Review: Dr. Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine

Welcome to our review of Dr. Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine, the new game from the Super Meat Boy game series where you get their take on the classic Dr. Mario. A very bloody take on the classic and boy, it is a tough one to rate.

Dr. Fetus` Mean Meat Machine provides the perfect combination of classic puzzle gameplay and hardcore platforming elements that Super Meat Boy is known for. Puzzle your way through beautiful hand-crafted worlds and more than 100 puzzle levels, filled with creative traps and hazards. At the end of each world, prepare for a gruesome boss fight that will provide the ultimate challenge.

Puzzle your way through familiar Super Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy Forever locations like the picturesque forest, the hospital, and salt factory in a fresh Puyo Puyo-inspired format. However, in Dr. Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine, matching at least 4 clones of the same kind and creating awesome combos isn’t enough – you’ll also have to avoid lethal hazards and traps, such as sawblades, rockets and pendulums. It’s a demented and hardcore spin on the classic puzzle formula you know and love!

Dr. Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine takes place right after the events of Super Meat Boy Forever. After meticulously analyzing Meat Boy all throughout Super Meat Boy Forever (did you notice the cameras in the levels???), the nefarious Dr. Fetus now has all the data he needs to create the perfect Meat Boy clone! There’s just one problem: The DNA sample he’s collected isn’t a perfect specimen, which in turn yields some…less than perfect clones…

 

 

But fear not, Dr. Fetus knows how to solve this problem. He creates a bunch of ruthless test chambers and starts sending all of the clones he’s created through them, in order to weed out the crap clones from the good ones. The specimens start out looking nothing like Meat Boy, but over time that grotesquely lovable face that Dr. Fetus hates so much, starts to emerge. Perfect clones are just on the horizon and after they’re done…who knows what happens next? Probably something to do joyously with torturing and killing lots of Meat Boys for the hell of it!

Enjoy dazzling backgrounds and animations from the original Super Meat Boy & Super Meat Boy Forever artists and listen to the wonderful soundtrack by RIDICULON, with unique remixed Super Meat Boy Forever tracks and new tunes.

This game really does a fun job at merging one of the biggest classics in the genre of puzzle games with one of the toughest nuts to crack, Meat Boy. Personally, I kind of despise games with such a high difficulty level, but I am a massive fan of Dr. Mario, this being one of the very first games I bought in my childhood with my own hard-earned cash. Till today, I still love this game and the amiibo still has a main position in my display case, all out of love for the game.

For those unaware, in Dr. Mario, you basically combined colors on a drop-down screen, and by placing the required color medication on top of a virus, you removed said virus, that is the short resume of the game, Dr. Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine in a way builds on that exact same principle, combine colors and survive, right?

Well, it would not be a Meat Boy variation without some blood or smut, enter the tons of weird obstacles there are in this game, from swinging blades to projectiles of all sorts, this game does everything possible to make your life as miserable as can be (yes, that is a good thing if you like the challenge behind it), Sadly it “rewards” every little mistake with a restart and while that is the appeal of the game in itself, I would love if the game actually kept the same vertical drop lines if you flipped your stuff by 90 degrees, they sometimes change positions, resulting in instant death.

More appeal? Maybe but in my humble opinion all just very annoying. The game itself is fun, it really is. The added challenges from the projectiles, the swinging blades, the often hard timing of things, … it is all very acceptable, but a programming “feature” like that, it just feels unjust and I would love for this issue to be removed, it is annoying as heck.

 

 

In conclusion, looking past the one annoyance, you do see a very fun and challenging game that is clearly intended more for fans of Meat Boy rather than Dr. Mario/puzzle fans. Watch the inserted videos to get a better feel for the game and maybe this will convince you to buy despite my dislike for the annoyances present.

6/10

Played on Nintendo Switch