Super Meat Boy - Nintendo Switch
Gameplay - 9.3
Graphics - 9
Handheld Mode - 9.2
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Super Meat Boy - Nintendo Switch
In 2010, indie games weren't nearly as prevalent as they are today in 2018. This game, along with a few others, helped to change that and bring indie games to the forefront. Super Meat Boy is one of the best indie games to come out of that "Pioneer Stage" and is what inspired me to become a developer myself.
For those unaware, Super Meat Boy is a 2D platformer with extremely responsive controls and huge level variety. You play as Meat Boy who is, as you can guess, made of meat. He has to save his girlfriend Bandage Girl from the villain, Dr. Fetus.
Finally, this game has come to Nintendo Switch and we can play this game on the go! I will be reviewing the Nintendo Switch version of the game, but you should pick it up on any console you have that can play it. (*Cough* *Cough* I totally recommend the Switch version though.)
As far as graphics and art go, Super Meat Boy has that flash style that made Newgrounds so iconic back in the day. I love this art style and it just really works for this style of game. If Adobe Flash left us with anything, it is an awesome art style.
All of the worlds all have a distinct feel, and make the game feel like a world you live in. Saws, Salt, and other hazards are only hazards because he is made of meat. The design of the game is brilliant and plays a lot into the games success and lasting appeal.
This game is a visual and game design treat. Anyone making a similar game should take notes!
Super Meat Boy at its core is a 2D platformer much like all of the classic games we love. Combine this with super tight controls, crazy levels, and one hit deaths - and you have a tough as nails game that leaves you with a genuine sense of satisfaction when you complete a level.
The game is broken into 5 worlds, and every one provides different challenges and variety to the gameplay. This isn't a game that provides Meat Boy with upgrades or power ups - The challenge and variety comes from the level design itself. This is my favorite kind of level design and when done right, it can make it a powerful experience.
New to the Switch Version!
The Switch version features a new 2P Race mode that I have wanted for years. It allows two players to race through a level to the end. This is something my brother and I did back when the game first released. We would race through a level and compare scores at the end. I am happy to see this as a new feature of the game.
My favorite part of this version is honestly the Switch console itself. Playing this game on the bus, at school, or at work is a great thing. The game performs just as well in handheld mode, and this is now my preferred way to play! It is a perfect fit for the Switch in all ways. I can't wait to break out the 2P mode at parties and with friends.
Overall, the Switch version of Super Meat Boy lives up to, and improves, the original in most every way. I would honestly say to purchase this version if you are on the go more than at home, if you haven't played it before, or if you just need something to play on your Switch! The game offers a lot of replay value and will hold you over until Super Meat Boy Forever. If you haven't played the game before, what's wrong with you? Play it!
This game was given to us, for review, from Team Meat.