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Super Meat Boy (2010) is a running and jumping game where you complete tough platforming challenges to rescue your girlfriend. You play a small pixilated cube of meat and use your momentum to jump over sawblades, traverse deadly pits, and reach the goal. It's intentionally extremely hard, but it's precisely this difficulty that makes success so rewarding and made it one of the most talked-about platforming games for over a decade.

You play a small red cube of meat as you make your way through over 300 levels in an attempt to save your girlfriend from the clutches of the evil Dr. Fetus. There are 310 levels available, split into different worlds, and in each one, you must use jumps and wall jumps to reach the goal safely.

You move extremely quickly and slide along the ground, and must use your momentum to make seemingly impossible manoeuvres. It's very difficult, with your momentum hurting you as often as helping you, and levels often require almost perfect memorisation and execution to beat. While this can (and often does) get frustrating, experimenting with different routes and jump timings until you finally succeed at a level makes it all worth it and makes the reward that much more exhilarating.

The result is a game that derives its fun from overcoming the immense challenge posed in each level. Looking back at the start of the game after you've got to grips with the controls and beaten many levels, you can see just how far you've come, adding to the sense of accomplishment.

A sequel, Super Meat Boy Forever, was released for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and mobile devices in 2020. It features the same difficulty, but sports randomly generated levels and a simplified control scheme, where you automatically move and only control jumping.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Super Meat Boy 3 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play split-screen local multiplayer with one other person, racing through the stages to see who can get to the end first.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 19 hours to complete. As the game is so dependent on skill, the time to beat varies hugely from player to player. You can expect to spend several hours mastering the controls, and will likely die hundreds or thousands of times.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Moderate Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The game is extremely difficult and requires extraordinarily precise inputs and reactions. Dying repeatedly while you learn each level anew can get very frustrating, and it's important players are able to deal with this.

CostsCosts

Super Meat Boy usually costs £0.99 to £12.99.
 

Super Meat Boy

XBox Store Xbox One £9.99
Switch Store Switch £11.99
Switch Store Switch £11.99
Steam Store PC £10.99
Steam Store Mac £10.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £12.99
Android Store Android £10.99

Super Meat Boy Forever

App Store iOS £0.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
On Steam, you can buy an additional Race Mode, which lets you race against friends competitively in split-screen local multiplayer. This is included for free on other versions. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/10/2010, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Platform and Traversal

Accessibility: 18 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Super Meat Boy (@SuperMeatBoy)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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