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Dr. Fetus' Mean Meat Machine

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Puzzle
Publisher: Headup Games
Developer: Team Meat
Release Date: June 22, 2023

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'Dr. Fetus' Mean Meat Machine' Is A Match-4 Puzzler Coming To Switch, PlayStation, Xbox and PC In 2023 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 17, 2023 @ 12:33 p.m. PDT

Set in the Super Meat Boy universe featuring Meat Boy’s archnemesis, Dr. Fetus' Mean Meat Machine is a match-4 puzzler given a unique twist by the nefarious Dr. Fetus.

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, missiles, and molten lava. 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!

“We’ve had a fantastic relationship with Team Meat going back over a decade and it’s been a real pleasure to take that to the next level and work in collaboration with them to create Dr. Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine,” said Mark Aldrup, Head of Development at Headup. “Working together has allowed us to capture the hardcore essence of Meat Boy and bring it to a completely new genre to create a puzzle title unlike anything else out there.”

“When Headup approached us with this idea for a match-4 puzzle game, we fell in love with it,” said Team Meat co-founder Tommy Refenes. “We merged their programming and design with our art and design skills and now we have this wickedly fun and beautiful puzzle game coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC that we never would have even considered making if not for their amazing prototype. I can’t wait for people to play it!”

Sticking with Super Meat Boy tradition, levels in Dr. Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine are short but very difficult. Levels are divided up in phases where each phase introduces more hazards and challenges into the level. After all the phases have been completed the level is completed. If a player dies in a level they will be restarted at the beginning of the last phase they made it to. The different worlds consist of several levels and each world has a boss fight level at the end. 

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

Key Features:

  • Over 100 hand-crafted levels filled with unique and deadly traps
  • Outrageous boss fights that up the ante with additional mechanics
  • One-of-a-kind combination of puzzle and action gameplay
  • Help Dr. Fetus create the perfect Super Meat Boy clone
  • Revisit worlds from Super Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy Forever
  • Original Soundtrack created by RIDICULON, with unique Remixes from Super Meat Boy Forever tracks and new scores
  • Developed in cooperation with Team Meat and the original Super Meat Boy Forever artists
  • Test your skills to the limit with 30 Achievements to unlock

Dr. Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam) in 2023.

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