IndieBox Review: Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is easily one of my all time favorites. Its challenging, fast-paced platforming action had me hooked from day one. So when I was told it would be receiving a special edition Indie Box release, I had to get my hands on one.

Just from the look of the box itself you can tell it’s not a normal release. Dubbed the “Doctor Fetus Edition”, this version of the game comes pre-vandalized by everyone’s favorite evil baby in a jar. Riddled with “edits”, comments, and doodles, the box is a joy to inspect. Graffiti covers everything, even the manual, with snarky comments about our Meat Boy. The charm of this edition is overflowing.

Of course we are given a case with the game disc and soundtrack, both fitting in with the bootleg look of the entire collection. The soundtrack is presented on a used CD-R once holding tunes for Dr. Fetus, and the game disc has the look of scratches and wear. The case cover also oozes personality and grit. Presented like a display of ground beef at the grocery, it lists nutritional values and even fat content. The manual is full color and bursting with info, tidbits and even comics. This is how manuals should be done; how they used to be done.

Now for an even more tongue-in-cheek item; The infamous ‘Level Skipper’ button. This very videogame-looking item seems to allow the player, err…owner, to skip the current level if they simply insert some AA batteries. Excited to see what life held next for me, I quickly took them from my TV remote (as no one uses batteries in basically anything else these days), and popped them into this grey gadget. Upon pressing the button, I was greeted with a very depressing message mocking me for believing in such a thing. It even insulted me. I loved it.

The last item in the box was a small bag containing ‘Meat Cubes’. These appear to be representative of the thousands of dead Meat Boys you are bound to create over your time with the game. It comes complete with a small cardboard cutout of Dr. Fetus, looking rather proud as he sits atop the remains of his rival.

As always, The Indie Box brings us the physical copies of games in the presentation and quality we deserve. They are not only well done, but clearly done with love. You get a lot of bang for your buck, and they are truly deserving of some shelf space. Oh, and you may notice a “Very Special” greeting card in the background of the above picture. Well that was a wonderful glitter bomb card sent from Team Meat with the lovely message of “Ur Dumb” written on the inside. The reason I didn’t take a photo after the initial opening is because of my uncontrollable rage due to the mess it made on my hardwood floor. Love you too guys! <3


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Justin Ortiz

Introduced to video games when he was only five, after dying somewhere around four thousand times while playing Star Tropics, he never looked back. Some of his favorites range from titles like Shenmue and Metal Gear Solid 3 to Half-Life 2, Manhunt, and the Dark Souls series. Justin has a passion for vinyl records, and loves to collect video game memorabilia. If he had one wish, it would be to travel back to 1984 Miami.

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