After watching Indie Game: The Movie I decided to try Super Meat Boy. From what I saw in the movie, it looked awesome. I know I am behind on giving this game a shot, but I am glad I tried it out as it is a really unique modern experience.

First off the game really feels like Super Mario Brothers. Well, that's not entirely true, it feels like a more... stripped down Mario Brothers. Something more... focused perhaps. Think Mario, with just platforming. It is also quite challenging but that didn't hit me in the feels, I like how hard it is.

The premise is you are Meat Boy and Dr. Fetus keeps capturing your girlfriend Bandage Girl. In every level you make it to her and that dastardly Fetus snatches her away for you to find again in the next level. Each World has a fun cut scene intro and each world end boss fight comes with a cut scene as well.

I enjoy the games humor and unabashed grotesquery. I mean the main character is meat and he bleeds... everywhere. I came at this game from having played The Binding of Isaac first so I was used to Edmund McMillan's unique art style and Meat Boy delivers.

The game is fairly pick-up and play as I beat the first world in under 20 minutes and hit a wall of difficulty with World 2. Now I can make my way through about 2 - 3 levels in a 30 minute sitting and enjoy that process. Unlike other games that are very hard I find Meat Boy's difficulty to be loads of fun. Death doesn't really penalize you like in the Binding of Isaac and starting again is simple, fast and fun.

If you have Super Meat Boy and haven't tried it, do so. Oh and I recommend playing it with a controller too, it just right playing it that way. Just like platforming was intended.

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AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 10/11/2012 at 01:21am

Wow man, that game looks super hard!

Tungsten wrote on 10/11/2012 at 01:33am

I need a controller. It is impossible with the keyboard.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/11/2012 at 03:39am

I have a few USB controllers and they are really nice for some games. In fact, Amazon has some very cheap old school NES or SNES controllers as well:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=usb+controller

I played a few games with controller recently, Super Meat Boy, Cave Story & Sleeping Dogs.

Talky wrote on 10/17/2012 at 04:42am

I can't help but wonder where people come up with these names.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 10/17/2012 at 04:44am

Super Meat Boy because he is made of meat and... Super. Sleeping Dogs I think... Someone help me if I eat this wrong, but I think it's a take on the old "let sleeping dogs lye" adage.

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