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Keyboard Smashing Fun
Super Meat Boy (PC)
Member Name: JasonReview
Super Meat Boy (PC)
Advantages: Completely unique gameplay. Fantastic art style. The best sountrack in gaming for years.
Disadvantages: Requires quite high system specs for what it is.
When I returned to my desktop computer and began to install it, I was overcome with nervousness, hoping that it would be everything it stated on the box but in the majority of cases this was not true. The installation process was quick and easy as the game is only 238 Megabytes. I ran in to a few problems where the game did not launch after a few play sessions unless I repeatedly spammed my left mouse button on the launcher but this problem ironed itself out over a short period time.
When launching the game, it was apparent that the development team (Team Meat) had quite the sense of humour, presenting me with a variety of slogans, stating that the gameplay experience would greatly benefit from the use of a controller. To my relief, the keyboard controls were equally excellent to control Meatboy and no corners had been cut in the PC release. You wouldn't expect much of a story from a Retro 2D plat former but on launch; it shows you a little monotone backstory without a variety of humorous elements. In the style of old black and white cinema, it explains how Meatboy loves his girlfriend Bandage girl, why Dr Foetus is depressed and how Bandage girl is then kidnapped. With some very interesting but quite beautiful background music, this little story comes together perfectly.
Once you arrive on the main menu, you will have your first taste of the legendary soundtrack produced by Danny Baronowsky. The soundtrack alone is worth the £15 price tag, not even getting in to the gameplay. Once you start a new game, you will see your happy little Meatboy standing on a slightly ticked off forest (you'll understand when you see it) with a few innocent looking saw blades in the background. Upon starting the level, you will be eased in to the world of Super Meatboy but things do soon escalate. Before long you will be dodging saw blades while racing against the clock, bandage girl always in arms reach before being grabbed away by the despicable Dr Foetus. You will travel in pursuit over five separate chapters in very unique settings, including; a psychotic hospital, a factory, the depths of hell and the rapture. Each one getting tougher and tougher, forcing you to push your little Meatboy to the limits.
You will die many times during your stay on Meatworld and a very handy replay feature will combine every effort in to one when you finally complete a level. This will force you to watch every mistake you made over the course of the level, ending with either a disappointing sign or a triumphant cheer, depending on your performance.
Overall, Super Meatboy is definitely in my top 5 games of the century due to the perfect engine in place for platforming, ensuring that every death is entirely your fault and can be avoided with fast enough reactions and additional practise, the fantastic soundtrack specifically designed for the different paces of each level, the wonderful unique art style and finally the length. Depending on your skill level, it could be anywhere between a very short game to an endless pit of frustration, testing you at every turn. Due to the nature of the game and the shear mass of collectables, it has more replay value than any game I could possibly think of.
I only have one problem which is not related to the quality of gameplay, music or anything for that matter. It is just the fact that the system requirements are extremely high for a game created and developed in Flash. On a mid-tier laptop, you may encounter extreme key lag and the possibility of Meatboy clipping through walls but apart from that, I cannot think of any possible flaws apart from the keyboard I broke in the process of playing at four in the morning. Remember to Stock up on extra keyboards!
I would recommend this game to anyone even slightly interested in computer gaming, even if just to see their faces light up red after the impending frustration. At the very least, the soundtrack will draw in quite a few music lovers and maybe even convert a few in to gamers.
Super Meatboy is a unique and exciting platformer, leaving you on the edge of your seat due to the tension built up over the first few minutes of gameplay.
I would rate this game a perfect 5/5. If only ratings could go higher...
Summary: The soundtrack willl draw you in while the gameplay leaves you screaming for more.