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Super Meat Boy (PC)
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Super Meat Boy (PC)
Advantages: Fun style, Great gameplay, excellent replay value
Disadvantages: Game can be extremely frustrating
Modern video games are determined to help you out wherever possible. Constant checkpoints, a slow difficulty curve and even opportunities to skip more difficult parts of a level. Modern video games also try their best to make it feel like you are playing a film, with big, highly detailed surroundings. Super Meat Boy proves that you don't need either of those things to make a fantastic game.
Super Meat Boy has a very simple, cartoon design that works very well. The main character, who is essentially a meat blob that splashes blood everywhere he lands, would not work if the game was designed to try and look highly detailed. The world as well isn't highly detailed, but takes nothing away from the experience.
The game itself will make you want to rip your hair out with frustration at points, but is a very simple premise. Your character, Meat Boy, must save his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus. You must navigate Meat Boy across levels, very often filled with various death-traps, to reach Bandage Girl, only to see Dr. Fetus steal her away again, forcing you to play the next level to try and save her again. Every time that you die in a level you will taken back to the start of it, which can be extremely frustrating if you are just about to reach the end of the level, but it also feels very rewarding to complete a level after dying several times.
One great feature of the game is once you have completed a level. The game will show a replay of all of your attempts playing simultaneously. While this looks slightly boring if you completed a level first time, it is great fun to watch as 20 Meat Boy's make their way through a level and watching all the various ways that they died.
While £12 is definitely worth paying just for the story mode alone, there is also a level editor, basically allowing for almost an unlimited number of levels to play, giving the game great replay value.
Summary: An extremely frustrating, yet incredibly fun game