Mean Meat Machine by Dr. Fetus refers to Mean Bean Machine by Dr. Robotnik
Great Meat Boy gets a spin-off title: Bad Meat Machine by Dr. Fetus. The game combines match-4 puzzle gameplay with the high-difficulty gameplay that Great Meat Boy is known for. The game is also actually a reference to another game, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machinewhich was Sega’s rebranding of Puyo Puyo inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog.
The game is scheduled for release in the 2023 window on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
The trailer teases the premise, and the game Between Us-esque animation style, and shows Dr. Fetus, the antagonist of Great Meat Boy, flipping giant switches in a lab. It then cuts to gameplay that looks like Puyo Puyo, except styled in the cartoonish aspect of Great Meat Boy. It is also full of dangers. You’ll try to line up red, yellow, purple, and green meats while avoiding threats like buzzsaws, ghostly enemies, and chainsaws.
According to a description of the game on the publisher’s website, it will take place immediately after the events of Super Meat Boy Forever. The game will also include backgrounds and animations, created by the original artists of Super Meat Boy and Super Meat Boy Forever, for 100 levels.
In Puyo Puyo games, players line up falling blocks to match four or more of the same color to score points and free up space on the board. Bad Meat Machine by Dr. Fetus however, it’s not just Headup Development’s take on a Puyo Puyo-style game – it also references another spin-off, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. The 1993 Sega Genesis game was, in turn, Sega’s take on a Puyo Puyo game inspired by Sonic The Hedgehog.