Developer: Team Meat
Publisher: Team Meat
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X, PC, Mobile
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 23/12/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
He is back! The most frustratingly addictive bit of meat every to grace our consoles or phone Super Meat Boy. In his lastest rage quitting insatallment Super Meat Boy Forever.
Super Meat Boy and Bandage Girl are living a quiet life years after the events of the first game. There has been no sign of Dr. Fetus in this time. The duo has a recent addition: Nugget, a wee baby bit of meat! One day Dr. Fetus sneaks up on the pair and knocks them out with a shovel, and steals Nugget (I guessing he was hungry but not too hungry?). When Super Meat Boy and Bandage Girl awake, they set off to get Nugget back and kick Dr Fetus’ arse.
The story is actually really bloody good with a good hour of cutscenes.
In terms of gameplay, Super Meat Boy Forever has made two meaty changes:
- Levels are now procedurally generated and not hand made bespoke levels. I had mixed feelings about this change. I know it gives more levels for players to play through and therefore longevity. It has a draw pretty big flaw; some level areas can be impossible due to how it was generated. However, it more crazy levles to die in.
- It feels form like and endless runner as it is now just two buttons, jump/punch and slide/dive. Making gameplay it’s self simple and hopefully appeal the more people. I no doubt feel this will make some Super Meat Boy fans unhappy.
Even with these simplified controls, the game is still excruciatingly hard to beat and will test nerves and timing to the limits. That’s before we get to a meat pounding bloody boss, then the game really gets messy. As you will die, a lot; seriously, I stopped counting after 65 times dying to one boss. With a game spanning 12 different worlds and almost unlimited combinations of games, then you got a lot of meat on this burger.
Super Meat Boy Forever is an excellent game there is no doubt but compared to its predecessor, its like choosing between a Ribeye steak or Flank Steak. The cuts are both nice, but you want the best cut. The changes made do not really hinder the game it opens the game up to more players while keeping the core difficulty.
I would not say no to buying this. If you not played Super Meat Boy then dive in, if you have be prepared to have a slightly worse cut.