We took a moment to play both the tablet and PC versions of the game at the event, which both relied on two physical (or touch-based) buttons. While Meat Boy never stopped sprinting through the boldly-outlined demo level, he happily jumped, slid and fell to the Earth at a rapid pace on command. Leaping across broad gaps and jumping from wall to wall, our Meat Boy dodged spinning saw blades just like he did in the original, making the experience feel immediately at home with pared-down controls, particularly on a mobile device.
Super Meat Boy Forever (PAX Prime 2014)
And oh, there were many attempts. Death often found Meat Boy within seconds, and just like Super Meat Boy, players start back up again at an instant. The level wasn't the same as Meat Boy left it, however; during our demo, we cycled through what seemed to be a dozen or so "chunks," as Refenes called them. The areas were procedurally-generated based on their mechanics and concepts, as well as their difficulty, and players see a new one upon dying.
After a number of inevitable and near-constant deaths, we eventually cycled back to obstacle patterns we saw before and begin recalling what sequence of actions and critical timing the puzzles demanded. The number of variations to the demo hit the sweet spot where they felt ever-changing, yet encouraged the kind of learning and recollection that a difficult platformer like Super Meat Boy requires.
Like the previous outing on XBLA and Steam, Super Meat Boy Forever will include other playable characters and environments that may introduce new skills for Meat Boy. Refenes also vowed that "the bosses are actually going to be good in [the game]," while stressing that Super Meat Boy Forever is a "huge," "serious" sort of game for tablets, the type that feels more in line with a console experience. "Kind of all the stuff we weren't able to do with time constraints in [Super Meat Boy] are going to be in this one," he added.
Super Meat Boy Forever will launch in 2015 for PC, iOS and Android. Team Meat officially put its other in-progress game, Mew-Genics, on hold to finish its mobile-focused platformer.