Universal acclaim - based on 51 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 51
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 51
  3. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Oct 28, 2010
    Super Meat Boy's difficulty will likely turn off some gamers. But if you like your 2D platformers challenging and rewarding then you'll be hard pressed to find a better game out there.
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is unlikely to touch the sales records of the powerhouse physical releases. However it may well find itself as a surprise entry to may game of the year lists. What it does, it does to absolute perfection. Super Meat Boy is a game made by sadists, for masochists.
  3. Oct 25, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is one of the best platformers ever made. Yet that statement underestimates the game's achievement, which transcends mundane considerations of genre.
  4. Oct 24, 2010
    There are but a few ways to play with food, which are so fun, that we'd gladly welcome some kind of extra meat-based dessert coming from Team Meat. Addictive, funny, perfectly balanced, Super Meat Boy is all the way up there standing side by side with a famous plumber, or a well-known hero with no arms nor legs, in the world of the platformers. A game we'd prompt you to enjoy with friends on your couch, potato chips on the table, and a couple of bottles to drink from, so they can laugh at your demise, or dare to pick up the controller for you to do the same. Meat's yummy!
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    So, yes, it can be frustrating, but getting past those roadblocks also leads to the game's most memorable moments. If you give it a chance I'm sure you'll feel the same.
  6. 100
    This may well be the best tenner you ever spend.
  7. Oct 20, 2010
    This game is most certainly not for everyone--if you can't handle extremely hard games, you're better off marveling at this spectacle from a distance--but those who can stomach the difficult and appreciate the bizarre will take every ounce of punishment Super Meat Boy dishes out and beg for more.
  8. Oct 20, 2010
    It's an absolute must-buy from Xbox Live Arcade and should be found on every hard drive of every Xbox in existence. While this all sounds like high praise, Super Meat Boy earns every word of it.
  9. Oct 26, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is without a doubt the new frontrunner for downloadable game of the year. From top to bottom, the game is a near-perfect experience. There's a great deal of challenge, but it never feels unbeatable.
  10. Oct 25, 2010
    If you've been looking for a good platformer that actually holds up and lasts for more than a few hours then this is the game for you.
  11. Oct 21, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is a strong contender for the best platformer this generation. While it does have some fairly difficult moments, all of them are a product of solid, legitimately challenging design.
  12. Oct 20, 2010
    This sublime platformer provides tons of challenge, precise controls, and incredible level design that will keep you glued to the screen.
  13. Oct 20, 2010
    First there was Donkey Kong, then came Mario, Mega Man, and Sonic. Now we have Meat Boy. The world's newest 2D platforming legend has arrived.
  14. Oct 20, 2010
    If precision perfect brick wall challenging platforming is your idea of a night well spent, or in simple N+ tickled your fancies, Super Meat Boy is sure to deliver and should be checked out right away.
  15. Oct 26, 2010
    It's not the first time that only two developers give life to one of the most enjoyable experiences of the year. Super Meat Boy is not only the greatest, complete and most polished indie game, but also one of the best platformer ever created. The controls are more than perfect, and everything feels incredibly natural. Of course, the high difficulty of the game will scare a lot of gamers, but the sense of satisfaction is incomparable. Moreover, Super Meat Boy is a wonderful tribute to all the indie developers and games, with its awesome cameos and inspired levels.
  16. Dec 17, 2010
    This is a finely tuned gaming experience that should be experienced by every modern gamer.
  17. Dec 16, 2010
    Super Meat Boy ScreenTight controls, a fantastic cartoon presentation, a huge amount of stuff to do, a difficulty so well-judged that it rarely feels unfair, and a speedy respawn that gives an intense one-more-go feel add up to make this an absolute must-have for anyone with a 360 who doesn't mind a challenge and who enjoys platform games.
  18. Oct 25, 2010
    We'll make no bones about it: Super Meat Boy is a masterful platformer packed with multitudes of cool stuff, and it will keep you playing well longer than its bargain price tag would suggest.
  19. 90
    XBLA's best pure-2D platformer to date.
  20. May 3, 2011
    Oldschool-Jump and Run at its finest!
  21. Games Master UK
    Feb 18, 2011
    A 'rare' treat. [Feb 2011, p.91]
  22. Jan 15, 2011
    Super Meat Boy has a great power: it consumes your social life until you reach the final level. And after you beat it, it's not over yet: there are also the dark levels. Without any doubt, the best indie-developed game of the year: probably, the most addictive and one of the best platformers of this generation.
  23. games(TM)
    Jan 11, 2011
    A near-constant flow of hardcore platforming, visual gags and references that span indie and retro gaming's rich histories makes Super Meat Boy a tireless entertainer. [Christmas 2010, p.119]
  24. Jan 5, 2011
    Super Meat Boy is a big, scary game but serves its challenges in sweet portions. The fact that you can die anywhere, anytime makes this a good challenge, but the balanced controls ensure there's no frustration involved.
  25. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Dec 25, 2010
    A near-perfect mixture of frustration and joy, covering similar millimetre-accurate ground to N+, it's not entirely without problems. [Issue#66, p.105]
  26. Dec 16, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is overflowing with content that no other release can match and I wouldn't be surprised at all if it brings home Game of the Year accolades from many publications.
  27. Oct 28, 2010
    This is a great platforming game which would have turned it the best in years, had it included a difficulty selector.
  28. Oct 25, 2010
    A superb platformer that makes us both cry and laugh with its ruthlessness.
  29. Oct 25, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is simply one of the best games of the year, and we are not only talking about downloadable stuff. A brilliant return to the old-school mechanics.
  30. Oct 22, 2010
    No doubt. Super Meat Boy is one of the best platformers to play.
  31. Oct 22, 2010
    Super Meat Boy taps into the exact kind of things I want from a video game - it's bold, challenging and, above all, rewarding. I can certainly understand how people might not be attracted to a game that takes a sadistic delight in coming up with inventive ways to frustrate players, but you'd be missing out if you let Super Meat Boy pass you by.
  32. Oct 21, 2010
    With Super Meat Boy's cornucopia of offerings and irresistible charm, you'd be hard-pressed not to get your money's worth out of this title.
  33. Oct 20, 2010
    So after this glowing review why isn't it a 10? Mainly because Super Meat Boy may turn off some players who aren't looking to be tested, even if I believe that the quality of the SMB earns it the right to be that difficult.
  34. Oct 20, 2010
    Super Meat Boy comes down to personal skill, which might be the only reason I didn't fling the controller through the window. In other words, if you fail, it's your fault. If the levels weren't well-designed, or if the controls were off even by the slightest bit, Super Meat Boy would be an entirely different experience. As it stands, it's one of the best platformers I've ever played.
  35. Oct 20, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is a fantastic addition to the XBLA library and one of the most addictive games I have played all year.
  36. Oct 20, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is one of the best modern platformers.
  37. Oct 20, 2010
    Super Meat Boy starts out as just another indie game that revels in driving you crazy, but you end up crazy in love.
  38. Oct 26, 2010
    If you can appreciate all the other elements that make up a great game like music, style, gameplay, etc. then there is no reason not to insist that you grab some points to pick up Super Meat Boy immediately.
  39. Jan 11, 2011
    An essential but highly addicting platformer, made for super hard-core gamers who want to push their abilities to the maximum.
  40. Dec 16, 2010
    You just need to have an open mind about what's fun, and odds are Super Meat Boy will have you liking it provided you have enough patience to let its design philosophy sink in.
  41. Oct 21, 2010
    If you can handle the difficulty and don't mind an exercise in frustration, this is one of the best platformers out there and an honorable ode to the glorious days of old-school. If you prefer a more easy going experience, you may want to pass on SMB and save yourself the rise in blood pressure.
  42. Oct 20, 2010
    It brings back fond memories of a genre that is going through a renaissance on the Xbox Live Arcade and indie scene with darlings such as Braid, 'Splosion Man, A Boy and His Blob, Limbo, LittleBigPlanet and many others. With that said, Super Meat Boy is among the best in the genre in recent memory.
  43. Oct 20, 2010
    While it may feel painful, grueling, and even outright sadistic at times, there's no denying the skill and craftsmanship that went into Super Meat Boy.
  44. Oct 20, 2010
    There's a lot of value packed in this little package. It will take you hours upon hours just to beat the light world, and likely dozens more to master the dark world.
  45. Oct 20, 2010
    At the end of the day, Super Meat boy does a fabulous job at what it's intended to do: pay homage to the classic NES platformers.
  46. Dec 16, 2010
    Addictive and annoying in equal spades, Super Meat Boy is one of the most vexing games of the year.
  47. Edge Magazine
    Dec 16, 2010
    The majority of SMB is a finely executed tightrope act of death and rebirth, as funny as it is fun and as precise as it is inventive. [Christmas 2010, p.103]
  48. Oct 22, 2010
    Quotation forthcoming.
  49. Oct 22, 2010
    Indie gaming at its retro-loving best, with some of the most cunningly-designed and purposefully infuriating 2D gameplay of the year.
  50. Oct 20, 2010
    Super Meat Boy is a thank-you card addressed to great game design. It recognizes and embraces everything we've come to love about the indie scene, even going so far as to include it – Braid's Tim and Gish's Gish, for instance, show up as playable characters.
  51. Oct 24, 2010
    Even though Super Meat Boy will make most casual players shy away from it due to its extreme, raw (pun intended) level of difficulty, there's plenty of content to dig through and it's all well worth the effort.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 304 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 304
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    This game is amazing. Takes me back to playing old school games, how fun and simple those were, but this game has an awesome twist with aThis game is amazing. Takes me back to playing old school games, how fun and simple those were, but this game has an awesome twist with a super cool story line. It's fun, and so addicting. I've played it for HOURS at a time. This game has personality, which so many others lack. Best. Platformer. Ever. Character development and story writing is astonishing. This game is EPIC. Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    This game is incredibly over-hyped. While there is some charm to be found in the simple mechanics and presentation, the controls can be veryThis game is incredibly over-hyped. While there is some charm to be found in the simple mechanics and presentation, the controls can be very loose and fickle. The levels, while short, have almost no margin for error, therein leading to frustration and poor level design masquerading as "challenge". The only reason this is forgivable by so many reviewers is that the very short levels allow for endless instant restarts until, often by luck, you get it just right. I support the indie scene, and the "game-play over graphics" mentality, but in this case, the emperor really has no clothes; the game just isn't all that good. Full Review »
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    Impossibly good. This game should not be compared directly to the retro games of yore. Their clunky controls are reason enough to take aImpossibly good. This game should not be compared directly to the retro games of yore. Their clunky controls are reason enough to take a hard look at what was, and know that it belongs in the past. This is the future of platform gaming. The story, while simple, is hilarious, and the cut scenes are actually worth watching for a change. The art is simply enough to make it easy to follow the game, but carries loads of personality. The music is amazing, and despite reports to the contrary, are not all chip-tune tracks. Orchestral, synth and the occasional chippy track in the warp zone levels round out the game nicely. The sound effects are perfectly disgusting, the sound of sloshing, swishing meat drove my wife from the room, so PROPS for that Super Meat Boy.

    Best of all, this game is HARD. It separates the men from the boys (and the women from the boys too), and it is not hard because the levels were poorly built. It is hard because you suck at games. All in all Super Meat Boy is the best game to come along on XBLA in ages.
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