Super Meat Boy
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"This sublime platformer provides tons of challenge, precise controls, and incredible level design that will keep you glued to the screen." - GameSpot.com
"Super Meat Boy is one of the best modern platformers. It's infuriating, exasperating, and arduous, but it's also delightful, thrilling, and hilarious." - IGN.com
Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux.
Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves and pools of old needles. Sacrificing his own well being to save his damsel in distress. Super Meat Boy brings the old school difficulty of classic NES titles like Mega Man 2, Ghost and Goblins and Super Mario Bros. 2 (The Japanese one) and stream lines them down to the essential no BS straight forward twitch reflex platforming.
Ramping up in difficulty from hard to soul crushing SMB will drag Meat boy though haunted hospitals, salt factories and even hell itself. And if 300+ single player levels weren't enough SMB also throws in epic boss fights, a level editor and tons of unlock able secrets, warp zones and hidden characters.
- Story mode, featuring over 300 levels spanning 5+ chapters
- Play as a Head Crab! (Steam Exclusive)
- 33 legitimate Achievements
- Warp zones that will warp you into other games
- Over 16 unlockable able and playable characters from popular indie titles such as, Minecraft, Bit.Trip, VVVVVV and Machinarium
- Epic Boss fights
- Full Level Editor and Level Portal (January 2011)
- A story so moving you will cry yourself to sleep for the rest of your life
One of the greatest platformers ever madeale81drummer | 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?
An ode to old school gamingXentrig | 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.
You're in for a rough but satisfying experienceXiphora | 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.
Amazing gameInfiltrator | 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.
Hard, but still very fungonellasusana | 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.