I remember seeing this game on steam and thinking how much fun it would be one day, and I’ll admit, it sat in my library for quite a while before i picked it up and decided to play it. I’ll admit, I have been away from platformers for quite some time, in fact, I tended to avoid them like the plague. There are varying levels of difficulty as far as platformers go, but I believe that Super Meat Boy (SMB) is in a pretty good place, somewhere in the middle of too easy and too hard. While Super Mario will always have a special place in my heart, I think SMB has found a special place in my stomach. This game is delicious, (ok, I promise to stop with the meat puns soon, just a couple more!) and entertaining.
I was able to play through the first 20ish levels with no problem. The third level actually had me a little confused because of the controls. I feel like there could have been a little more help on that stage, but over all, the difficulty ramped up gradually as opposed to spiking from moderate to impossible like other platformers tend to do. The game has nothing if not charm. (and female violence, whats up with that?) The characters are immediately lovable and the graphics are perfect for what the game is. A laid back, fun game that lets you run around and jump over saw blades as a giant meatball.
As I stated before, the first arc was very easy (for me at least, I’m sure others would disagree) and felt like it was getting me ready for what is to come later in the game. The best games teach you subconsciously what to do early on so that you can perform better in the later stages of the game. Super Meat Boy is no exception. One thing I would like to point out however is that the boss stage was more challenging than I expected it to be. I’m not sure if it was intended to be that difficult, and again, I’m not complaining, I actually enjoyed that it was fairly challenging, but I could see people who are not as experienced get stuck on it for a while. I want to say it took me about 20-30 minutes to get past that boss stage, so if you are a person who is easily frustrated in video games, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU!
I’m not gonna lie, I had a few obnoxious sighs and face palms when I would die repeatedly and accidentally because I failed to hold the space bar down long enough, but that is something that we can all get better at with practice. I think SMB renewed a long lost love that I had for the platformer genre and even though he is an Italian dish and not a plumber, I can foresee myself spending hours and hours on this game trying to beat it. I HIGHLY recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of platformers or meatballs.