Now that we finally have a sequel to the iconic super-difficult indie platformer, let's examine both and see which one's the meat to beat.
Of course, the big difference between Super Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy Forever is their gameplay. Whereas both feature tough-as-nails platforming, Super Meat Boy has you directly control the little squishy fellow while Super Meat Boy Forever has him automatically run and all you do is use 2 buttons to jump, punch, dive, and slide. Although I prefer the original's core gameplay as you're actually able to control Meat Boy, the amount of variety in its endless runner sequel's gameplay is surprisingly quite notable. As you progress through its grueling stages, you'll encounter a ton of hazards, mechanics, and enemy types that help mix up the gameplay beautifully.
With that being said, the fact that Meat Boy simply runs in Super Meat Boy Forever and you can't command him to change direction on the spot means that you'll regularly fail by complete accident which is frustrating stuff. However, failure in Super Meat Boy almost always feels like it's your fault and because of that, I find that its challenge is far more satisfying so Super Meat Boy wins better gameplay.
Besides gameplay, Super Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy Forever feature different visuals and other presentational qualities. For starters, Super Meat Boy boasts a somewhat pixelated world with plenty of jagged edges which creates a consistently charming atmosphere. On the other hand, Super Meat Boy Forever's in-game graphics are much more colourful, refined, and modernized and even though it may lack the original's charm, it feels like a much smoother experience. Finally, the cutscenes in both titles spoof scenes from classic games which is awesome and although Super Meat Boy nails the retro feel, the high quality animation in Super Meat Boy Forever makes them far more entertaining. In the end, I actually prefer Super Meat Boy Forever's visuals and cutscenes and its audio is more fulfilling, too.
Well, I definitely don't want to beat a dead meat so let's call this meaty matchup already! The winner is... without a doubt...
Winner Super Meat Boy
Super Meat Boy Forever tried something different and that's fantastic, especially considering the fact that it's fun, full of variety, and maintains the spirit of the original. With that being said, Super Meat Boy simply got everything right and it has held up beautifully as one of the most rewarding and challenging 2D platformers out there. Will we still be playing Super Meat Boy Forever a decade after it debuted? I'm not sure but I am still enjoying Super Meat Boy and probably will for many years to come.
That's just my opinion. Agree? Disagree? Vote now!