reviews »

This game is so addicting and fun, but notoriously difficult. Luckily, you have infinite tries but you'll need patience and perseverance to not crack under pressure! The great part of it being so tricky is the immense feeling of accomplishment when you finally weave past all those blades to beat the level!

97

That Great INDIE

KellinCore | June 8, 2013 | See all KellinCore's reviews »

on my list is the 3rd best indie of life, great game that I can really say much about it but just say now that is a recommended and secured title that must have really digital format you! enjoy it as a short, zany humor addition, high difficulty on some tracks and also variety of characters and moments in addition to mini games and stuff like that. fully recommended

80

Astoundingly difficult. Very fun.

TCass29 | June 8, 2013 | See all TCass29's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a fairly standard 2D platformer with an average story and a very cool replay mechanic which is that at the end of the level, you see ALL of your attempts go at once, seeing where and how you died.

If you enjoy 2D side-scrollers and are looking for a serious challenge...this is a game you need to check out.

80

Amazing side scrolling platformer.

brenker99 | June 4, 2013 | See all brenker99's reviews »

There isn't much to say about this game that can be told. its a side scrolling Platformer with a great replay fuction. Pure fun. Verry addictive.

84

Cool Game

LoudeRZz | June 3, 2013 | See all LoudeRZz's reviews »

The plot is very very nice and the whole idea of this game is very nice ! The game itself is very unique and very fun, i think that the levels and the arrangement of the levels is nice. Very verynice game ! recommended !

95

Super Meat Boy is awesome!

eplymale3043 | May 31, 2013 | See all eplymale3043's reviews »

I had been watching this game for a bit on Xbox Live Arcade, but hesitated to buy it because I'm mainly a cinematic action gamer, and FPS gamer. However, I made a realization that lately I've been enjoying the smaller more arcadey games. They are easier to pick up and play when I get time now that I'm busy with work and family. So, you could say, SUPER MEAT BOY SAVED MY FAMILY.

No more do I have to spend $60+ on a game that I only play twice! NO MORE, do I have to be slave to hour long cutscenes. SUPER MEAT BOY SAVED MY LIFE.

Get in. Die 249 times. FINALLY reach the end. Win. This game is frustrating, satisfying, aggravating, relaxing, funny, sad, high protein and low fat.

Do yourself a favor, and get Super Meat Boy in some form or another. WHY NOT THIS VERSION? It has things in it which look neat.

90

Rewarding

joelmartinez | May 29, 2013 | See all joelmartinez's reviews »

I played this game for the entirety of last summer. Every day I would try to beat the levels and sometimes would spend the entire day stuck on a single level. But the next day when I beat the level the feeling that accompanies that is unlike any other game I have ever played. As long as you don't have some sort of anger management issues this game is recommended for just that feeling. Only issue I have with this game is the initial controls for keyboard make sure to modify the file to z and x to avoid carpal tunnel.

91

Hard. So hard.

adiron | May 26, 2013 | See all adiron's reviews »

Jumping, sliding, running and all those platformer stereotypes. Think you've seen them all? So you think that since Mario you can beat just about any platformer without so much as batting a smug eyelash? Let's see how well you perform here.

Super Meat Boy excels where many other games underperform: in presenting a solid challenge to the toughest of gamers. It does this not by seeming cruel and unfair, but by demanding a well choreographed run of every level. This comes very naturally in fact, with its wonderfully fluid controls which are dead simple.

This is not a game you finish in an afternoon. This is something to savor over a period of time, alternating between nursing your broken ego, finishing a level, celebrating, and then crying in a corner over how terrible of a player you are.

I would recommend you give this game to kids aged eleven or so. I bought this game as a Christmas present for my little brother and watching him go through these cycles of frustration and bliss has been remarkably amusing.

95

One of the greatest platformers ever made

ale81drummer | May 21, 2013 | See all ale81drummer's reviews »

If you're into platforming games at all, this is the game you want. It's so good, and so difficult that it'll make you want to fire up your SNES again and play some of the classics--in memory of when games were once challenging.

In terms of difficulty, Super Meat Boy isn't quite on par with say...Super Ghouls N' Ghosts, but it's up there. The great thing about SMB is that levels are short, and when you die it's not a big deal to have to start over again. There's no loading screen or anything else to make you wait--you die and you're right back on screen again. It balances finely between frustration and reward, and the controls are so smooth and precise (on a Xbox 360 controller) that it won't be long before you start doing things you previously couldn't even imagine you were capable of.

The levels are set up in such a way that you learn very intuitively all of the mechanics of the game without the need for a lengthy tutorial. You'll constantly say to yourself "Oh...so THAT'S how it's done!", and you'll be so satisfied with yourself that you'll replay each level to get through it as quickly as possible.

And there are a LOT of levels. Each level has two sides to them: a light side, and a dark side. The dark sides are optional in order to complete the game, but you'll want to play through them anyway, because once you get going in Super Meat Boy, you'll enjoy challenging yourself and seeing just how much you're capable of. You can even compete with others' scores online through leaderboards, if that's your thing, and besides the ridiculous amount of content that's already included in the game, you also have access to countless user-made levels. In short, this game will keep your thumbs busy for a good long while. And when you do beat it, even if it's just the bare minimum completion (which is still a huge challenge), you'll wear it like a badge.

The soundtrack is also excellent, and the graphics, while simplistic and initially reminiscent of a flash game, are charming as hell and full of attitude, and very polished for an indie game. You'll have very little to complain about with Super Meat Boy, beyond how much each level kicks your ass, of course. But it's a great kind of ass-kicking; the kind that makes you want to try harder. I'm not really sure what analogy I'd feel comfortable using here...but you'll figure it out.

In short, buy this game. Oh...not enough? How about the villain is a fetus in a jar wearing a suit and tie? And a top hat? And apparently he's a doctor. Need I say more?

90

An ode to old school gaming

Xentrig | May 18, 2013 | See all Xentrig's reviews »

I picked up super meat boy a while back on one of the humble bundles, and I have to say, if you enjoy old school games at all, then this is one you are going to love!

You must understand though, at times the game is terribly frustrating. You will die, and die, and die. But in a way, the game rewards you for it. After you finally make all those jumps perfectly and make it to the end of the level, you watch a replay showing all of your previous attempts going at the same time, and watch as each one dies and your final attempt races on alone to the finish.

It is a very rewarding experience, and is a very clever way to turn the frustration of all of the challenging levels into something awesome. I found that the more I was dying, the more I wanted to win just to see all of my failures at the same time.

As far as the graphics go, there isn't much to see. The art style may not drop jaws, but it certainly fits the gameplay very well. All in all, I really have to stress if you enjoy games that don't hold your hand, this is one to pick up.

Strongly recommend to play with a controller if available, it will make the game much more playable.

92

You're in for a rough but satisfying experience

Xiphora | May 11, 2013 | See all Xiphora's reviews »

It's undeniable that Super Meat Boy is one of the most difficult platformers on the market right now. But it's difficluty is the staple of the game. Super Meat Boy is all about trial and error, and repeating each level until you can nail i8t perfectly. Its difficulty drives a persistent player to play hours on end, and it does become very addicting once your dead set on completing some levels. You will probably rage, but completing every level is very satisfying. To know that you pushed through and persisted to the end is Super Meat Boy's greatest reward. And it VERY rewarding.

93

Amazing game

Infiltrator | May 6, 2013 | See all Infiltrator's reviews »

Unbelievable........SMB is one of the biggest surprises I've had in gaming...period. I bought it for $3.75 on the Steam sale (what the hell right?) and have had so much fun with this game. There are a few very unique innovations that make this game stick out. First, the difficulty is there, it takes time to figure out some levels, and when you do, there's a sense of adrenaline and excitement...like, "oh no, I'm almost to the end of the level (AMAZINGLY!). Once completed, the replay is spectacular, showing all the iterations of your attempts simultaneously. The SFX and Music put many blockbuster games to shame. I'd buy the sound track if I could...and all the little meat splotch sounds are just hilariously satisfying. I'[d recommended this game to anyone. For it's type of game (Indie, platform-spam-death thing) it deserves the highest marks.

82

Hard, but still very fun

gonellasusana | May 4, 2013 | See all gonellasusana's reviews »

I've never really put my eyes in this game since i've been given this as a gift. It's a really good piece of art. Artistically, musically, and in development.

Can't play it for more than half an hour because it generates a rage state that push you to quit the game and try again later...

I recommend it to people who miss playing the good old platformers, but need the speed of the present day games.

85

Frustrating yet Satisfying

bucknuckle | April 30, 2013 | See all bucknuckle's reviews »

This is one of the hardest platformers ever made! You will die many, many times before completing a level and EVEN MORE before finishing the game!

The style, graphics and sound creates a strong arcade feel. The controls are extremely responsive - one of the best controlled games out.

As much as you die and may get frustrated, you keep coming back for even more of this satisfaction when you finally completing a level!

79

Prepare to Rage

blacklightofday | April 28, 2013 | See all blacklightofday's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a 2D platformer of the hardest kind. There are a lot of levels, some a bit easier than others, but most require a huge amount of skill, patience, some luck and a lot of willpower not to break your keyboard in half after dying for the 242th time. There are also a lot of gooddies to hunt down: hidden levels, unlockable characters. The graphics could be considered to be not-so-great, but they do their job of making you fell nostalgic, to which the music also contributes a lot to.The controls are also very precise, making it always your mistake when you fail.

82

A Platformers' Hardest Challenge

tatsuevo | April 23, 2013 | See all tatsuevo's reviews »

SMB is seriously a hell of a game. It's been one of the best platformers I've played in a long time aside from Super Mario Bros. The Lost Worlds. It's rage inducing, controller throwing, profane spewing mess that still keeps me coming back to play and 100% the game. The time based aspect of the game really adds an element of replayability in that you aim for the fastest route in the shortest amount of time available. The game has some downsides in that the game really should be played with a controller and that some of the level designs are a bit overused. Aside from that, if you're looking for a challenge and a storyline that has funny and amusing animations; definitely pick up Super Meat Boy

74

Rage Inducing Fun

Damuel | April 13, 2013 | See all Damuel's reviews »

This game is freaking hard. It's also really really fun and has a great sound track. Supposedly by the same mind as Binding of Issac, Super Meat Boy is a smash hit. The only major problem I have is the difficulty, it gets really hard, really fast, and (at least where I'm at) there are no check points. With some of the levels being almost a minute long it's very frustrating starting over and over. If there was a lower curve I'd love it, but I've never cursed out loud as much in any other game that I have within 20 minutes of Super Meat Boy.

Oh, and don't worry about the gamepad suggestion. The game plays perfectly fine with keyboard, I have no idea why the developers appear to have a fetish for consoles. I've made it very far and done pretty well with a keyboard and actually feel like it's better than with a controller.

It's not for the easily angered, but more for the patient players. A bit like hotline miami except less about puzzles and more about memorizing stages.

89

Great and Awesome Platformer

Xibalba | March 18, 2013 | See all Xibalba's reviews »

Fantastic gameplay, outstanding music, beautifully gritty environments, and a really solid "arcade feel" to the theme. Suggested to play with a pad. This game will kick your ass repeatedly and you'll probably die a few thousand times before completing the game, but for some reason no matter how much you die, you keep coming back for more punishment.

82

Hardest platformer I've played so far!

CrysisX | March 16, 2013 | See all CrysisX's reviews »

Saw this on sale the other day and decided to give this game a try. This game is surprisingly hard but it's fun and addictive at the same time. The levels in the game are well made and it gets harder as you progress through the game which at some point, makes you want to uninstall the game. Overall, the graphics, music and the gameplay is good and if you love challenging platformer games then Super Meat Boy is the game for you!

85

Fun game that will make you rage!

mkolp0 | March 16, 2013 | See all mkolp0's reviews »

This platformer is quite difficult and requires almost all your concentration at all times. Not only do you need skills and quick reflexes, but a lot of patience, as this game will really get on your nerves, to the point where you might actually throw your controller. You could try to use the keyboard, but it just isn't the same.

The game isn't too complex, one of those games that are easy to learn, a lifetime to master. The controls are quite responsive and the game looks pleasant, which just disguises the game for what it actually is: a blood boiling game that kills you so many times yet you come back for more. It is hard to say what makes it so addicting, but it definitely has the magic formula if it can make you redo a level a hundred times.

Overall, pleasant and fun, definitely something that doesn't blow off steam, but it has an appeal that always makes you come back for me

88

Great and Hard

MacroX1990 | Feb. 15, 2013 | See all MacroX1990's reviews »

I been played this game a lot and its really funny and its really hard, there're moments when you gonna want to flip your desktop, but when you finally can finish the level its a great feeling. There are a lots of levels and its cheap so Buy it!

90

Hard platformer

Stebsis | Feb. 13, 2013 | See all Stebsis's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a game that makes you rage quit it many times and want to throw your controller across the room and beat the living snot out of your monitor. And that's because the game is hard, incredibly hard, but great control of the Super Meat Boy himself only makes you realize that the fault is not in the game, it's in you.

You're on a quest to rescue the princess from the big bad guy, Dr. Fetus. The story is told through quite hilarious cutscenes between worlds. At the end of every stage you reach the princess but Dr. Fetus snatches her away when she's just in your reach. It's like a tribute to old Super Mario games where princess is always in the next castle and it feels like you never reach her.

At the end of each world there's a boss fight, and these are awesome. There are variety of different kinds. You have to stay above rising pool of blood, outrun a poop monster or remember a pattern of a colossal beast that you have to evade. These are hilarious bosses and one of the best parts of the game.

After every level you unlock a dark world level to that, but it's a lot, and I mean a lot harder. It's basically the same level, but with buzzsaws, pits, lasers and everything else to make it harder to complete. At the end these get ridiculously harder and I've almost broken my Xbox controller when playing this. And oh yeah, get a controller, I mean it. It's nearly impossible to navigate the harder levels on keyboard with the kind of precision controller gives you.

Super Meat Boy is enjoyable game and very few times it feels cheap despite it's difficulty. Very tight controls make sure that it's not the game's fault if you fail. If you're a fan, or interested in platformers and very hard games with nice lenght and replayability, SMB won't disappoint.

95

Bandage Get!

stuando | Feb. 11, 2013 | See all stuando's reviews »

I bought this game on xbox live when it was first released having no idea what i was in for, or how many hours of my life it would eat up. I've now purchased it for PC too, and honestly I've probably put all those hours back in again. . . happily! And with tons of extra levels uploaded the replay value here is simply amazing. Graphics, Music, Controls all spot on. Certainly my favorite platforming game.

78

Requires you to know it inside and out

DeweyDTruman | Feb. 8, 2013 | See all DeweyDTruman's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is hard. Seriously hard. Unforgivingly hard. And we love it for that. The gameplay feels like some of the tightest platforming around. It manages to look good and sound better throughout the entire game. The multiple unlockable characters are a real treat, provided you can manage to collect enough bandages. Which won't be an easy feat, so good luck with that. If you are a master of platforming, this is a game that's definitely for you.

88

A hard-as-nails platformer indeed!

alphalegion | Feb. 4, 2013 | See all alphalegion's reviews »

Super Meat Boy - A “hard-as-nails” platformer, with a very interesting narrative and style to it. I’ve got to say, my first impressions of this game, before playing, weren’t that great. I picked it up in a steam sale, and thought it might be a bit of fun to see how far I could get on this supposed “super hard” game.

But after launching it up... I was pleasantly surprise. The graphics looked a really nice, with hand-drawn feel to it, and the soundtrack was a pleasant surprise too. I have to say, not all of the music was completely to my taste, but it fitted well none-the-less.

It is an overall, very pleasing and addictive game. There isn’t much to criticize about this game, probably only the fact the it’s relatively short, if you’re good at it, and it can be completed in about 4 hours. But it’s still very fun to play, and surely be replayed many times over!

80

Prepare for pain

celdiruen | Feb. 2, 2013 | See all celdiruen's reviews »

You will die. A lot. And you'll hate it. You'll punch your table, flip your keyboard, and yell out in rage. And then you'll turn back to the monitor and keep playing. The game is notoriously difficult, but extremely rewarding when you get a level done well. If you're a masochist, give it a go.

85

Unforgiving, Psychotic, and Possibly the Best Platformer Ever

TheKnightOfNi | Feb. 2, 2013 | See all TheKnightOfNi's reviews »

You are a piece of meat, a piece of meat who loves his girlfriend so much that he would be willing to travel through around 100 of the most difficult and unrelenting platform sections in a game to date... Crazy. Overall, the game is absolutely amazing, the graphics are cute and funny and the twisted platforming gameplay (at some points you can stick to walls and even float around) is super addictive. This one is a must buy for any causal or hardcore gamer with a penchant for puzzlingly difficult platforming.

91

Best platform game ever!

Mrrickniel | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all Mrrickniel's reviews »

I started playing the game the first 2 worlds where easy and loved to play it because of the simple idea that is just simply brilliant.

Starting in the 3th world i started dying A LOT. I got angry multiple times but after that if you actually finish its a awesome feeling. And the replays after the levels are absolutly genius you see all your tries and believe me sometimes it looks like some kind of reunion of meat boys :).

Overall its a great game with almost no problems.

Btw: use controller keyboard controls sucked!

95

Bring the pain!

Jray264 | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all Jray264's reviews »

Looking for a tough-as-nails old school platformer? Are you also looking for a platformer that has simple, responsive, and near perfect gameplay? Then you found the perfect game. SMB is as simple as they come; run, jump, and dodge your way to the girl. Each stage is brilliant designed and each mistake feels like it's your fault. The game never feels cheap. With a good amount of stages and characters, you can't go wrong with SMB.

85

You will never experience more evil in a video-game

MalekTaktak | Jan. 21, 2013 | See all MalekTaktak's reviews »

The craziest, hardest, most challenging and frustrating, yet hilarious, addictive and long gaming session I have ever witnessed. This game is pure evil, and you will die until death itself is a vital matter.

Super Meat Boy is about a boy with no skin who has to save his damsell Bandage Girl (exactly what it says on the tin) from the evil hands of the top notch Dr. fetus. (a foetus with a monocle and top hat)

The actual gameplay is actually from the same BANDwagon, it's pretty gore filled and not for the light hearted, even more so if you are hot-blooded, you'll have to go through lots of levels and chapters, wall jumping around, dodging saws, missiles, monsters and even huge bosses. While this does sound pretty generic, the game has a lot of unique aspects and crazy awesome ideas.

Starting with the game's art, which are professionally/flawlessly drawn high definition sprites with lots of detail and attention, this reinforces the whole "indie games are art" concept and adds a lot of style to the game. Added to the secret unlockable characters from other indie games, retro hidden warp zones which are super secret levels.

I really recommend trying out this masterpiece, you will not be disappointed!

95

Relentless, unforgiving, addictive

lushteinas | Jan. 15, 2013 | See all lushteinas's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is one of those rare cases when a game just blows over all of you expectations, or lack of them and gives hours upon hours of pure fun. Couple that fun with all the frustration this tough-as-nails platformer is going to cause you and you've got a recipe for a great game. The gameplay is quick. Really quick. The controls - tight. The art style - imaginitive. And even though you will die a lot, it's not as much as hindrance, as a learning tool. You instantly respawn at the beggining of the level and get to go at it again, finally nailing that timing perfectly and executing every move as precisely as humanely possible. For fans of platformers this game is something to look at. For others - they might be put off by the frustrating difficulty.

95

Great Game

Hotspud | Jan. 12, 2013 | See all Hotspud's reviews »

This is an exceptional game but gets very difficult quickly. There are a lot of hidden bonus levels and interesting characters to unlock that put a different spin on the gameplay. Playing this big picture mode with a controller is ideal.

Essentially the game is a platformer, but with a twist in that your characters have some stick to walls which opens a lot of new gameplay. Some of the characters you get can float and have slight variations on their motion.

The goal of the game is to get through the level as quickly as possible, but there are saws, traps and other obstacles in your path - and expect to lose a lot. But, the game is addicting and the levels are short, so finishing them is quite satisfying. Highly recommend this title!

85

You'll love it

Lekes | Jan. 5, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is absolutely one of the most enjoyable platformer games that have come out in recent years. The early levels of each stage focus perfectly on teaching the player essential skills in how to interact with the environment to pass future levels. There's a great element of comedy within the game and an 80's nostalgia with all the nods to the great platform games that came before it. This is my favorite genre of video gaming, perhaps because of that very nostalgic feel of running, jumping and avoiding obstacles. Meat Boy is great, and with a ridiculous amount of levels this game provides almost endless fun for it's very low cost. Trust me, you'll love it.

81

Super Meat Boy - review

carlyle | Jan. 4, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »

The aim of the player, once again, is to lead the small and courageous Meat Boy through a series of short levels filled with deadly traps, the only way to avoid death is to run and jump like crazy. The traps are positioned to give huge hard time, often with dozens of attempts before passing one level. Precisely for this reason, Super Meat Boy is not within the reach of less tenacious players, but the good progression of difficulty and the gradual introduction of new traps make it so difficult, but rarely frustrating.

92

Brilliant "sequel"

999flame | Jan. 4, 2013 | See all 999flame's reviews »

Building upon the already-established Meat Boy flash game, Super Meat Boy turns the awesomeness dial to 11, and at such a low price you'd be crazy to miss out on a fantasic game. Be warned though, this game isn't easy.

90

Different kind of platformer

kairegister | Jan. 4, 2013 | See all kairegister's reviews »

Rather than 3-minute long levels with checkpoint, this game is different. It consists of short levels... very short. 1 minute at the longest I'd say. The game involves dying all the time. Not from enemies, but from falling or running into sawblades. The game isnt just a platformer, but a time trial. You'll enjoy not just beating the levels, but perfecting the levels to get the fastest time. The game consist of jumping and jumping on and off of walls and nothing else. Highly recommended for fans of games that gives you the urge to perfect something.

90

Absolutely infuriating.

Vishnup | Dec. 31, 2012 | See all Vishnup's reviews »

After some point in the game, the difficulty level just spikes, in a good way, of course. Most of the levels are rather short but they take a number of tries to beat them. The game is sufficiently better played with a gamepad, but I've been able to play with a keyboard so take that into account when buying the game. If you have any interest in the game at all, grab it, especially when it's on sale for 3.74 because it is definitely worth it.

85

Excellent Challenge

Jorgel | Dec. 26, 2012 | See all Jorgel's reviews »

One of the most difficults games of the last years. In Super Meat Boy you will die. A lot. But this is good, you will be willing to beat that level, you will be frustrated while you don't, but when you finally make it you will be extremely sattisfied, just to go to the next level and experience the same feelings again, and again.

90

Old-school gaming is back!

Vinicius_92 | Dec. 25, 2012 | See all Vinicius_92's reviews »

I assume that if you are 20+ years old, you have good memories with old-school games. Challenging game such as Mega Man, Ninja Gaiden and Battletoads are potentially a big part of such memories. The feeling of failing over and over again because of a single precise jump is a feeling that is missed for many in the games nowadays. But cry no more, here it is Super Meat Boy.

Super Meat Boy is a platformer game that follow the old-school games formula: you must be incredibly precise in order to succeed throughout the many stages within the game. Whenever you fail (happens a lot, get used to it), you go back to the beginning of the stage. The stages are short, so the repetition because of the constant fails will not be a frustration.

The graphics are great, with a classic 2D style, the music reminds me of chiptune music and the controls are tight, so don't try to blame the controls, ok?

80

Hardcore jumps

DukePaul | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a game where you will die a lot, even this title can be the game that breaks your record of deaths in a videogame but this insane difficulty is great because the levels are short and it is very addictive try to the beat the level, die and then restart it, if you have patience you will beat the normal world with all the levels but if you want to complete the game, you will need real skill.

Also watch out with the saws! in this game they will be your worst enemy.

91

Platforming Skills

Angeluzian | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all Angeluzian's reviews »

This is a very hard platforming game, while not as hard as for example I wanna be the guy, it is far better in every way and gives a challanging experience like no other. While it's hard, it's possible, and in no way unfair. If you die, it's your fault. not the game's. Enyoy this if you have a long time to play, because you will die alot.

88

Challanging Platformer

atik12 | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all atik12's reviews »

Super Meat Boy takes you good old times. Levels are short but it takes too many tries to beat them. A bit easier with gamepad but with keyboard this game is nearly impossible. Levels are pretty hard, game is full of fun and it's a must buy.

80

Super Meaty

DonVercetti | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

The concept of Super Meat Boy really caught me, the idea with the very charming cartoony style does make it a lovely game to look at. As many other people I would recommend people to plug in a controller when playing this title. It is still possible to do great at this game while using a keyboard, some people just prefer the controller for it. I do find the game very frustrating, that would apply to me as I’m not the best at this game. Time challenges and extra objects in the levels do keep you playing the game, so this is a title you will always return to at points.

95

Neverending platformer

Cavalieroscuro | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »

Super Meat boys is, simply, the best platformer at the moment. No power ups or upgrades, only run jump. It is insanely hard but not impossible, essentially you must learn to play and, when you will do it, every single level completed will give you statisfaction. And now, with Super Meat World, there are infinite levels you can play created by users. A must.

70

Frustrating fun, but little value beyond that

Scorpy | Dec. 20, 2012 | See all Scorpy's reviews »

Super Meat Boy will have you repeating levels over and over in order to beat them. In fact, you MUST repeat a level over and over to beat it. Unlike Hotline Miami, however, it isn't a justified repetition. Most deaths feel cheap and unjust, mostly due to the lack of knowledge on the player's part of the level. Once you die, you go back to the beginning. That's not bad, but having to redo some grueling level segments gets irritating.

Play this if you really need a fast-paced platformer.

88

Are you a Sadist?

Abomb7894 | Dec. 11, 2012 | See all Abomb7894's reviews »

This game is a very hard platformer, and that is why its so much fun. It takes so many tries to get through a level, and then at the end, you get to watch all your failed attempts and their slaughter. Also, the warning it gives you about a gamepad is true. I played through it with a keyboard, and it hurt. It is possible, but a gamepad is a lot less painful. There even is a half decent plot to the story, so thats worth an effort. I would 100% recommend grabbing it on sale during the winter sale if you enjoy a challenging game, or just want to burn some time.

90

Fun and Annoying

nintendo97 | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all nintendo97's reviews »

This is a very good platformer, with short levels. Play with a controller, because without one, it is nearly impossible to win later levels and your pinky will hurt. The game is super-hard, but super-fun.

96

One of the best indie games ever made

hugemouth | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all hugemouth's reviews »

Probably the hardest game i have ever played, bought it a year and a half ago and i am still playing it with at list 10 levels left (out of almost 300). the longest levels are 60 seconds or so but you are going to fail often, it could take several hours to finish some of them. the art style is great and funny, the sound is also great. the soundtrack is one of the best, you should buy it even if you don't like the game itself. this is an endless treat with 300 original levels and countless downloadable levels, you get a level editor with it and some of the community made levels are just brutal. buy it and then buy it again!

83

A classic about classics

abelfs | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all abelfs's reviews »

Probably the hardest indie game. Difficult as hell, this platformer is a clear tribute which winks classics like Street Fighter, Super Mario or Bit Trip (in fact, you can control the character of the last one). You'll die thousands of times, but you'll never get bored

90

Frustrating and fun, all at the same time

MarkDeejay | Nov. 5, 2012 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »

Frustrating and so much fun at the same time. In this game you'll die... A LOT. But the levels are fun and small, they usually take 1-2 minutes to finish; if you don't die. It just takes some skill (major skill if you're into unlockables actually) and a lot of precise timing. I'm normally not into the 'hard to beat' platformers, but somehow this one kept me hooked till the end. Loved the graphics, loved the presentation, loved the levels. Loved everything about it :D So... if you love your games like I do you simply HAVE to own this. Oh, and you get to see ALL your attempts in the replays, all at the same time, it's brilliant... BRILLIANT I tell you :D

89

Prepare to die

V2lentin | Oct. 30, 2012 | See all V2lentin's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is one of the hardest platform games you'll get to play. Ever! And especially if you try using a keyboard. The game was clearly desing with a gamepand in mind and this is the way it plays best. The story is quite simple: you are Meat Boy, a cubic piece of meat, whose girlfriend was kidnapped by Dr. Fetus. Now you must get her back. The levels are short, most of them taking less than 1 minute to complete. But that is the perfect run. You'll try tens of times, until you'll master the jumps and timings in order to get it right. The graphics are nicely drawn and detailed and everything fits the overall ironic style of the game. The music is fast paced and makes you feel the rhytm of the game, sometimes giving you the impulse of trying to be faster and faster. SMB is one of those games that must be played in order to understand how difficult it really is. It's a very rewarding experience, expecially when getting a record time.

95

My fingers are broken

migrated | Oct. 9, 2012 | See all migrated's reviews »

Honestly, I think a piano player would be able to play the game on a keyboard without too much difficulty. My poor pinky finger has been given a tough workout. It's a very challenging game, extremely punishing for small errors, but the satisfaction you get from beating the stage is so rewarding, you push on for more. Would definitely recommend a gamepad, but if you master the keyboard, that's some serious kudos to you.

87

SMB can eat away your life in 10-second bites

Engin33r | Oct. 5, 2012 | See all Engin33r's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is an amazing platforming challenge, that every fan of the genre should try, but very, very few will ever master. The difficulty is very steep after the first couple of Worlds, and that's just the normal version of the maps. The Dark version of the maps that unlock as you play are for the very few and the very proud. Still, with hundreds of official maps, and plenty of community created ones easily accessible in-game, Super Meat Boy can keep every player occupied for a very long time, even if they decide to not even bother with the more insane challenge levels.

85

Great game but very hard

lachking | Oct. 3, 2012 | See all lachking's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a platform game from Team Meat. The story revolves around you trying to rescue your girlfriend from an “evil fetus”. The levels are detailed and varied, with many obstacles in your way such as spinning saws and bottomless pits. One thing to be noted is that you will die ALOT. You may even die 50 times on some levels (I died about 100 times on the hospital boss level). It is interesting that your total death count is actually in the options menu. Although the game can often get frustrating, the levels are very short, so when you die, you will not have to constantly repeat huge segments. In terms of presentation, the game’s visual style is good, but the real treat is in the soundtrack, particularly the hospital chapter’s music. All in all, Super Meat Boy is a great game. Levels are challenging and varied, and a fun atmosphere is created. Just be sure that you don’t smash your keyboard out of frustration when you die for the 60th time on a level.

88

Do you like it rough?

das_regal | Oct. 2, 2012 | See all das_regal's reviews »

If so, Super Meat Boy is the game for you. It starts out fairly easily, but not even 30 minutes in you'll start to feel the sweet burn of old school difficulty. Thankfully, Team Meat took this into account and built in a bunch of features that make the difficulty rewarding and not frustrating.

First of all, when you finish a level you get to watch all of your attempts occur replayed simultaneously. You will see every failure of yours happen alongside your sole success. I cannot stress enough how awesome this is.

Secondly, you can restart the level you failed almost instantly. This lack of downtime between attempts really helps keep the punitive feeling to a minimum.

And finally, the controls give you enough rope to hang yourself while also putting you completely in charge of your own destiny. When you fail, you know it was something you did, and something you can correct.

90

One of the best plataformers

Sharptap | Sept. 24, 2012 | See all Sharptap's reviews »

This game is pure plataform , speed and agility are required to go through this hard game. After playing this game for hours and hours and almost have all achievements (I have golden god achievement) I think i still have a lot to do in this game. The Soundtrack is Awesome and the references to other games are hilarious. Gamepad is recommended but i completed the whole game with my keyboard. Buy this game.

98

Buy this game now!

Zinzun | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

Insanely hard, this is an awsome game! TONS of hard platforming level, you will beat only if you master them. And if you will beat the entire game, yes, there is dark world option, same level, only in their hardest version. A lot of secrets (like Captain Viridian, Minecraft Man and many other characters) to discover, an easy-to-use editor make this game infinite!

85

What is not to like?

Mikester7 | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all Mikester7's reviews »

While a have to say a requirement of playing this game to full functionality is by playing with a game pad, there is no real reason not to have this game. It is a challenging platform game with responsive controls, a quirky sense of humor, numerous references to other indie characters, challenging and overall a well polished game. If you are good enough to finish this game totally including the timed runs and bandages, go and try out some of the custom maps which can get ridiculously hard. A great modern platforming game overall.

90

Thank You Edmund !

zhack075 | Aug. 29, 2012 | See all zhack075's reviews »

This game is difficult, you will fail, fail, and fail again...

But I've never been mad about that, in fact I laughted most of the time. This game require patience, precision and skill and remember me Super Mario World on SNES back in the time. Ok, Super Meat Boy is far more difficult than mario but trust me, this is a GREAT game!

88

Get ready to pull your hair out.

Cooberstooge | Aug. 28, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »

Do you like games that drive you mad, and reward you but little when you succeed? Have you always wanted to curse little blocks of...stuff that keep dying over and over again? What about playing a game with possibly the best control scheme on the planet? Super Meat Boy is all these things and more, and will bring you joy and madness in equal amounts.

Boasting enough levels to make your head spin is simply awesome - actually getting through them is another story. It's all about timing, and when it works, there's nothing quite like a perfect run. Repeating due to death isn't always a bad thing, but does get old after a time - I find SMB to be best as a 20 minutes at a time type of game.

You can always grab new levels made by other users when you run out of the original ones, and racing against other players' times is great fun. The sound suits, and is awesomely retro. Characters from other games make appearances throughout the game. The graphics are great, totally retro, and don't tax the computer in the least bit, so basically anyone can play SMB.

I definitely recommend this one, since Super Meat Boy is awesome value for the money, and you'll still be coming back to it years from now.

83

Hoo boy... This game is HARD.

Evilshallwin | Aug. 11, 2012 | See all Evilshallwin's reviews »

If you like platforming and challenges, you'd probably like this game.

If you don't, you'd still probably like this game. That's how addicting it is. You have to be focused both mentally and physically to play this game. Most of the time, you'll only have a small window to react to something, and it just keeps pulling you in to try again and again.

If you get this game, I can bet you that you'll get a little mad at some parts, but overall, it is one of the most fun games I have ever played.

50

I hated it, but you might not.

Lunk | Aug. 7, 2012 | See all Lunk's reviews »

If you've ever spent time gaming online, you've probably run into a certain kind of opponent: someone who is way better than you, knows they're way better than you, and wants to make absolutely certain that you know it, too. Super Meat Boy is that opponent transformed into a single-player platformer.

Even before you get into the action, this attitude is made clear by a splash screen informing you that if you don't play with the dev's preferred input device (a 360 controller), you're an idiot. After that, you're thrown into a ruthlessly difficult platformer, requiring pinpoint control to advance. As the other reviews make clear, even the most seasoned gamer will spend a significant amount of their playtime resisting the urge to smash their controller because it's just that hard. There are quite a few levels, achievements that demand even more precision for the truly masochistic, and support for user created levels (or at least there is when the database isn't getting hacked while the dev is too busy mocking people trying to help him by pointing out the obvious security flaws to fix it. True story.), so if you're into this kind of thing there's plenty of value in the package.

I gave the game a 50 mostly because I had no idea how to accurately rate it. If I were scoring it just for myself it would have been considerably lower, but I'm obviously not the target demographic and only tried it because it came in a bundle. If I were scoring it for people who enjoy maddening, rage-inducing difficulty... I have no idea what I'd give it, because I don't understand those people. I don't mean that as a perjorative, it's just a mindset that I don't quite grasp.

The widespread praise for Super Meat Boy here and elsewhere makes it clear that some people find it immensely satisfying, so if it sounds like your kind of game by all means listen to those people. On the other hand, if you're anything like me and you're thinking that this game probably isn't for you, I just want to tell you one thing: you're absolutely right.

87

Fun and very hard game

panz3r88 | July 20, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a platform game for hardcore gamer. In each level the objective is to reach bandage girl at the end. This is not a simple task because the levels are full of traps and enemies we must avoid to reach the end of the level. The game is very fun but if you want to reach the end of the game you must be patient and die a lot of time because this is probably one of the hardest videogame I've ever seen. The longevity of the game is infinite because you can play the level created with the editor by users

94

One of the best 2D plataformers

CJV | July 16, 2012 | See all CJV's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a game about a boy with no skin that has his girlfriend kidnapped by a fetus in a jar, and so he must go through a lot of dangers, dying a lot in the process, to save her. But the plot is not the most important thing in this game, what I would like to point out is how fun it is. I have spent over 50 hours on this game, and loved every second of it. Many people say this game is hard, and sure, I died a lot, but didn't find this game to be that hard or frustrating. It may take dozens of deaths to finally beat a level but thanks to the instant respawn and to the very responsive game engine I never really felt frustrated. Bottom line, this is the most fun I had with a plataformer for a long time. You should really give it a try.

90

Fast. Fluid. Precise. Fun.

Cynaris | July 13, 2012 | See all Cynaris's reviews »

These are the traits that everyone really needs to know about this little heavy hitter. Super Meat Boy is a truly meaty game, with countless levels, that is being expanded by the community.

Beware though, the game might start out easy, but it gets challenging, and it gets challenging FAST.

What is truly great about it though? For all the annoyance it may cause, you never will get angry at the game, because you know, whenever you die it's your own damn fault. Smooth, and precise controls are the heart of a good platformer, and Meat Boy nails it.

The game is great in short bursts, but platformer enthusiasts can play it hours long, it's really that good.

80

Full blown rage-fest! But awesome.

Dinoienugget | July 2, 2012 | See all Dinoienugget's reviews »

Do you miss how games used to be hard? Do you finish new games within a few hours? Well this beautifully difficult puzzle game is very different from the norm.

This game is packed full of beautiful worlds to keep your aesthetic sensors happy while you struggle to complete the various puzzles within. Even if you rage-quit a seemingly impossible puzzle, you'll soon find yourself back to the game again giving it another hundred goes.

The characters in this game, thin in numbers as they are, are all loveable in their own way... Although you may find yourself hateing Meat Boy for a while as he doesn't do exactly what you want him to through no fault of his own. There are also plenty of characters to unlock, some of which you may find very familiar.

As if all of this wasn't enough to make you want to buy it, there are also boss-fights at the end of each world that also seem impossibly difficult.

I may be selling this game as impossible but the reality of it is, its addictive and you will love it the same way that I have!

90

One of the definitive indie games of this century

Mattiebo | June 23, 2012 | See all Mattiebo's reviews »

Super Meat Boy holds a special place in my heart as one of the first truly indie games I have played and loved. In that sense, it is comparable to other Indie greats like Minecraft and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

The game was made by 2 people; Tommy Refenes, who programmed the game and Edmund McMillen, who provided the brilliant art style which is also present in his other games like Gish and The Binding of Isaac.

Super Meat Boy is a hard game, and you'll probably find it frustrating at times (read: most of the time) as you try desperately to finish the level.

The gameplay has you running and wall-jumping through levels specifically designed to be torturously hard. As you progress, of course, the gameplay gets even harder, but the game never gets repetitive or boring because of this.

As you play through the game, you can also unlock special characters from other indie games including Commander Video from BIT.TRIP RUNNER and Steve from Minecraft, who each have different abilities.

Also, you can unlock a dark version of most of the levels, which make the game even harder.

If you manage to complete every level in the core game, you can simply hop onto the user-generated levels and play them. Even better, you can make your own levels using the level creator.

For me, Super Meat Boy will always be a game that inspires me. Seeing how much time and effort Refenes and McMillen put into making this game really puts into perspective just what Indie gaming is all about.

If you're interested, you can see the game being made in the recently released Indie Game: The Movie, but until then, I recommend this game to anyone.

85

Gritty Fun

ROKET | June 18, 2012 | See all ROKET's reviews »

I loved my time with SMB. It was insanely challenging and utterly hilarious to play. The art style is great, the story is funny, and the gameplay is wonderfully fluid.

The challenge level may induce some level of rage but the game is very satisfying. Remember that Shift is for sprinting. It'll help out a lot. I cant tell you how much I laughed while playing this game. It drove me nuts but had bursting with laughter each time I got blasted into a pile of red goo.

92

Play it!

Geenaro | May 27, 2012 | See all Geenaro's reviews »

It's the control that makes this game. The graphics are simple fun, the gameplay fairly standard platformer - a combination of timing of movement/jumping with puzzles. But the difference between a good version of this sort of game and a bad is how accurately the characters on-screen response reflects what you've done, or feel you've done, with keyboard/controller. This game is expert at its implementation of controls.

Controls are very simple. You can run, walljump, holding jump longer gives you higher jumps, and you can sprint. That's it. The thing that makes the controls so genius however is how tight they feel. You instantly feel completely in control of Meat Boy, and as you play more you eventually learn how to dodge things extremely well. Once you have beaten the game you can easily impress people who are new to the game by playing the first parts of the game over again. This is using a gamepad however, and I have not dared to try to play it on a keyboard. This is mostly because I started playing this on the 360, and those are the controls I am familiar with.

There are many levels in this game and almost all of them require multiple play throughs to get through because you have to be really really precise in your moves and a graded timing to meet.

89

Expect frustration...

Chack | May 22, 2012 | See all Chack's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a platform game that revives the 80' and 90', not just in graphics and sounds, also giving us and extremely difficult game, it may seems easy at first, but it gets really challenging. If you are a hardcore gamer, from the old days, like me, you would enjoy this game so much (and you will get angry too sometimes). Casual gamers, you better stay away, this is too much for you ;)

65

Hard and challenging, but not impossible.

arkantos | May 21, 2012 | See all arkantos's reviews »

This game is something different from what you see around, it's challenging, and it doesn't have god modes as many other games does, this game will ask you to play as the best you can, while playing as a little piece of meat, trying to rescue the love of your life, while jumping around the levels, avoiding a lot of obstacles and enemies trying to take you down in the many levels you will go throug, also it has a lot of "Community made" maps if the base game wasn't enough for you, sometimes indie doesn't mean easy, this game shows that perfectly.

80

As charming as it is FRUSTRATING!!

albeenox | May 16, 2012 | See all albeenox's reviews »

This game will simultaneously have you tearing your your hair, while eagerly constantly wanting to play 'just one more level...'

This is a very easy to pick up and play game. There are no weapons to shoot, nothing to aim at, or complicated items or equipment to utilise... its just move, run, jump, jump, jump and jump again! Its all about reflexes and accuracy. The controls are responsive (especially with a gamepad), and are simple, but can be oh-so-tricky to master. But that just makes getting through to the end of each level that much more satisfying.

The cartoonish and simplistic visuals are striking and work really well for the quirky light-hearted (yet surreal and a bit creepy!!) atmosphere.

All in all, a highly enjoyable sidescrolling action game, that is as charming as it is challenging.

80

Great but hard game!

Mixters | May 16, 2012 | See all Mixters's reviews »

When i bought Super Meat Boy my first thought was, "well this will be a nice game to play when you're bored and so on", but so wrong I was. The beginning was pretty easy, but when you progress it gets harder and harder until it's almost impossibly hard!

I'm almost sure I've died at least 20times per level, but I still want to keep going. It's addicting, you just wanna see what happens in the story and how the next level looks like.

I don't really know how many levels there really is but I haven't gotten bored of it yet. Every level is unique and different in it's own way so I doubt the maps are, what will get boring first.

Overall a good indiegame, and well worth the money, but very hard. So if you're easily frustrated, you should probably not get this game cause you'll be screaming at your computer.

94

As if we were in the 90's

kalil | May 15, 2012 | See all kalil's reviews »

For years I have not played the snes or sega emulators (I guess 2) and to meet again with this game that runs on a mmx certainly is a true work of art. MORE ON THESE DAYS DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LAST GENERATION PC experience low FPS NOT WITH ANY GAME TODAY THAT IS ACCEPTABLE.

while the idea of jumping obstacles there existed q 2d (upper Tues States.) I think this issue by other diverdita, entertaining, and why not? compelling.

had the analysis:

gameplay: you have stages like all games, and as we move going to ask much of us, coordination, reflexes, the truth of the best in the game.

Technology: I think it's one of those games flash simile, which are made with Tecnos like online gaming, but that is not the strong play.

Graphics: simple, colorful, cartoonish, each world or stage very distinct from the other .... The interesting thing is: HOW IS A LITTLE MEAT TROZITO, while walking leaves a trail of blood, AND IF ONE OF RE bursts THE MANY close, BLOOD SPREAD ALL OVER.

sounds: the soundtrack for the game are left background musics of the game, the subjects heard so far are quite bearable and allowed to listen.

Innovation: While the plot is typical: "I GO MY BRIDE kidnapped THE RESCUE" I believe that innovation comes from the carnesita walker and I think there Ligeresa levels are developed, I think at some point is that puts an "accelerated" and ending enthusiastic

95

A difficult but amazing game

nibblemonkey | May 14, 2012 | See all nibblemonkey's reviews »

Super Meat Boy may be one of the hardest games that I have ever played, the first few levels introduce you to the game and don't take that much skill to complete but the later levels will have constantly restarting as you continuously die (Normally at one specific bit of the level) and not notice how many times you did fail at the level until it shows you all your attempts at once after you finish. There is also little bits of story in the game, there isn't much story to the game as it isn't the focus of the game but what is there is amusing and well animated. Overall Super Meat Boy is an tough Platformer game that is difficult but you will always want to keep trying over and over until you manage to finish the level.

90

Brilliant

scottnat | April 14, 2012 | See all scottnat's reviews »

It's the control that makes this game. The graphics are simple fun, the gameplay fairly standard platformer - a combination of timing of movement/jumping with puzzles. But the difference between a good version of this sort of game and a bad is how accurately the characters on-screen response reflects what you've done, or feel you've done, with keyboard/controller. This game is expert at its implementation of controls.

While there's plenty of throw-stuff-at-the-wall frustration of not quite executing a maneuver, followed by 'just one more try', there's never any sense of the game itself cheating you out of a victory. And there is a genuine sense of satisfaction tackling and eventually beating the harder levels.

Should add, to, the game has a great sense of humor. Starting with the blood smears etc of smiling chunk of meat you play as.

100

Is just amazing

Zade | March 4, 2012 | See all Zade's reviews »

I've always wanted to play this game,and i dont repent,is a game that makes you think how to reach the leves,and got a great sense of humor,the litle meet boy gonna travel around more then 30 levels,of pure action,jumps,chainsaws,bloody meat,is just amazing,really original.

100

You will scream at the screen, yet come back for more!

Durandir | Feb. 8, 2012 | See all Durandir's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a strange game. Usually games where you die over and over again ends up on the pile of «games I will never play again» pile. But for some reason SMB just keeps you coming back for more.

The premise is simple. You are Meat Boy, and boy which has been turned inside out it seems. You girlfriend, Bandage Girl, has been kidnapped by the sinister Dr. Fetus. This means you have to traverse 2D platforming levels from Hell. At least you do so in the section of the game called «Hell»...

Controls are very simple. You can run, walljump, holding jump longer gives you higher jumps, and you can sprint. That's it. The thing that makes the controls so genius however is how tight they feel. You instantly feel completely in control of Meat Boy, and as you play more you eventually learn how to dodge things extremely well. Once you have beaten the game you can easily impress people who are new to the game by playing the first parts of the game over again. This is using a gamepad however, and I have not dared to try to play it on a keyboard. This is mostly because I started playing this on the 360, and those are the controls I am familiar with.

Graphically the game is great. Different styles break up what could have been a monotony of levels, excellent and hilarious cutscenes starts and ends each section of the game, and small touches like bloodsplatter on every surface you touch gives the game a great style. The throwback retro levels are especially neat.

When it comes to sounds you have the needed «splat-y» sounds you would expect to hear when a slab of meat hit a wall. Where it truly shines however us the music. Some of the best music made for the past years in games, without question. And I would say it is better than a lot of other music that came out last year as well. They also made sure that songs did not start over every time you die, which really helps.

Because die you will. Some levels you will lose count of how many times you die in the first few seconds of the level. Then you will get past that part, and die on the next. But you have no lives, and you instantly return to the start, making dying less of a hassle.

As hard platformers go, this is one of the best ones out there. It is so good I not only own one copy, but two. One on Xbox and one on PC. PC is the way to go however, since you can make your own levels and play other levels much easier. Just make sure you have an easy, «get aggression out» game on hand, because this will really test your limits on rage quitting.

80

Tougher Than Chuck Norris

meiji | Nov. 20, 2011 | See all meiji's reviews »

Once upon a time there was a boy. who was super..... and made of MEAT! A very difficult platformer with a funny cute-like story. Dodging all kinds of dangerous traps such as the good old spikes, saw, and much much more. What could possibly go wrong? Spending several hours trying to beat the game and help save Meat Boy's girlfriend. GO and aid Meat Boy's everlasting quest!

80

Hard as hell!

xboxer | Nov. 15, 2011 | See all xboxer's reviews »

You've got to have extreme patience to play SMB.

First of all SMB is a huge nod to classic side scrollers like Super Mario Bros. Even the name's initials is a spoof of Mario.

But this is a darker, more sinister version of Mario and it is hard as hell.

There are many levels in this game and almost all of them require multiple play throughs to get through because you have to be really really precise in your moves and a graded timing to meet.

Overall, I will only recommend this if you are a really patient person. Or someone in need of extreme gaming challenge.

100

Edmund McMillen never fails.

Alixey | Nov. 6, 2011 | See all Alixey's reviews »

Simply put, the best true platforming game to come out in YEARS. As you can immediately notice, the user scores are quite polarized, and I believe this is true to the nature of the game. If you find joy in surmounting difficult (But FAIR) platforming challenges, this game is the PERFECT game for you. Let me also state that the 10 I assigned this game was not some knee-jerk reaction to a merely clever indie game. This game is fantastic by ANY standard, it is perfectly executed. There is nothing in the game where I have ever said, man, I wish X existed. In a time where games like Fallout New Vegas and Civ 5 release with the swath of glitches and bugs in the game, it is refreshing to have a game ship out that is immensely bug free, it is absolutely precise. You may even grow to treat this precision as a foe, as there is a razor thin edge between success and death in each level, there is no "give", if you touch a deadly obstacle with any part of your hit-box, you can count on dying. However, this consistency gives rise to the games greatest achievement, the overall fairness of the game. I am astounded that I read other user reviews that actually complained about the controls, they are absolutely astounding. To be fair, I do use a Xbox360 controller, I could see that without one it may take longer to "pick up" but the controls are nevertheless, precise. The character becomes an extension of your will, you'll find sometimes that when an unexpected hazard appears, you react quickly and ably within fractions of a second, as if you were acting out of instinct. I am also disturbed to read some people claiming that this game's difficulty is just a mechanism to lengthen the game. I find it hard to believe we even played the same game. The levels are difficult to be sure, but they are absolutely fair, if you die, it is your fault, there are no invisible traps, your character will not move if you don't tell him to. And even if you die, the levels each can be completed in under a minute, so if you do die (and you will die, often) almost no progress is lost. You will not be spending 5 minutes just to get a chance to practice the spot you died at last time. The other reason I find this explanation difficult to believe is that there are over 300 levels. The game is already massive, it wouldn't need to be lengthened by unnecessary difficulty. In short: A difficult platformer, but an absolute masterpiece if you are willing to take up the challenge.

92

Very bloody game :P

lordzed | Oct. 19, 2011 | See all lordzed's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is hard. Absurdly hard. By removing any of the classic punishments for dying (except for spawning you back at the start of the level) and making controls as precise and responsive as possible, the game can get away with a level of frustration that beats even the hardest early 90ies Nintendo games (which this game quite obviously is a homage to). The game was invented by Edmund McMillen, one of the new big names in the indie games scene. And it is by far not his first game. His trademark dark, morbid humor, distinctive drawing style and love for unusual gameplay has fueled a variety of games so far, including his biggest previous commercial release, "Gish", and a variety of online Flash games ("Aether", "Time Fcuk" and, yes, even Meat Boy had his debut as a Flash game). He is the main reason I do not dismiss Flash games as casual time wasters any more (Time Fcuk is pretty mind-bending). Unfortunately, Super Meat Boy has very little of the sense for gameplay innovation found in McMillen's other games. This is a straight forward platformer. You can stick to walls a bit which allows a wider range of vertical "climbing" maneuvers and the individual levels surely explore the basic gameplay concept to the fullest (including various retro-styled side-missions and playable characters with additional abilities). But clearly, this game's appeal is the sheer amount of content and polish, not mind-bending originality. Which leaves me with my biggest gripe: The only reason to play SMB is the "challenge". You can brag to your friends that you beat level X at speed Y... you see a charmingly animated cut-scene of Meat Boy saving Bandage Girl from Dr Fetus (I don't know what's going on in McMillen's horribly twisted brain either, but the result is clearly fantastic). But in the end, it's just finger-spasm inducing jump timing and screaming expletives at the screen. At one point, after trying a level for what seemed like literally 100 times, I asked myself: "Why am I doing this to me?" It got awfully repetitive. It was neither fun nor fulfilling. And it was essentially the same gameplay I experienced on the SNES 20 years ago, just with the polish of decades of fine-tuning. I also feel like mentioning that it is one of those XBLA ports that make you feel like a second-rate customer on the PC, for no apparent reason. A splash screen reminds you that you're an idiot if you don't use your XBOCKS(r) official gaming controller(tm), to add insult to injury, in McMillen's typical, trollish tone. Which, in return, seems to just be an excuse for originally not even having an option to adjust keyboard controls or use the mouse in the menu (the controls customization has since been patched, but some things, like the menu, still feel weird). It's not like the game uses any fancy controller-specific features like analog precision or a myriad of buttons (ironically, the XBox controller is infamous for its horrible digi-pad). SMB shares this with a ton of other games, lately, and you have to wonder why the console version is always treated as the gold standard when, in times of Steam, the PC version should compete nicely in terms of sales and audience reach. SMB surely is an intriguing game but not for the reasons I'd hope in a modern day platformer. Compared to other indie game 2D super stars like Braid, it feels a little uninspired. It's the charming graphics, excellent soundtrack and, well, my support for the indie scene in general that makes me like the game nevertheless. But it's not quite the must-have game some make it out to be. To truly love SMB, you have to be part of a rather specific hardcore niche that likes games for the "challenge" rather than complexity. For the not-so-humble price (for indie games standards), I'd say you should make sure you know clearly what you get yourself into before buying the game blindly.

92

You'll love it, and then hate it.

stormx360 | Oct. 8, 2011 | See all stormx360's reviews »

This game is great, it's the only game that's made me want to break the PC, yet I still come back to it time after time, The game is huge (There are over 300 levels, plus bonus warp zones)

If that wasn't enough, Team Meat have also level editor, so you can always make more levels if needed. Another thing I loved is how it has unlocks, and bonus levels from various indie games (including Bit Trip Runner, Minecraft, VVVVVV and more), theres even a headcrab from Half Life to unlock!.

I can easily say to anyone looking for a challenge or for a decent platformer to buy it now, if you don't like games which make you fustrated, stay away.

90

Pain never felt this good

Baha | Sept. 15, 2011 | See all Baha's reviews »

A very difficult game that brings back the trial and error of platforming and ramps up the madness with speed and seemingly pixel perfect jumps. Slow and steady does not win this race, you have to be on your toes and react accordingly or else you're dead. Super Meat Boy's greatest strength lies in it's execution which entices you to keep trying without any form of arbitrary punishment for failing. Coupled with fantastic level design and a humorous story, it's really hard not to recommend this gem of classic platforming goodness.

92

Awesome Meat!

darkxl | Sept. 8, 2011 | See all darkxl's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a Great Game!

It is not a game with an amazing story, but it's bearable, You are basically playing a piece of meat named Meat Boy, who has to save his girlfriend Bandage Girl, from the evil Dr. Fetus. The game is your normal 2D platforming game, although the style is something we're used to seeing in the past, the gameplay difficulty is also the same, it is extremely hard! What I do like about the game is the great level design and a simple old school story that had me motivated as a player to pass each level to save Bandage Girl! The music is well set and the playback feature that show how many attempts I took to beat the level is an awesome idea. What I do not like is that some levels are soo difficult that it makes me not want to continue the game at all.

88

Hardcare game perfect for masochists

Dweezy | Sept. 4, 2011 | See all Dweezy's reviews »

How much do you value your precious free time and the amount of blood, sweat and tears that you may lose from being frustrated at a game? Well, regardless of what bodily fluids you may lose over playing this game, SMB is an awesome game. It is hardcore tough. Completionists may take a liking to this game because there is a lot to do and masochists...well, you get the point. This game is tough.

You play as Meat Boy, a lovable wad of meat who is trying to rescue Bandage Girl from being kidnapped by Dr. Fetus. Awesome already isn't it? You must get from point A to point B in each stage while maneuvering sometimes very difficult obstacles. There are 7 worlds to beat, usually with 20 stages each, an additional 20 stages that are more challenging, boss stages, and secret hidden levels. There are extra characters to unlock (many of them you may recognize from other games) and each with their own special ability.

Cons: Tough as nails platformer may be a turn off to some looking to play a casual game. Also, turn back now if you don't want to realize you actually have a potty mouth.

95

The epitome of trial and error.

The_Magikarp | Sept. 4, 2011 | See all The_Magikarp's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a difficult game to review. Not because it's bad, in fact, it's really quite the opposite. Super Meat Boy is one of the finest platforming games I've played in a long time. The controls are solid and responsive, the art style is fun, and the story is downright hilarious... but the game itself is unforgiving and relentless in its difficulty. You will be repeating levels several times, even more so if you're going for 100% completion. Despite the rage, the game's charm and simplicity keep you coming back for more, and it's a very easy recommendation. I certainly got my $3.75 worth of entertainment out of it.

75

Buy this if you like punishment

Cptkrush | Sept. 4, 2011 | See all Cptkrush's reviews »

This game is brutal, I can't even play too much of it for fear of breaking my pc in anger. I knew what I was getting going in, however, so whenever I feel like a challenge, I boot this bad boy up. SMB plays like any other sidescroller out there. You run, you jump, you avoid things, however, they seem to have bumped everything up 1000%. The initial levels aren't tough at all, but as you progress out of the first few stages, it starts to ramp up exponentially. If you pick this one up, be ready for some of the most frustrating yet solid gameplay you will ever experience.

90

Old School for cool

Ascadia | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all Ascadia's reviews »

A charming return to a classic formula, Super Meat Boy hits all of those retro points for the 8-bit era while injecting a heavy dose of twisted sarcastic charm. The level design is perhaps the most amazing thing about this game. Each level has been designed so its easier to "speed run" than it is to try and carefully make your way through the game, but you have to be precise in your reactions and timing. Think of it like an entire game made up of getting the star at the end of a level in Mario 3, when you do it right its effortless but one minor slip and you end up with a mushroom. If you like platform games of old, you owe it to yourself to play Super Meat Boy.

95

One of the best platformers of this generation.

TimmiT9 | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all TimmiT9's reviews »

You are Meat Boy, a boy with no skin that leaves a trail of blood everywhere he goes. His girlfriend is Bandage Girl, who gets kidnapped by Dr. Fetus, a fetus in a robot with a suit, top hat and monocle. Your goal is to save your girlfriend while avoiding deadly sawblades and monsters.

There are around 150 levels, each of which also have unlockable harder versions. Besides that there is also a bonus world, making the amount of levels more than 300. The game also gets updated constantly with user-made levels. The main game starts off hard and gets even harder as you progress. When you die, you'll have to start the level over. This never feels too punishing though, because each level is usually 10 to 30 seconds long. It also never feels like it's the game's fault that you die because of how well designed the levels are. The controls feel perfect, however, it is highly recommended that you use an Xbox 360 controller to play the game. There is even a message saying you should use one instead of a keyboard when you start it.

Super Meat Boy is well worth the price and one of the best Indie games out there. Buy it.

75

Old School Frustrating Fun

Min0rThreat | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all Min0rThreat's reviews »

Are you tired of next-gen autosave-instant-health-regen games, this will take you back. A straight up simple platformer. Alright, scratch the simple, this game will frustrate you time after time and yet, you'll always come back for more. The controls are solid and simple, the levels however, start off very simple, and quickly, death will be very very common. What makes this so great is that, its not hard because of controls, you'll never die thinking "that was unfair", there's only you and your reflexes that can take the blame. This is what keeps bringing you back. Its always one simple mistake you made, you wont do it the next time. And then half an hour later, you completed the level. Despite the successful run only being 10 seconds long. The art style is nice and simple, your meat-like character (hence the name super meat boy) drips of blood when you move with the appropriate sound effects. This is definitely not a game for everyone, but if your up for some old school challenge, give it a shot. Its not really my thing, but even so I cant say this is a bad game. If you are still uncertain, you can check out the flash game entitled "Meat Boy" for a taste of what to expect.

95

More fun than a barrel of monkeys, where the monkeys are made of

jojot | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all jojot's reviews »

There isn't much to say about Super Meat Boy, one has to play it to truly appreciate how much of a masterpiece of game design it is. The art design is cute and endearing, the music is top notch and great to listen to and the controls are so tight they would suffocate you if you accidentally got your head stuck inside them. The controls are so good that when something goes wrong in that game you know it was entirely your fault. Theres no blaming the controls lagging our or not doing what you told them. You failed because you held that button for 10ms too long, or pressed jump 3ms too late and you know it. For that reason I seriously recommend using a controller with a good d-pad. It might hurt your fingers, but the optimal precision is worth it. The difficulty curve is also pretty much perfect. It starts off introducing a few movement techniques like jumping and wall jumping and being so easy you are almost wondering what all the fuss is about, but it slowly and gradually gets harder and harder untill you are curled up in the corner weeping softly and telling it you're sorry and you'll never doubt it again. The transition between these two states is so gradual though you don't even notice it happening untill it's too late, but by that stage you are pretty much at the end of the game.

The game also has a great sense of humor and it comes through in the cutscenes, but the final world, Cotton Alley really hammers this home. Normally you play as Meat Boy, trying to rescue your girlfreind Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus, only to have here stolen from your clutches again at the very last second. In Cotton Alley though, the roles are reversed and Bandage Girl has to rescue Meat Boy. Sticking with this theme, everything is pink and flowery and the music is light and upbeat. Everything is so happy, it's like it's mocking you as it's ridiculously hard levels crush you mercilessly into the ground over and over again. Despite the constant failure and frustration you experience towards the end of the game however, it never stops being fun. You always want another try, and you always get that tiny bit further as you commit every movement to muscle memory and learn the patterns. It's a blast to play and it never gets old, even going back to beat your par times on each level is fun.

The many retro throwbacks are also nice too see. There are numerous references to old classics like Street Fighter and Castlevania in the intro videos to each world as well as multiple warp zones that take Meat Boy to an alternate 4-16 bit world, complete with matching graphics and music. Tis truly a thing of beauty.

88

Brutal Fun

GudomligaSven | Sept. 2, 2011 | See all GudomligaSven's reviews »

Remember the old times where games were actually hard? Super Meat Boy hopes to take you back to that age, and boy, do it suceed. You control the little meat chunk with the same name as the gam, on his quest to save his girlfriend, Bandage Girl (what an odd couple) from Dr. Fetus. This leads you through different worlds, such as a ordinary forest to a pretty insane "hospital". It's also worth noting that each of these world has a harder "dark" version of each level aswell. Super Meat Boy is hard. Really hard. The first world had me chewing through my own arm before I was ready to move on, mostly because of the harsh boss fights, that could have been done better. This game is really fun, and is worth the money by far, especially if you like a challange and/or old school platformers.

77

Super Frustrating, Incredibly Satisfying

Mondu | Sept. 1, 2011 | See all Mondu's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is one of those indie gems which appear every now and then. I like to think this game is a tribute to the old school platformers where skill will ultimately see you through to the end - no handholding in this game.

With over 100 levels the game gives you a handful of quick, simple levels to allow you to get a basic grasp of how the game works, then drops you in at the deep end and waits for you at the finish. You will be completing this game alone, nothing and noone will help you.

Each level is neatly made and has nice scenery with various landscapes and the majority will leave you grinding your teeth and pulling out your hair. Saying this game is challenging is an understatement. Be prepared to die. A lot. Be prepared to start levels over and over due to stupid mistakes. When you do completely a hard level, after what could be hours of trying, the satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment you get will be tremendous. All the feelings on rage and frustration will be gone as you bask in the happiness you previously thought you would never feel.

If you want a challenge or wish to play a game which will give you overwhelming feelings of frustration and satisfaction, this is the game for you. Oh, and buy a gamepad. Trust me.

90

Somebody steal SMB's Girl? STOP THEM! Great indie game!!!

mevidek | Aug. 31, 2011 | See all mevidek's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a linear, indie, action/platform game that gives one unlimited lives, and puts them in the bloody quest for vengeance and salvation Super Meat Boy's Girlfriend. SMB is an entertaining, well-made, platformer that raises the bar for not only Indie games, but all games in the industry. Super Meat Boy is intensely satisfying. It's gory. You're a block of meat. Raw meat. And this evil guy stole your girl. What do you do? YOU GET REVENGE!!! Super-mario style graphics may not be top-notch in the present day, but it looks darn-fine. Easy controls and an addictive story makes you keep on coming back for more. YOU NEED TO GET THIS!!!

95

Pure

insaniak | Aug. 31, 2011 | See all insaniak's reviews »

This is a platformer plain and simple. The object of the game is to save your girlfriend from a fetus that has it in for you. You must complete mindbogglingly difficult levels, and if you can handle that theirs dark-world levels (more difficult versions of levels that you've already survived) and warp levels that enable you to unlock new characters. The controls are tight and failure isn't that big of a setback since most levels take less than 15 seconds to complete.

75

Super hard but ultimately satisfying

rasitha_raw | Aug. 27, 2011 | See all rasitha_raw's reviews »

SMB is one of the most difficult games i have played. The side scrolling platformer has the simple game mechanic of jumping to avoid obstacles and a very few control buttons.(run and jump) But dont let that fool you,its a very complicated and varied game. All the new levels have a uniqueness to them and youll never feel like you are repeating the same task. Between the 100s of unlocks and multitudes of different obstacles which require different strategies, youll always have a challenge on your hands.

The only downside to the game is that its extremely difficult at times and you get really frustrated. But once you pass the level, it makes it so much more rewarding. But you may want to do some research into this game before you buy it, because for some, at times it can be too frustrating.

85

Brilliantly frustrating platformer that keeps you learning

Bluer | Aug. 26, 2011 | See all Bluer's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a hit, and for good reason.

Aesthetically, it is brilliant. The backgrounds are great quality and the animations are perfect. They really give you the impressive that you are bloody meat and the animations on the other characters all seem to fit. The graphics are very clean and suit the game; I can't imagine it looking right any differently. The controls are responsive and bound well; any problems you will have playing it will be of your own fault, more than likely. The levels are challenging and require a lot of learning, which keep getting harder and harder. As frustrating as it can be it is still quite a casual game to just jump into whenever to have a crack at a level or 2, but you may find you spend longer playing it than you thought as you become determined to complete a level you keep failing on.

90

Fun, challenging, and lengthy.

Xonus | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all Xonus's reviews »

This game is incredibly good for a sidescrolling platformer, including various characters that play differently (sometimes needed for completing levels or challenges), tons of different levels with various obstacles, and different gameplay mechanics. The game gets really challenging at certain points, but to me that's a positive point.

The game has decent visuals although I don't especially feel one way or the other about them, and the blood splattering on walls from meat boy is really amusing at first. The game also has some great music, and the changing soundtrack between light world\dark world is pretty awesome.

Overall an incredibly fun game.

92

You don't curse while playing? SMB is here for you.

soad667 | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all soad667's reviews »

A great hardcore platformer, easy to get addicted, impossible to get away without dying a few times (more like thousands). Clearly way too much love was put into this game, simple yet addictive gameplay, awesome oldschool soundtrack, more famous indie characters than you can handle in once (playable, each one with its abilities), editor with hundreds of custom levels already available, leaderboards (hackers will never get bored of abusing them). If you're into hardcore platformers, you already got it but you don't know it yet. If you're more casual, proceed with caution. Still you will find things to love, but getting deeper into the game will make you hate with passion the fact that it's too late to avoid getting addicted.

80

Masochists best flavor

pudge195 | Aug. 23, 2011 | See all pudge195's reviews »

A masochistic friend made me buy this, with keyboard on desk i did my first jumps, and then i jumped more and more, and died, and died many many times more later, i kept playing till i died 20000 times in a level, then i uninstaled it from rage, if you are masochistic then this is your new razor, if you're a platform fan, buy this. Its hard to describe so watch a gameplay video of it or something ,but you will probably die while watching.

92

The good kind of frustrating game

dlguiga | Aug. 20, 2011 | See all dlguiga's reviews »

If you have ever played I Wanna Be The Guy, you WILL want to play this game (in fact, The Guy is a playable character!). Like IWBTG, Super Meat Boy is a 2d platformer that is guaranteed to make you mad. It doesn't mean that the game is bad, though. On the contrary, it's incredibly fun, the soundtrack is awesome, the gameplay is just amazing and your movement flows very nicely, and there are just so many stages to play! More than 340, actually. You can also play user-created levels, which manage to be even harder than the game.

SMB is, in my opinion, the best game of 2010 and by far the best indie game I've ever played. Don't miss out on it!

73

Super Meat Bust?

trinest | Aug. 18, 2011 | See all trinest's reviews »

For me, Super Meat Boy hits all the marks of a great platformer, bar one which will make you insane and through fists through the computer screen. That is the games roofless difficult design. It might be good for some players, but for others who find challenge a little to confusing at times, will be turned off the game completely. However don't leave too soon, with the games 2D levels and imaginative graphic design will keep you just pushing for "one more level".

95

Best Indie Game. Period

faraany3k | Aug. 17, 2011 | See all faraany3k's reviews »

Most of you have heard that Limbo and Braid are great platformers this gen. Although I do admit they are amazing games, but they are mostly about carefully crafted atmospheric experience rather then good old platforming fun. While these games are mostly focused on puzzle solving and collecting jigsaw pieces, Super Meat boy offers something completely different. It is fast and brutal. You are Super meat boy who is to save here bandage girl from an evil villain. Gameplay is based on retro platforming and is true to its roots. You have to jump, dodge and leap over huge distances,endless pits, moving chainsaw cutters, missiles and several other hurdles. Game is as tough as it gets. But it never feels unfair. As you start adapting to the difficulty game increases its difficulty even further with more challenging platforming. Result is a satisfying and ever increasing challenge. Game offers more then 300 levels. Mostly will take hundreds of attempts until you perfect every jump. One mistake and you will have to start over. Game also features built in leaderboards so you can compare your times with the community. Art style is stylized retro and music is fast and soothing reminiscent of old game-boy games. Controls are tight and responsive but you actually need a controller to have maximum fun though Keyboard feels right aswell In my humble view, best Indie game by far, when it comes to pure platforming fun.

80

Challenging

giantenemycat | Aug. 16, 2011 | See all giantenemycat's reviews »

Fun, but hard. It has that addictive quality that forces you to carry on playing. "I'll just finish this level and stop playing", you think...but then you're still playing 30 minutes later telling yourself the same thing. This'll be a nice time consumer when I bring my netbook to college.

90

This game makes me hungry

dr_house95 | Aug. 13, 2011 | See all dr_house95's reviews »

The game is a platform, such as Mario Bros, but with many more things like millions of levels (some very hard to complete), characters (we have Super Meat Boy, but we can change for very original characters such as Half Life Headcrab ) gameplay in which bounce off the walls, fighting against bosses, ect. It also comes with an excellent music and the possibility of playing a jostick. What more do you want?

95

Polished game to the end

defic | Aug. 13, 2011 | See all defic's reviews »

This is one of the hardest games I have played. And because of that, it is most rewarding as well. First world just introduces the gameplay to you, but when you get to see the second world you realize that the levels are just getting more difficult. And more rewarding of course.

Sometimes it takes over an hour just to complete one level and oh boys you will feel yourself frustrated, angry, stupid to even try that level and so on. But finishing that level reliefes you and makes you happy. And you continue to the next level.

The graphics are very retro and funny. The soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks in games and you might just find yourself listening to the music even when not playing the game. The gameplay is very polished and simple: levels are short, mostly under 1minute or 30 seconds, but they take many tries but failing doesnt stop you trying since it takes so little time. game mechanics is easy to learn but hard to master. Controls are easy and I think that there is only 4 buttons. And I too recommend xbox360 pad and couch to sit on. The length of the game: I have played it 26 hours (according to steam) and I have finished most light world levels with A+ and bandages. Dark world is almost untouched, so there is plenty of playing still left. Also they released level editor so you can do your own levels.

You would think that I would give 100 points, well your wrong. I'm not going to give 100 points to a game which makes me angry, frustrated, mad, basket case...

97

One of the most satisfying experiances in gaming.

Rzepak01 | Aug. 11, 2011 | See all Rzepak01's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a must for any fan of old school platforming and Megaman levels of frustration. This indie game is massive. Hundreds of levels, frustratingly hard boss fights, achivements, a wonderfull retro style and music. The story may not be deep, but its humorous. This is the defenition of a love it or hate it game. If you can handle the steep learning curve and the trial and error gameplay this will be an experiance you wont soon forget. As the difficulty ramps up mastering a level will feel like a true achievement a feeling that most games out there cant even come close to emulating. Pure old school perfection.

70

Rage quit!

ktbtren | Aug. 6, 2011 | See all ktbtren's reviews »

The classic platformer is back! And it’s here to induce rage! Super meat boy not only takes its core gameplay from the classic games it also does a homage to the esthetics of old games visual, some of the levels are made in retro style of gameboy and 8bit era others are a bit more current but it’s all in 2D. The gameplay is simple, time your jumps! But it’s far from easy even far from hard, it’s rage inducing! So unless you’re a hardcore gamer who craves nostalgic punishment this game is probably going to be left unfinished.

75

Insane fun but insane difficulty

SaadKhawaja | Aug. 3, 2011 | See all SaadKhawaja's reviews »

Game is absolute fun to play through and trial and error works because the controls are extremely tight with both gamepad and keyboard and mouse. What does annoy me is that after a few levels (like 20 or so) difficulty ramps up to an insane level with trial and error becoming the norm. I don't mind it too much because restarts are instantaneous but sometimes it gets extremely frustrating to progress. Requires solid time commitment to finish and I have yet not reached that far. I give it a 7.5/10

86

Super challenging platformer

tangoak | Aug. 2, 2011 | See all tangoak's reviews »

This game is a very well done platformer with high challenge level. Levels require very precise timing and it takes try after try to pass them. But it is not frustrating because it is so convenient to try again. Music rocks and plenty of collectibles keep you playing this game again and again. There is also level editor and levels can be shared so there will be no end to playing. There are also multiple unlockable characters which have different abilities.

95

Great platformer

midfield99 | July 31, 2011 | See all midfield99's reviews »

I'd say this is one of my favorite platformers. The first thing that you will notice is that it is difficult. Expect to die hundreds of times. Surprisingly the game is still satisfying. Most levels only take a minute or so to complete, so there is little to no cost to dying and restarting a level. And the controls are really responsive, though I would recommend using an x-box 360 controller to play, so all mistakes are at the user end.

Also, the replay value is very high. There are bandages to unlock in most levels. These collectables unlock extra characters which have special abilities. And there are a ton of extra and hidden levels. So I'd definitely recommend this game.

87

Love and hate this game.

petewow | July 28, 2011 | See all petewow's reviews »

It's very addictive 2D-platformer. "Easy" to learn but hard to master. Controls are very accurate and fast when using Xbox360 controller. Also, I love the graphic look they've made in this game.

I completed two worlds when I had PC. Now I'm on Mac OS X, but luckily developers have promised support for Macs too. I would not advice buying this game if you don't have nerves to play same level over and over again. Satisfying and frustrating game at the same time.

90

An Amazingly Addictive Platformer

spinnerw3 | July 27, 2011 | See all spinnerw3's reviews »

This is one of the most frustrating platformer I have ever played but also one of the most rewarding, It is extremely fulfilling to complete each one of super meat boys level.The only flaw with this game that I could think of was the controls. I was playing on the keyboard which needed sometime to get use to but once you do you are in for an addictive a ride. Super meat boy offers loads of content including over 100+ levels plus hidden levels and unlockables which will keep you busy for days. For 10 dollars you really cant got wrong with this addictive title.

79

Died. Again. Already 200 times?

YSEByy | July 26, 2011 | See all YSEByy's reviews »

A very intresting and a good platform game. For players that like fast- paced gameplay will really enjoy this game. It has a huge content so you will not get bored. A big character selection to play stages faster and get more bonuses. The price of the game is very fair, and it isn't big in size, but it takes alot of time to play it, and bosses are hard and fun to play. The music itself is very intresting too, every world has its own theme what makes the game original. And it can be played with a controller or keyboard. Still a fantastic game

70

Entertaining Game, nothing more.

IganX | July 22, 2011 | See all IganX's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is a great platform game compared to what we are getting now, but that doesn't mean its awesome. Its controls, graphics and storyline are fine, its difficulty is high, and has some cool features like the level editor. Overall if you like platform games this one is OK, but dont expect nothing more than a simple and linear game.

94

Great Platformer, Difficult but Rewarding

Cactusgod | July 18, 2011 | See all Cactusgod's reviews »

This is definitely one of the best 2d platformers to have come out in the past few years. The gameplay is extremely challenging, so much so that it harkens me back to my NES days where games punished you and did not hold your hand.

You play as Meat Boy, who is exactly what it sounds like...a little boy made of meat. There are various characters you unlock along the way that you can also use at all times. In order to get 100% completion, you will have to beat what amounts to a "best time" in order to get the best rating for the level. There are also dark alternative to every level, which increases the difficulty of the levels and there are hundreds of levels. Definitely worth the purchase.

95

OMG!1!!1!1

Kherlon | July 6, 2011 | See all Kherlon's reviews »

I think it's the best platformer game I've ever played. Ok it's hard, but satisfaction from finished level is so great. Control is very simply but the challenge which put us creators can be frustrating for some people.

If you don't like when your character die a lot of times don't buy this game. You won't like it.

95

Awesome Platformer

yuigita | July 3, 2011 | See all yuigita's reviews »

If you're into unforgiving yet rewarding platformers, then this is the game for you.

You play as meatboy or one of many unlockable characters, and go on a quest to rescue your girlfriend. Overcome several difficult obstacles that are there only to kill you. Every level is possible, but requires huge amounts of patience.

This game has very fluent controls so the only one to blame for not beating a level is yourself.

In conclusion, great game for it's price.

65

Extremely hard and frustating

t20k | July 2, 2011 | See all t20k's reviews »

Is it good? Yes. Tons of levels, great level design, responsive controls. It's extremely frustrating though. It's even harder if you play on a keyboard. Some people have fun dying over and over again until they master the levels. If you're not one of these, avoid this.

33

Hyped

hotmando1 | June 28, 2011 | See all hotmando1's reviews »

THe game can be hard at times but is does not furfill me as a gamer. I feel the game is only popular because of the scandal generated in the veggie vs meat battle. Gameplay is sub par. You can find games like this anywhere. The only difference is the overly expensive price of fifteen dollars for a game of this level.

90

Good old fun, but not so old

Zniper | June 27, 2011 | See all Zniper's reviews »

Given the great old platformer games (games which any fan of the genre should have played), anyone can say that this game is a very tiny spot, unremarkable with the naked eye. At least at the first look. WRONG!

Super Meat Boy is a great indie game, with platformer influences, which combines brilliant gameplay mechanics with even greater level design. Although, from a certain point, this game will keep away most players due to its difficulty (which difficulty, gets even higher in The Dark World - a dark alternative to any level, unlockable of course), especially if you are playing with your keyboard. From my experience with this game, a gamepad can make miracles.

100

One of the best platformer of the last years

JackFive | June 27, 2011 | See all JackFive's reviews »

This game is so epic, that I bought it again to gift to my friend. Only one thing is necessary, patience. In fact you will die over and over in the same level, maybe for the same thing, or maybe for other causes, that the run before, you passed with no problem. So, you love this game, or you hate this game. The control are so simple, immediate and precise, that your fault will be only yours, and you will be angry only with you. With the last update, SMB became infinite. A lot of levels making by normal people will keep you for hours in front of the screen, to play SMB. If you love indie games, if you love games, you need to buy SMB.

90

Rage! Fun! Meat!

ER_nut | June 27, 2011 | See all ER_nut's reviews »

This is one of the most original and toughest indie games put out in recent years.

Super Meat Boy is a game in which you play as Meat Boy (and a whole host of other unlockable characters from various other indie games, and Half Life 2) in the rage filled quest to save your girlfriend bandage girl.

This game will be a challenge to anyone who plays it. I've never been able to complete the game and i've never been so angry at a game before, but the great gameplay and enough references to keep on seeing what's next. Super Meat Boy gets a big recommendation from me.

66

great game

Babelfish343 | June 27, 2011 | See all Babelfish343's reviews »

This game is a sort of one you could expect on a free flash site, except that it is much more polished. The gameplay mechanics are simple, but do the job. A major downside though is that this game......IS VERY HARD! It starts out ok, but unless you have alot of patience, i do not recommend this for you! You will die many many times trying to complete the challenging levels! Overall, great game and style, though a little too challenging for me!

90

Prepare to be challenged

GAMERamble | June 27, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

I knew going into this game that it would be a challenge and really thought I was prepared. Guess again, this game will drive you to the point where you want to tear your hair out but trust me you'll keep coming back for more. Don't get this if you are impatient or easily frustrated but otherwise prepare for the challenge of a lifetime.

60

Good but can get very hard

thomasgjj | June 25, 2011 | See all thomasgjj's reviews »

This game was fun for a while but after about 1 hours of dying over and over again on the same level it is hard to continue. I like to consider myself a good gamer but this game was HARD. There were some missions which were near to impossible and for a platformer with very little plot I found it too hard to drag myself through it.

I would suggest this game to die hard platoformers but not to anyone else.

92

sooo adddictive!

satyakun | June 22, 2011 | See all satyakun's reviews »

This game has it own unique feature. Normally when you character die, your mood is going down. Except for this, every death in game will make you hungry to keep playing. this game has very good attraction that keep me on playing. Seriously, try this one.

88

Hard, but fun.

iIDevvz | June 6, 2011 | See all iIDevvz's reviews »

Super Meat Boy is an awesome game, which story is about a meat, who's girl is captured. (Just like Mario). You need to save her, and rescue her. When you proceed, the levels are getting harder, and more frustating. When it's really frustating, you normally ragequit. With this game, you want to really get the level. There are alot of levels, and with the addon of custom levels, you can play endless! Its a very good game, buy it! (Not for children under 12, it's way too gore).

95

Sucker for punishment

emwearz | June 3, 2011 | See all emwearz's reviews »

This game will tear your soul straight from your body. At its core it is a simple platformer, with very simple game play mechanics, but what surfaces after you past the early levels is a game that requires complete and utter pattern recognition and perfect timing that would make even the longest serving video game veterans stutter and fall down crying in frustration.

With a whole basket of Easter eggs, including playable characters from many other games in the Indie scene, SMB is not for everyone, but for those people it is, it is perfection.

75

Hard As A Mothertrucker!

GMGReviewer | June 1, 2011 | See all GMGReviewer's reviews »

A keyboard/mouse is not recommended at all!

The game isn't fun, but it does have lovable characters and great old school 8-bit music/sound, but the problem is the gameplay isn't as satisfying as these reviewers make it out to be.

If you accomplished anything that is difficult of course its satisfying (stating the obvious). So with Super Meat Boy it's the same thing, but without the happy ending of an award.

Super Meat Boy test your patience, temper and also your platforming skills, and that's where it gets it props. Platforming is all about timing and controls and Super Meat Boy does it the best and that's all it does good.

A video game shouldn't make the player angry, it should be enjoyable!

95

Amazing stuff!

Aladar | May 25, 2011 | See all Aladar's reviews »

I gotta admit, I am not usually a fan of indie games - but in the case of Super Meat Boy, I am definitely more than ready to back off with that statment!

With great gameplay designed to bring the best from 8 and 16bit platforming era, the only comparison that comes to mind is "very challenging and really morbid kid of Mario and Sonic" - the game is addictive, fast, and HARD, with great (albeit a little twisted) sense of humor and constant nods and references to 8bit classics. And as if that wouldn't be enough to make a great game, you get unlockable bonus worlds, new characters to play with, amazing soundtrack and even more replayability in form of harder campaign once you finish the main game.. AND a replay feature where you can watch hundreds of Meat Boys die :)

94

Wow

nigel_t_e | May 19, 2011 | See all nigel_t_e's reviews »

I have spent many hours now on this game, and it is ridiculously good. It is hard, but the difficulty builds up well and the quick restart after dying keep you playing. There is so much care and imagination in the level design it is hard to believe.

The game is also huge - something like 200 levels in the normal game - and there is now also 'super meat world' containing new uploaded levels.

This is a truly classic game.

99

Humourous platformer not meant to be taken seriously

Ichiro | May 9, 2011 | See all Ichiro's reviews »

If you seriously think this is another Mario platformer, you're wrong.

Super Meat Boy is a completely different type of platformer. It starts off with a very bland story, then as you progress on, it get dark, REALLY dark.

At the later stages, it becomes so excrutiatingly difficult, that you end up playing the same stage over 200 times before you can get halfway.

The point of the game is not really to beat it. See, by the time you actually make it to the harder stages, the cheesiness of the game should've already made you cling onto it.

This game is NOT meant for kids. Seriously. It's way too violent. Don't let any of your children play it. Lots of blood and gore, and very dark atmospheres throughout.

Although all that I've said seems to make it sound bad, it's not. It's precisely because it's just this warped that everybody loves it, including I. The cheesiness of the game alongside its difficulty and unique gameplay really sets it aside from all other platformers.

Weird secret stages, interesting new characters, spoofs on lots of stuff people spoof on, you name it. This game's got everything you WOULDN'T expect in a platformer. Apart from running and jumping, that is.

88

Super Twitch boy

Crowface | April 21, 2011 | See all Crowface's reviews »

This is one of the most Antagonising games I have ever played. No other game has made me nearly as angry. and this is why it is brilliant. You can promise yourself you will never play it again,then 2 hours later you'll be back, glaring at the screen and slamming you fingers down on the space-bar, screaming "JUMP DAMMIT JUMP". The music is fantastic and the jokes are funny. This game also has the advantage of being very easy to fit in - you can play it as much or as little as you want, because the levels are so short, yet there are so many of them. A truly brilliant game.

95

Are you meaty enough?

Jahman | April 19, 2011 | See all Jahman's reviews »

This game will make you go insane, smash your keyboard (or controller) into little pieces and, the worst part, you’ll probably love it.

SMB is a very unique game that started as a little, Flash-based platformer and blossomed into a wholesome monstrosity you see before you. The graphics are quite simple but also offer a wide variety of themes and suit the gameplay perfectly and tend to be cute and gross at the same time. The story shows that the game does not really take itself very seriously but also does it in style and it will make you smirk at least once.

The most important thing however is this – THIS GAME IS INSANELY DIFFICULT. No, really. This is quite possibly one of the hardest, most unforgiving and frustrating games I have ever played. Every time you die you have to redo a lot of difficult platforming again. And again and again. Because you will die. A lot. The “problem” is the controls (and gameplay itself) are so fluid and the pure fun that the game provides is more than enough to make you want to try that level again, and again, and again until you (in a blaze of glory) finally get it and make that last, awful jump.

Oh, and for those that really have no idea what this game is all about, you’re a piece of meat that has to jump/stick/slide its way through each level without getting killed. Really, that’s it. The thing is that the level design is so devious that almost every jump you make has to be steered with great precision and at just the right moment to avoid quick and gory dismemberment (and the need to replay the section again). But because the simple running and jumping is really so much fun, SMB WILL keep you trying until you know the whole level by heart and finally make it (by mixture of skill and luck) to the end.

On top of that this version of SMB provides lots of cool boss fights, loads of unlockable content and many, many challenges (even the final level proves to be not-so-final after all as it unlocks yet another, even harder campaign – you’ve been warned!) that make it a truly wholesome meal for any gamer that can stomach the frustration that comes before finally honing his or her skills to beat the entire game. Oh, and really, do keep that backup keyboard or controller at hand. You’ll need it after you smash the first one.