Super Meat Boy
Review by NeonOctopus
"Super Meat Boy is a Well Done game that delivers a Rare taste of excellence!"
Super Meat Boy is a platformer game that was released on the PC and XBox 360. It is a very difficult game with razor sharp controls that will give you hours of entertainment.
The art style of the game is fantastic. The cutscenes are beautifully rendered and, though they use no words to convey their emotions, their actions and expressions do a wonderful job of telling the player what is happening in the scene. The graphics in the game are well done. Everything is clearly marked (platforms that crumble, dangerous hazards, etc. are instantly recognizable), and the characters look good. Even in the retro levels (8-bit, Gameboy, etc.), everything fits the part well. Everything is great in the graphics department.
The music in the game is wonderful. Even when you're dying on a level constantly, you'll never get tired of the music. Even the 8-bit and Gameboy renditions of the music are well done. There's a lot of variation in the music too. Sometimes it's happy-go-lucky, othertimes it's hard rock. The music adds a lot of variety to the game. The sound effects are on-par; everything sounds like it should. Overall the sound is very good.
As previously stated, this game is very hard. But it's also somewhat forgiving too. There will be levels that will take over 100 deaths before you complete them; this may sound like a lot and may sound tedious, but it's not. The game handles death very well. At death, you instantly start at the beginning of the level and can try again immediately. In addition to most levels being only 10-20 seconds long, this almost eliminates a lot of the frustration common in tough games. It feels like you can get back to your position very quickly and you don't have to trudge through a long level to try the same obstacle again. The game also has an unbelievable amount of charm to it. The characters are colorful, the numerous references to other games are fun to see, and the levels are creative. The control is very tight and sharp, putting you in full control of your character. One of the downsides is that you probably need to buy a controller to play this game sufficiently (which the game reminds you whenever you start it up). Another downside is that the game gets a little buggy sometimes. You may go through walls when using certain characters' abilities or sometimes the game might crash. This rarely happened to me, but it's annoying when it did. Overall, the game is very polished gameplaywise and is extremely fun to play.
This is probably the best aspect of the game. This game has A TON of extra content that will keep you coming back for more! There are the normal levels and the bosses, but if you get record times in those levels, you unlock harder versions of them and you can even fight an extra boss if you beat enough of the harder levels. There's also secret warp zones that send your character into a "retro" stage which has them completing levels in an 8-bit, 4-bit, or Gameboy environment. Some of these warp zones even have secret characters that you can unlock and use for other levels. Other secret characters are unlocked by finding a set amount a "bandages;" items hidden in levels that require extra skill to grab in the middle of your run through. And finally, after you beat the final boss, a whole secret world opens up with extra hard levels for an added challenge. The developers went all-out with extra content and it definitely shows. If you're ever stuck on one part of the game, you can always try your hand at a bunch of other things to blow off steam and practice your controls.
Super Meat Boy is an excellent game. It's a hard, but satisfying platformer with a ton of extra content to boot! You'll definitely have a blast whenever you play this game!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 01/03/11
Game Release: Super Meat Boy (US, 11/30/10)
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