Pubblicata: 21 gennaio
Super Meat Boy
is an over-the-top platformer with a dry wit that, despite its optimization issues along with its unforgiving difficulty which may serve to turn off casual fans, has stood as a landmark indie title that any fan of classic hardcore games must own.Super Meat Boy
stars the eponymous Meat Boy, as the player races through various terrains in order to rescue his beloved Bandage Girl from the clutches of the nefarious Dr. Fetus. As a platformer at its core, the game delivers spectacularly in providing strong fundamental mechanics. Meat Boy handles tightly and fluidly, leaving players with the knowledge that if they mess up, the blame lies on them. These responsive controls, mixed with fresh content (as each chapter provides unique boss battles and gameplay elements to surprise players) makes the game feel like new each time it’s played. Alongside Meat Boy, the game boasts a collection of additional characters to play as, each with its own unique characteristic. While these characters do serve as welcome cameos from various titles released around the time Super Meat Boy did, there are some characters that don’t feel balanced appropriately with others, leading to players that wish to complete the game only using Meat Boy and one or two others.
The game up to the final boss can be beaten by new, skilled players in around three hours, though the total replay value of the game far supercedes simply beating the final boss. Speedrunning each level is encouraged in order to earn an “A+” rank, which unlocks a remixed challenge version of the level in that chapter’s Dark World. These Dark World levels can also earn an A+ rank, further increasing game length. Optional levels like glitch levels and warp zones further bolster the game and incentivize exploration. However, the most significant addition to the game’s length is its difficulty. All players should expect to die thousands of times before completing the game; some of these deaths will feel undeserved and some will come after traversing lengthy stages. The final bonus chapter in the game especially contains some of the most cruel, punishing levels in videogame history. Despite the seemingly-unfair challenges that Super Meat Boy
provides, players will still feel motivated to win thanks to the brilliant level-clear screen, which shows every failed attempt the player made alongside the final success to finish it off; this addition helps players that may have spent hours struggling through a level feel vindicated for their efforts.
There are technical issues that plague certain parts of the game. While levels largely function properly, there are some instances which slowdown becomes a detrimental factor. One level in particular on the final chapter always slows down when the player reaches a certain difficult jump towards the bottom of the screen, adding unnecessary difficulty to an already-challenging level. Crashing also is an infrequent issue, though it occurs enough that the developers inserted a humorous message to play upon crash. These crashes seem to most frequently occur while the game boots up and while switching back to the game after switching away, though rarely it crashes during active play. With the frequent autosaves that the game provides losing level progress shouldn’t be a concern, but it is disappointing that the developers will not patch such blatant faults.
Some games are meant to make you happy; some are meant to make you hurt. This game falls into both of those categories. The charming story with its witty humor, the profoundly responsive controls and the grand feelings of progress and satisfaction throughout the game will leave players feeling joyful and accomplished. Meanwhile, the pure pain that the game’s difficulty causes alongside the multitude of completion goals and secret levels will leave players energized and motivated to come back for more. What this all adds up to is a tough platformer with heart that, though it is somewhat unpolished, should not be missed by any true fan of videogames. Super Meat Boy
gets a B+.