Some time after the events of Super Meat Boy Forever, the evil Dr. Fetus enough DNA samples to put together his own pocket-sized Meat Boy. But like a dirty reconstituted steak full of offal and additives, the first results smell strongly of carrion. Difficult, difficult to clone a video game icon correctly. To fulfill its ambitions, the doctoral embryo devises a series of test chambers filled with deadly traps that are supposed to wipe out non-viable organisms. That’s the whole narrative pretext behind it The evil meat machine of Dr. Fetus, which takes the basics of Puyo Puyo-type match-4 games by transposing them into the violently brutal universe of Super Meat Boy. Team Meat promises to keep the DNA of platformers with toupee tearing challenges, spectacular bosses and a congruent artistic direction.
Is it the Dark Souls from match-4 or what?
Over 100 different levels await budding eugenicists. Combining puzzle and action, you must collect clones of the same color in packs of four in each room you must traverse…while dodging lava bags, jigsaw puzzles and other mechanisms of death. The progression, divided into different areas, will revisit familiar worlds from the series, such as the hospital or the salt factory. To our delight, the artistic directors of the series will remain faithful to the post, especially the zicos van RIDICULOUS. Close to Edmund McMillen’s mental universe, this Massachusetts duo has already set to music The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth, but also SMB Forever, of which they will remix several tracks for the Meat Machine.
In addition to paying homage to a particular Sega game in the title choice, the original idea comes from a prototype developed by the Headup studio in 2020. According to Tommy Refenes, historic co-creator of the franchise and mastermind of Team Meat, “to collaborate [leur] captured the essence of Meat Boy and injected it into an entirely new genre to create a puzzle game unlike any other.“A more than ambitious task, the success of which we will be able to validate or deny in 2023 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series, PS4, PS5 and Switch.