If you wanted to play a great modern 2D Platformer, then Super Meat Boy is a recommended one. It’s setup is classic and recognizable, the hero Meat Boy must save Bandage Girl from Dr. Fetus. It may seem tired, which is the reason I wasn’t really interested in the game. But, the game play is amazing, super challenging to maneuver and causes a little stress sweating.
The game play is hard. There are only 3 controls and a million ways the developers can obstruct you. There are no checkpoints but you can retry a level as many times as you want, before you rage quit. It’s fun because you can finish a level and re watch your multiple (MULTIPLE) attempts and its fun because there is an element of gross-ness and you watch the blood pile up on the blades and spikes.
It’s definitely a dude-bro game. The cut scene animation is simple and dated and the premise is as well. The mechanics are great – Meat Boy is weighted well and the acceleration feels natural, adding to the addictive, adrenaline fueled nature of the game.
The game pays homage to cult icons of the 2D platformer genre, such as Donkey Kong (Weibe) and Street Fighter II. Despite having a basic story to follow and rudimentary animations, Super Meat Boy is super fun and super challenging. This puts it up with the classics it parodies and it earns the title. I didn’t find it interesting, but that is personal preference and after playing I understood why its a recommended game and would play again with a friend.
(ps. If you couldn’t tell, Meat Boy, Bandage girl and Dr. Fetus)